Development of Afferent and Efferent Innervation in the Inner Ear

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

The goal of this proposal is to obtain a comprehensive picture of how afferent and efferent innervation patterns are set up in the organ of Corti. Using a recently described Insm1 mouse model, in which IHCs are intermingled with OHCs in the outer compartment (oc-IHCs), I will test the hypothesis that there is a hierarchical model of innervation such that hair cell type dictates afferent innervation which in turn determines the type of efferent innervation received (aim 1). Additionally, using a combination of mouse genetics and cochlear explant cultures combined with viral vectors, I will test novel candidate genes for roles in axonal pathfinding and branching in the cochlea (aim 2 and alternative aim 2/future goals). I believe these aims will materially advance our understanding of the neuronal circuits within the ear and ultimately lead to the development new and improved treatments for hearing loss.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date8/6/207/31/25

Funding

  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (1K01DC018852-01)

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