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Kresge Hearing Research Institute

Department of Otolaryngology

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Welcome to the Hearing, Balance and Chemical Senses Program!

The goal of the Hearing, Balance and Chemical Senses (HBCS) program is to mentor and train talented individuals to become leading research scientists in the fields of hearing, balance, and the chemical senses (taste and smell). The program offers traineeship stipends for four predoctoral trainees and three postdoctoral trainees. In addition, mentorship from 25 faculty engaged in research on hearing, balance, taste, and/or smell is available through a wide variety of disciplines ranging from biochemistry and molecular biology through neurophysiology and biopsychology.

The HBCS program also offers trainees weekly seminars by internationally-renowned research scientists in a wide variety of fields related to the goals of the program and provides trainees the opportunity to discuss research and research careers with these individuals over lunch. In addition, the program insures that trainees will receive the appropriate education in research standards and ethics through classroom and/or computer-based training programs offered at the University of Michigan. Visit the Research Standards and Ethics program for more information.

Our goal is to train first-rate scientists who will obtain academic positions, manage productive research laboratories, and effectively compete for research funding from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and other programs at the NIH and NSF.

In addition to these objectives for predoctoral and postdoctoral training, the training program in hearing, balance and chemical senses has a goal of attracting talented individuals from under-represented minorities into the fields of science and medicine in general, and into the research areas of hearing, balance, and chemical senses in particular. Our faculty participates regularly in the University of Michigan's King/Chavez/Parks Program and the Summer Research Opportunity Program which are designed to attract underrepresented minorities at the high school level and university level, respectively, to attend college/graduate school and pursue careers in science, medicine, and other academic disciplines.

The University of Michigan, founded in 1817, is one of the nation's leading universities, and its strength in the sciences of hearing, balance, and chemical senses is internationally recognized. Faculty members in this program hold joint appointments in:

The University of Michigan, founded in 1817, is one of the nation's leading universities, and its strength in the sciences of hearing, balance, and chemical senses is internationally recognized. Faculty members in this program hold joint appointments in:

For more information on any of these programs, contact the program director (Dr. Susan Shore), or the co-director (Dr. Kent Berridge).