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A step toward gene therapy for deafness

Dr. Jeffrey Holt and colleagues successfully restored hearing in mice with a genetic form of deafness, modeling the relatively common human TMC1 mutation.

 

 

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PoeThe Department recently celebrated the promotion of Dennis S. Poe, M.D., Ph.D., neurotologic surgeon in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement at Boston ChildrenŠs Hospital, to Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Poe first joined Harvard Medical School as a part-time Assistant Professor of Otolaryn-gology in 1996. He completed his undergraduate degree in bioengineering in 1978 from Syracuse University and earned his medical degree in 1982 from the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center. 

In 2011, Dr. Poe received his Ph.D. in pathophysiology and surgical treatment of the Eustachian tube from Tampere University of Technology in Finland. Having been trained in both bioengineering and medicine, Dr. Poe has married the two disciplines to create technological solutions to problems in otolaryngology throughout his career.


HoltThe Department recently celebrated the promotion of Jeffrey R. Holt, Ph.D., Director of Research in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement at Boston ChildrenŠs Hospital, to Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School.

A pioneering neuroscientist and researcher, Dr. Holt joined the faculty in the Harvard Medical School Department of Otolaryngology in 2011 and has been making substantial contributions in the area of gene therapy for hearing loss since.



Shane-KennaMargaret (Marly) A. Kenna, M.D., MPH, FACS, FAAP, (pictured in the middle) Director of Clinical Research for the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement at Boston ChildrenŠs Hospital, is the inaugural recipient of the Sarah Fuller Chair for Hearing Loss and Hearing Restoration. is honor recognizes more than three decades of dedication and contributions to the field of pediatric otolaryngology.
  
In 2008, Dr. Kenna was named the first female Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. The Chair, which is funded by the generosity of the Sarah Fuller Foundation, also honors the legacy of Sarah Fuller, who was a pioneer in caring for children with hearing loss.

Howard C. Shane, Ph.D.,(pictured  on the right) Director of the Center for Communication Enhancement at Boston ChildrenŠs Hospital and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Center for Communication Enhancement Directorship Chair.

It was Dr. ShaneŠs first job out of college that led him to discover his interest in speech and communication technology. He designed a communication device for children with cerebral palsy in 1969 and joined the Boston ChildrenŠs Hospital Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement in 1977 to continue this line of work. Now, Dr. Shane is known internationally for his work in creating procedures and technologies for persons with complex communication disorders.

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