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Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher Grant for our Hacettepe student Pınar Ertürk

Pınar Ertürk has been awarded Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher Grant. She was invited by Emerging Auditory Research Lab led by Dr. Julie Arenberg at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, for one academic year research visit starting from 8th Feb 2021.

Dr. Arenberg’s research focuses on improving speech perception abilities and listening experience of  hearing impaired pediatrics and adults by using a translational approach. Pınar will be working as a visiting researcher of Dr. Arenberg’s Lab on the purpose of conducting her Phd thesis research about speech on speech perception of hearing impaired individuals.

New consortium project CoSySpeech funded by ERA-NET NEURON

Very happy to announce that our consortium grant application to ERA-NET NEURON Translational Research Call on Sensory Disorders is funded. In our project CoSySpeech: The Functional Role of Cochlear Synaptopathy for Speech Coding in the Brain, we will be working with a fantastic team of partners, including locally Dr. E. Gaudrain, UMCG; and international partners of Prof. Sarah Verhulst, Ghent Univ, Belgium; Dr. Jérôme Bourien and Prof. Jean-Luc Puel, France; Prof. Manuel Malmierca, Spain; and Prof. Marlies Knipper, Dr. Lukas Rüttiger, and Dr. Kerstin Just, Germany.
We aim high, will try to fill the gap between animal work and models and human speech perception in cochlear synaptopathy.
Other funded proposals and a summary of our proposal can be found here:

2019 Guyot Prize Ceremony and Symposium, ‘Advances in Biological Otology’, 29 Oct 2019

2019 Guyot Prize Ceremony and Symposium will take place at UMCG on 29 October 2019. We have a wonderful program! It is open to everyone, but registration required.

The Guyot Prize is the oldest scientific prize offered by the University of Groningen, and it is awarded for outstanding achievements in auditory science and otology. This year it will be awarded to prof. Tobias Moser for his contribution to our understanding of the synapses in the inner ear and to the development of an optogenetic cochlear implant. We will celebrate this prize with a symposium, ‘Advances in Biological Otology’.

Thomas Koelewijn and Laura Rachman join the VICI project.

We were lucky to have two new researchers, Thomas Koelewijn and Laura Rachman, who joined us for the VICI project. After earlier work on audiovisual perception and attention, Thomas has been very productive in listening effort in normal and impaired hearing, especially in utilizing pupillometry. Laura joined us with her expertise on processing of vocal emotion cues, and the computer transformation of these cues as a research tool.

Welcome Thomas and Laura to db SPL Lab!

PhD Defense, Nawal El Boghdady, 24 June 2019, 11:00: “On the color of voices: The relationship between cochlear implant users’ voice cue perception and speech intelligibility in cocktail-party scenarios”

Nawal El Boghdady will defend her thesis: “On the color of voices: The relationship between cochlear implant users’ voice cue perception and speech intelligibility in cocktail-party scenarios” on 24 June 2019, 11:00.

The ceremony will take place at the Aula of the RUG Academy Building.

There will be a celebration seminar on 25 June, “Revisiting voice and speech perception in cochlear implant users.” Detailed info is here.