Our otology research is primarily focused on microscopic study of human temporal bones acquired from individuals with well-documented otologic (ear) disorders. Through the Otopathology Laboratory, some of our focus areas now under investigation include cochlear implants, auditory brainstem pathology, quantitative vestibular otopathology, biology of the spiral ligament, genetic deafness, and the molecular basis of otosclerosis.
Our temporal bone collection has been the basis of more than 400 original articles, book chapters, reviews, editorials, and books devoted to anatomy, pathology, and surgery of the ear. At present, our temporal bone collection, which is located at our main campus in Boston, contains more than 2,000 temporal bones, most of which were acquired from individuals with well-documented otologic disease.
Our staff, which includes specially trained researchers and post-doctoral research fellows, work to understand the pathology of the inner ear