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NIA Workshop 2013: Auditory Plasticity and Aging

June 7, 2013


Date: August 12-13, 2013 (Monday & Tuesday)
Location: Natcher Conference Center, NIH, Bethesda, MD

Workshop Description

Age-related hearing loss is highly prevalent among older adults. The degree and types of hearing loss among older adults are very variable. Peripheral hearing loss, largely associated with degeneration of hair cells and/or other structural damages in the cochlea, has been considered a major contributor to age-related hearing loss. The impact of the central auditory pathway, from the cochlear nucleus to high order auditory cortical areas, on age-related changes in hearing is much less understood. In particular, auditory plasticity of the central auditory pathway, which has been a rich area for research in developmental and adult auditory function, has been largely lacking from the aging perspective. The deficiency of such knowledge may underlie the difficulty in developing and perfecting personalized auditory remediation or rehabilitation strategies for older adults with age-related hearing deficits.
The goal of this workshop is to bring experts together in the fields of brain aging, age-related hearing loss, and auditory plasticity to identify common ground and suitable strategies to enhance research on auditory plasticity and aging, as well as to facilitate the integration of basic research on age-related deficits in the auditory pathway with clinical research on age-related hearing loss.

Online Registration

The workshop is open to the public. Registration for the workshop is free. Due to space limitations, registration will be on a first-come first reserve basis. To register for the workshop, please fill out the online registration form. Online registration will be closed after July 31, 2013. Additional information about the workshop and the associated logistics will be emailed; but confirmed registrants should make their own travel arrangements.

Workshop Organizers

Gregg Recanzone, University of California at Davis
Wen G. Chen, National Institute on Aging
Christopher Platt, National Institute for Deafness & Other Communication Disorders
Molly V. Wagster, National Institute on Aging

Workshop Program (tentative)

August 12, 2013 (Monday)
12:30-1:00 p.m. Registration
1:00-1:05 p.m. Welcome Remarks
Molly Wagster, National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, MD
1:05-1:10 p.m. Workshop Charge
Gregg Recanzone, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA
1:10-1:15 p.m. Workshop Logistics
Wen Chen, National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, MD
1:15-2:00 p.m. Keynote Seminar
Carol Barnes, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2:00-6:00 p.m. SESSION ONE: Bottom-up Auditory Processing and Plasticity in Aging Model Organisms
Moderator: Judy Dubno, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
2:00-2:10 p.m. Overview
Judy Dubno, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
2:10-2:50 p.m. Donald M. Caspary, Southern Illinois University, Springfield, IL
2:50-3:30 p.m. Joseph Walton, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
3:30-3:45 p.m. Break
3:45-4:25 p.m. Gregg Recanzone, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA
4:25-5:05 p.m. Christoph Schreiner, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
5:05-6:00 p.m. Group Discussion
6:00 p.m. Adjourn
August 13, 2013 (Tuesday)
8:30-12:30 a.m. SESSION TWO: Complex Auditory Processing and Plasticity in Aging
Moderator: Larry Humes, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
8:30-8:40 a.m. Overview
Larry Humes, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
8:40-9:20 a.m. Michael Kilgard, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX
9:20-10:00 a.m. Josef Rauschecker, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
10:00-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15-10:55 a.m. Nina Kraus, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
10:55-11:35 a.m. Patrick Wong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
11:35 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Group Discussion
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m. Closed Session
Co-Chairs: Wen Chen, National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, MD
Christopher Platt, National Institute for Deafness & Other Communication Disorders, Rockville, MD
2:30 p.m. Workshop Adjourn

Contact Information

Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.
Division of Neuroscience
National Institute on Aging
National Institutes of Health

chenw@mail.nih.gov

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