Four Key Areas
The Research Team
The Initiative is led by 11 world-class researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Department:
Stefan Heller, PhD
Kay Chang, MD
Anthony Ricci, PhD
John S. Oghalai, MD
Nickolas H. Blevins, MD
Robert Jackler, MD
Sewell Professor and Chair
Mirna Mustapha, PhD
Sunil Puria, PhD
Alan G. Cheng, MD
Gerald Popelka, PhD
Nicolas Grillet, PhD
The Stanford Advantage: a Network of Collaboration
Stanford University Medical Center has a long tradition of leadership in discovery, innovation, and creative research. Its world-class hospitals dedicated to adult and pediatric care and its close proximity to allied programs throughout the university—including biology, physics, engineering, and computer science—allows investigators to interact and collaborate, participating in multidisciplinary programs with the potential for “outside-the-box” solutions that will lead to new therapies, technologies, and innovations.
By sustaining a research culture that encourages translational medicine—a close interrelationship between basic science investigators and the surgeons and physicians working directly with patients—Stanford continues to lay the groundwork for previously unimagined ways to treat and prevent disease.
SICHL expands on this environment of collaboration by strengthening an already well-established network of more than 50 scientists, engineers, and staff working to bridge the gap between scientific research and real-life medical applications.
They have direct access to state-of-the-art core imaging laboratory facilities, including confocal two-photon microscopy, optical coherence tomography, and advanced electrophysiology, as well as outstanding clinical programs in otology, audiology, neurology, and hearing assistance devices. This configuration sets the groundwork for easily transitioning promising bioscience research into real-life clinical trials.
Stanford’s internationally renowned stem cell program is at the forefront of addressing some of the great challenges of stem cells and regenerative medicine. As stem cell breakthroughs accelerate, scientists are generating a barrage of new biomedical information that is being accessed and analyzed from multiple perspectives. This work is opening the possibility of the regeneration of hair cells, and work in auditory restoration is years ahead of work taking place at other institutions.