Chistopher Neal, B.A.

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Tinnitus (ringing in your ears) and hearing loss share many common causes ranging from disease and medication to exposure to damaging sound.  Despite these shared causes, it is possible to have tinnitus without any corresponding hearing loss or hearing loss without any tinnitus.  My research examines sound trauma induced maladaptive plastic changes in the central auditory system (dorsal cochlear nucleus).  I am particularly interested in the differences between noise-exposed animals that display behavioral evidence of tinnitus and those that do not.

Memberships

  • IGPBS Start Date
    • Fall 2011
  • Mentor
    • Dianne Durham, Ph.D.
      • Department of Otolaryngology, KUMC
      • Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, KUMC

Selected Publications

  • Papers
    • Neal, Christopher; Kennon-McGill, S.; Freemyer, A.; Shum, A.; Staecker, H.; & Durham, D. (2015) Hair Cell Counts in a Rat Model of Sound Damage: Effects of Tissue Preparation & Identification fo Regions of Hair Cell loss.  Hearing Research, 328, 120-132

 

  • Abstracts/ Poster Presentations
    • Association for Research in Otolaryngology (2016, San Diego, CA)
      • Neal, Christopher; Freemyer, A,; Staecker, H.; & Durham, D.  Analysis of Auditory and Non-Auditory Input in the Dorsal Cochlear Nucleus in a Rat Model of Tinnitus & Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
      • Freemyer, A; Neal; Christopher; Staecker, H; & Durham, D Neuroplasticity and Depression in an Animal Model of Tinnitus
    • Society for Neuroscience (2015, Chicago, IL)
      • Neal, Christopher; Staecker, H.; & Durham, D. Quantification of Auditory and Non-Auditory Input to the Dorsal Cochlear Nucleus
    • Association for Research in Otolaryngology (2015, Baltimore, MA)
      • Neal, Christopher; Kennon-McGill, S.; Freemyer, A.; Staecker, H.; & Durham, D. Comparisons of Cochlear Hair Cell Counts from Four Related Sound Damage Paradigms and Two Tissue Preparation Methods
    • Association for Research in Otolaryngology (2014, San Diego, CA)
      • Neal, Christopher; Kennon-McGill, S.; Staecker, H.; Imig, T.; & Durham, D.  Distinct Patterns of Cochlear Hair Cell Loss Following Exposure to Different Levels of Acoustic Trauma

Selected Awards & Honors

  • Fellowships & Awards
    • Lila & Madison Self Graduate Fellowship (University of Kansas, 2012-2016)
    • Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) Graduate Student Travel Award (2015)
    • Graduate Student Professional Development Award, University of Kansas (2015)
    • Madison & Lila Self Graduate Fellowship Travel Award (2015)

Contact Information

The University of Kansas
Neuroscience Graduate Program
c/o Dr. Rick Dobrowsky
School of Pharmacy, Ste 2001-D
2010 Becker Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047
Telephone: (785) 864-3531 or (785) 864-3893
E-mail: dobrowsky@ku.edu or psteffan@ku.edu

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