Improving patients' lives through research

The Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center continues to be a national leader in exploration of otolaryngology and human communication disorders.

The department has made significant recent contributions to:

  • Defining the pathogenesis of otitis media
  • Examining language development in children with hearing loss
  • Understanding the underlying factors contributing to head and neck cancer
  • Understanding areas of postural control and vestibular-ocular mechanisms
  • Studying the genetics of neurofibromatosis and vestibular schwannoma
  • Identifying the underlying mechanisms of Meniere's disease
Active research includes basic and clinically-related studies surrounding the molecular genetics of vestibular schwannomas, delivery systems for drugs to the cochlea and vestibular system and implantable hearing aids and middle ear mechanics. Several faculty serve on NIH study sections or national-level grant review panels. The department also actively participates in clinical trials in treatment of head and neck cancers and other disorders. In addition, groundbreaking work is being done in developing a virtual temporal bone dissection simulator in collaboration with the Ohio Supercomputer Center on the OSU campus.
Research Teams

Research Teams

Clinical Trials

The Department of Otolaryngology explores various different clinical trials.

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Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital

As an international leader in pediatric research, science is thriving at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The behavioral, basic and clinician scientists are redefining pediatric health care with best outcomes for every child in mind.

The Center for Microbial Pathogenesis is located at Nationwide Children's. The emphasis of the center is to develop a greater understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which microorganisms cause infectious diseases, as well as how the host responds to these disease states.

Research at Nationwide Children's Center for Microbial Pathogenesis


Recent publications by The Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery faculty members.




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