Experimental Otolaryngology


Head of Department:
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Heinrich Iro

Systemic basic research in human, animal and computational models

The Experimental Otolaryngology lab of Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Holger Schulze adresses  different topics od basic research oriented systemic neuroscience focusing especially on the auditory system. Sensory and cognitive aspects of hearing are worked on in healthy as well as in a pathological context. Therefore, the focus lies on hearing loss and tinnitus but also on learning induced plasticity in the auditory system or the objective sensory threshold determination. To gain a global understanding of the relevant neurophysiological mechanisms the lab combines several methodological approaches and models, ranging from an animal model over computational simulations to human studies, from basic to translational research (“from bench to bedside”) and from the single neuron to the complete system.

This broad methodological orientation allows us different cooperation with other groups interested in e.g. sleep research (Dr. Traxdorf), the neurophysiological basis of metaphors (ELINAS) or the innovation or further development of methods (Prof. Kellermann, PD Metzner). Correspondingly, we keep cooperation with members of the Technical Faculty and Faculties of Natural Science and Philosophy and offer theses for medical doctors and dentists, natural scientists (focusing on biology, ILS and physics) as well as engineers.

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