Office of Research

Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center


The Center's missions are the discovery of new fundamental knowledge about hearing and balance and disorders of hearing and balance, and the application of these findings toward improved diagnostic methods and therapies.

The Center envisions the University of Washington as a premiere institution in the quest to conquer deafness and disequilibrium by prevention and by restoring hearing and balance through repair and regeneration. This vision is based on past performance, work in progress, and long range planning for research in the molecular and genetic mechanisms that control the development, function, and regeneration of the audiovestibular systems.

The Center values the innovative pursuit of knowledge, rigorous scientific integrity, and classical scholarship in a collegial environment characterized by teamwork, information sharing, and mutual respect.

The Center's mission is carried out through multidisciplinary fundamental and clinical research, research training, information dissemination to the professions, and public education.

Funding Information:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) P30.

Reporting Structure:

Neal Futran, Chair, the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, and Paul Ramsey, Dean, School of Medicine

Related UW Entities:

College of Engineering,
College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Music

Center Details

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Director: Rubenstein, Jay
Location: CHDD
Year Started: 1988
Administrator / Program Manager: Higgins, Carolyn
Administering College/School: School of Medicine 
P.I. Home Department: Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 
Faculty Involvement: 80