The National Deafness and Other Communication
Disorders Advisory Council welcomed five new members at its recent meeting. The meeting
included a presentation by NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, who described NIH research highlights and areas of emphasis and answered questions from council members. The new members
Dr. Lauren Bakaletz, professor in the department
of otolaryngology, Ohio State University, and vice-president for basic science research at the Research Institute at Nationwide Childrenís Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. Her work includes understanding the pathogenic mechanisms operating in otitis media, particularly the roles of bacterial adhesives and biofilm formation.
Dr. Gerald Berke, chief of head and neck surgery
in the school of medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles. His scientific work includes voice disorders, swallowing problems, snoring, deviated or perforated septa, parathyroid
and thyroid disease and trauma.
Dr. Saumil Merchant, the Gudrun Larsen Eliasen
and Nels Kristian Eliasen chair in otology and laryngology at Harvard Medical School. His research interests include pathology of the middle
ear to better understand sound transmission through normal, diseased and reconstructed middle ears.
Dr. Carolyn Stern, a family physician and partner
of DeafDoc.org, a web site that covers health care issues using American Sign Language and captions. She also works as an urgent care physician
in the Unity Health System and is medical director at Rochester School for the Deaf.
Dr. Bevan Yueh, professor and chair of the department of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at the University of Minnesota. His scientific
interests include head and neck surgery, clinical epidemiology, head and neck tumors, salivary gland tumors and thyroid tumors.