Tinnitus, the most common auditory disorder, affects about 40 million people in the United States alone. Although several approaches for the alleviation of tinnitus exist, there is as of yet no cure. The present article proposes a testable model for tinnitus that is grounded in recent findings from human imaging and focuses on brain areas in cortex, thalamus, and ventral striatum. Hopefully, this model will guide ongoing research on the circuit mechanisms of tinnitus and provide potential avenues for effective treatment.

Tuning Out the Noise: Limbic-Auditory Interactions in Tinnitus
Josef P. Rauschecker, Amber M. Leaver, Mark Mühlau
Neuron, Volume 66, Issue 6, 819-826, 24 June 2010

tyler coelho 202x150Richard Tyler and Claudia Coelho received the Editor's Award of the American Journal of Audiology for the best publication in 2008. The paper on "Identifying tinnitus subgroups with cluster analysis" meets the highest quality standards in research design, presentation, and impact for the given year. It is truly a high honor for Richard Tyler and Claudia Coelho together with their coauthors Pan Tao, Haihong Ji, William Noble, Anne K. Gehringer and Stephanie A. Gogel.

winfried schlee 126x150Winfried Schlee received the Award of the Schmieder Foundation 2008 for his dissertation on tinnitus research "Towards a Global Model of Tinnitus Perception: Multiple Evidence for a Long-Range Cortical Tinnitus Network"

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Winner of the "Young Investigator Award" at Biomag 2008
Winfried Schlee received the Young Investigator Award for his excellent presentation of the TRI-funded work about "Directed Coherence in the Resting Tinnitus Brain" during the "International Conference on Biomagnetism" (Biomag). Biomag is the most important specialized meeting in the field of magnetoencephalography (MEG). Therefore this award is a high scientific acknowledgment for Winfried Schlee and his coworkers T. Hartmann, N. Müller, I. Lorenz, S. Dalal and N. Weisz.

Belen Elgoyhen 150 100Ana Belén Elgoyhen, leader of the Pharmacological Workgroup, published in a recent issue of PLOS Biology, that a genetically modified cholinergic receptor in the inner ear can enhance noise protecion by the sound limiting system in the inner ear. The encouraging news is, that there is a real chance of finding ear-specific drugs for preventing noise trauma and tinnitus in the future: "A Point Mutation in the Hair Cell Nicotinic Cholinergic Receptor Prolongs Cochlear Inhibition and Enhances Noise Protection".

Ana Belén Elgoyhen received the L'Oreal UNESCO Award
Read about Ana Belén Elgoyhen, leader of the Pharmacological Workgroup, who is the Laureate 2008 for Latin America of the "L'oreal UNESCO for women in Science awards"
Among others Ana Belén has been interviewed about Tinnitus for Perfil, an argentine newspaper.

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