Researcher Resources

Welcome to the American Tinnitus Association's Researcher Resource page.
Here you will find the latest research funding announcements, information about the results of ATA's advocacy efforts and links to important facts, statistics and published research articles.

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Post-Doc Position Available at Georgetown University

A postdoctoral position is available to conduct research concerning tinnitus, a widespread auditory disorder that can be highly debilitating.  Ongoing projects include assessment of functional and /or anatomical changes in the brain of patients with tinnitus and/or hearing loss using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as well as development of quantitative behavioral assessments of tinnitus.  The proposed studies, funded by a grant from the Tinnitus Research Consortium (TRC), will test the hypothesis that tinnitus is a disorder that involves not only a loss of hearing and subsequent reorganization of auditory cortex, but also a compromise gating system in the ventral striatum and medial prefrontal cortex.

The incumbent will have the opportunity to assist and collaborate with ongoing functional MRI work, including studies on the Neural Basis of Speech Perception and Music Processing, and an NIH-funded project on the Compensatory Plasticity in the Early Blind.

Candidates should have a Ph.D., in Neuroscience or a related discipline, and have ample experience with functional and/or structural MRI and extensive knowledge of imaging software (BrainVoyager, SPM, FSL, Freesurfer, AFNI) and technique (VMB, DTI).

For more information about our lab visit website at linc.georgetown.edu website. 

To apply, please send CV and cover letter to kag74@georgetown.edu, with “Post Doc Position” in subject line. 

Fiscal Year 2013 (FY 13) Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program

The Department of Defense's (DoD) Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program is now accepting applications for its Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) funding opportunities. Pre-applications are due on June 24, 2013 and final proposals are due October 8, 2013. There are three award mechanisms available for this round of funding including: Clinical Trial Award; Investigator-Initiated Research Award and Technology and Therapeutic Development Award.

Congress provided a $50 million allocation for this program to research only the conditions and diseases specified in its Congressional Report to accompany the appropriation. Because of ATA's advocacy efforts, tinnitus has been included as one of those conditions eligible for research.

For full details visitCdmrp.army.mil/pubs/press/2013/13prmrppreann.shtml
To begin an application visit: Cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prmrp.shtml


 

The Lurie Prize in Biomedical Science: $100,000 Award

In 2013, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) will present the first Lurie Prize, an annual award recognizing outstanding achievement by a promising young scientist in biomedical research.

The Prize amount is $100,000 and to be used as the awardee chooses. It is made possible by a generous gift from FNIH board member Ann Lurie.

The Awardee will be selected by a jury of six distinguished biomedical researchers, chaired by Solomon H. Snyder, M.D., Distinguished Service Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology & Psychiatry, The Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The Award will be presented to the selected scientist in spring 2013, in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit http://www.fnih.org/content/lurie-prize-biomedical-sciences

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U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command Broad Agency Announcement

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command's (USAMRMC) mission is to provide solutions to medical problems of importance to the American Warfighter at home and abroad. The scope of this effort and the priorities attached to specific projects are influenced by changes in military and civilian medical science and technology, operational requirements, military threat assessments, and national defense strategies. The extramural research and development program plays a vital role in the fulfillment of the objectives established by the USAMRMC. General information on USAMRMC can be obtained at: https://mrmc.detrick.army.mil/

The Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program (CRMRP) focuses on the innovations required to reset our wounded warriors, both in terms of duty performance and quality of life. Innovations developed from CRMRP supported research efforts are expected to improve restorative treatments and rehabilitative care to maximize function for return to duty (RTD) or civilian life. The interest is in medical technologies (drugs, biologics, and devices) and treatment/rehabilitation strategies (methods, guidelines, standards and information) that will significantly improve the medical care provided to our wounded warriors within the DoD healthcare system.

One of the areas identified for research consideration for this Broad Agency Announcement is Hearing and Balance Restoration and Rehabilitation. Research to support the development of strategies and technologies that restore hearing loss and balance disorders due to trauma (including traumatic brain injury) with the end goal of achieving full return to duty capability. Areas of opportunity include, but are not limited to: acoustic trauma, tinnitus, central auditory processing disorders, vestibular dysfunction, pharmaceutical or regenerative medicine based technologies, and advanced medical devices. Future products based on these technologies should support returning to duty without maintenance, continued dosing or other logistical and medical support requirements.

Click here to view the full announcement or to start a proposal.

Closing date for applications is September 30, 2013

Resources and Statistical Information on Tinnitus in Military Populations

The following documents provide current statistical information, research and resources on tinnitus in military populations. ATA is happy to provide this helpful information to you at the click of your mouse.

  • This fact sheet provides data on the incidence of tinnitus within veterans and active duty military, as well as the alarming increases in tinnitus seen in other at-risk populations.
  • Here are the most common service-connected disabilities for veterans from all periods of service. Tinnitus is number one. 
  • This chart provides a startling visual of the cost associated with compensating of veterans who are service-connected for tinnitus as well as projections out to 2016 based on the current trends and compared with the amount of research dollars being spent. 
  • This chart shows the most common service-connected disabilities for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans
  • The Veterans Independent Budget for FY 2014 outlines some of the latest developments in military-related tinnitus, including a recent study done "in theater" (war theater) on the blast exposed population. The findings indicate that rates of tinnitus, are exceeding hearing loss at all times, indicating that this group of veterans may have higher rates of tinnitus without hearing loss than maybe any other veteran group to-date. 

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Helpful Research Articles

Cave, K.M, Cornish, E.M., Chandler D.W. (2007). Blast injury of the ear: clinical update from the global war on terror. Military Medicine, 172(7), 726-730. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17691685?ordinalpos=2&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum
Chandler, D. (2006, July 11). Blast-related ear injury in current U.S. military operations. The ASHA Leader, 11(9), 8-9, 29. Retrieved January 15, 2008, from http://www.asha.org/about/publications/leader-online/archives/2006/060711/f060711a2.htm
 
Fagelson, M.A. (2007). The association between tinnitus and posttraumatic stress disorder. American Journal of Audiology, 16(2), 107-117.
 
Helfer T.M., Jordan N.N., Lee R.B. (2005). Postdeployment hearing loss in U.S. Army soldiers seen at audiology clinics from April 1, 2003, through March 31, 2004. American Journal of Audiology, 14(2), 161-168.
 
Hinton D.E., Chhean D., Pich V., Hofmann S.G., Barlow D.H. (2006). Tinnitus among Cambodian refugees: relationship to PTSD severity. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 19(4), 541-546.
 
Humes, L., Joellenbeck, L., M., Durch, J. (2006). Noise and Military Service: Implications for Hearing Loss and Tinnitus. Washington, D.C., The National Academies Press.
 
Lew H.L., Jerger J.F., Guillory S.B., Henry J.A. (2007). Auditory dysfunction in traumatic brain injury. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 44(7), 921-928.
 
Mrena, R., Savolainen, S., Kuokkanen, J.T., Ylikoski, J. (2002). Characteristics of Tinnitus Induced by Acute Acoustic Trauma: A Long-Term Follow-Up. Audiology & Neuro-Otology, 7, 122-130.
Tinnitus and military search terms:

Tinnitus, blast exposure, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), global war on terror, soldiers, veterans, traumatic brain injury (TBI), military, service-connected disability.

Related Web links:
Troops Return with Alarming Rates of Hearing Loss
Tinnitus an Issue for More Veterans
 

Web Resources

Google Scholar: www.scholar.google.com
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center: http://www.dvbic.org  
Don't Leave Your Questions Unanswered

Learn more about ATA’s research grant program, which awards up to $300,000 over three years.

ATA's staff is here to help you find answers to your questions. For any related questions, contact tinnitus@ata.org.

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