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(CoBRE) Translational Hearing Center

(Image courtesy of Dr. David He, Dr. Richard J. Bellucci Translational Hearing Center, Creighton)

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Message From Our Program Director

Dr. Peter Steyger

Welcome to the Dr. Richard J. Bellucci Translational Hearing Center, an NIH/NIGMS-funded Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) committed to developing a cadre of translational auditory/vestibular research scientists developing biomedical and ototherapeutic solutions that preserve or restore hearing and vestibular function. We currently support 3 Research Projects Leaders (each at $200k per year for up to three years) and 3 Pilot Project Awardees (each at $50k for 1 year). The Center has 2 specialized Research Cores, the Auditory & Vestibular Technology Core, and the Drug Discovery & Delivery Core, to assist researchers in meeting their research goals.

Hearing loss in infants and children results in delayed acquisition of listening and spoken language skills critical for academic achievement and maximal career trajectories. In the aging population, hearing loss and vestibular deficits without appropriate rehabilitation accelerates aging and cognitive decline.

The Center is located at Creighton University, with nearby Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) as institutional partners. Our Overall goal is to build a critical mass of academi. The Dr. Richard J. Bellucci Translational Hearing Center is open to all researchers at Creighton, BTNRH and UNMC developing strategies to preserve or restore hearing and vestibular function. The Center is an inter-departmental, inter-school and inter-institutional collaborative research environment. For example, Research Core co-Directors are from:

  • Biomedical Sciences as well as Pharmacology in the School of Medicine;
  • Pharmacy Sciences in the School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences; and
  • Physics in the College of Arts of Sciences, at Creighton University.

Junior faculty from all three participating institutions are eligible for Pilot Awards (~4 per year) and Research Project Leader slots (when available; see “Request for Applications” tab) Center Committee members are at both Boys Town National Research Hospital and at University of Nebraska Medical Center. More Information can be found elsewhere on this website (currently still under construction).

This research was supported by the Dr. Richard J. Bellucci Translational Hearing Center funded by GM139762 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. This investigation is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not represent the official views of supporting institution.