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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.

Core Services Offered

Confocal Imaging

Funding Information

Hearing Health Foundation: 6/1/2018-5/31/2019
Hearing Health Foundation: 6/1/2018-5/31/2019
National Institutes of Health K23 DC013055: 7/01/14-06/30/19
National Institutes of Health R01 DC014002: 8/01/14-07/31/19
National Institutes of Health R01 DC013771-01: 5/1/14-5/31/19
US Department of Defense DM170556OD: 7/01/2018-06/30/2021
Washington University in St. Louis: 7/1/17 – 6/30/19
Various Endowments, Pledges, and Gifts

Reporting Structure

The VMBHRC is affiliated with the Department of Otolaryngology; as such the director reports to the department chair of this department.

Related UW Entities

The Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center is a multidisciplinary center incorporating faculty in the School of Medicine, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. All told, sixteen University of Washington departments are represented here.

Anesthesiology, Applied Mathematics, Bioengineering, Biology, Biological Structure, Electrical Engineering, Environmental and Occupational Sciences, Genome Sciences, Medical Genetics, Neurology, Otolaryngology-HNS, Physiology & Biophysics, Psychology, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Radiology, Speech & Hearing Sciences