Now for the MWM
open for the 37th MidWinter Meeting. To register online,
log onto ARO's member services
website. Make sure to renew your membership first,
so you receive the discounted rate.
Make Your Hotel Reservations for the 2014
2014 MidWinter Meeting will take place at the Manchester
Grand Hyatt Hotel. The hotel is located at 1
Market Pl, San Diego, CA 92101, USA.
group rate for the ARO MidWinter Meeting is $199.
reservations, call 619.232.1234 and mention the ARO
group, or reserve your stay online through the reservation portal.
year spARO is going to roll out the first Journal Club
at the MidWinter Meeting in San Diego, where two
high-profile papers published in the past year will be
discussed over drinks and food. The Student Social will
come to town as usual. Come and join your peers for a
fun night out. Also, you will learn the tricks of the
trade at the Young Investigator Award Lunch as well as
the Mentoring Sessions, which spARO co-sponsors.
Everyone is welcome to our Town Hall Meeting. For more
information about spARO activities during the MidWinter
Meeting, visit our Facebook
With the New Year comes a flurry
of activity in finalizing plans for the 2014
Midwinter Meeting. We are anticipating
another great meeting, as you will see when you
read the messages below from President Jay
Rubinstein and Program Chair Larry Lustig.
A packed scientific program, special
events, sunny days and warm sandy beaches make an
enticing combination. We hope to see you
Happy New Year!
Linda J. Hood,
Program Committee is quite excited about the
upcoming mid-winter meeting in San Diego, and not
just for the warm weather! Overall the
meeting continues to grow in size, with 11
symposia, 1 workshop, 29 podium sessions and 867
posters slated for
presentation. Responding to many of
your suggestions, we have made a number of changes
to the meeting format. Perhaps
the biggest change will be the new time format for
Symposia, now scheduled for 2 hours
each. These shorter format symposia are
intended to be more generalized, representing a
concise overview of current trends in auditory and
vestibular neuroscience and clinical
research. While keeping the number and
diversity of topics similar to prior years, this
format will allow more free time to peruse posters
, attend podium sessions, or socialize by the
pool. I'd like to highlight several exciting
features of the meeting: There will be a
Young Investigator Symposium, featuring research
on mechanotransduction on Tuesday afternoon.
There will also be a special event this year to
celebrate the Lasker Award winners for their
pioneering work on cochlear implants, which will
segue into the Hair Ball on Tuesday evening.
Lastly I would like to acknowledge Ruth Litovsky
in particular for her work organizing mentorship
sessions, bringing together junior and senior
faculty members during the meeting. I would
encourage all young faculty and post-docs to take
advantage of this valuable
opportunity. On behalf of ARO we
hope to see you in San Diego!
from the President
on the cochlear implant has played an important
role in the history of the ARO. We are
fortunate to work in a field where research has
had such a dramatic human impact. However
there are other inner ear and other sensory
disorders that may well be amenable to management
with a variety of neurotechnologies. Such
research faces significant challenges in
translating from animals to humans and this
symposium will directly address those challenges.
Some of these technologies have received full FDA
approval, some have begun human studies using
Investigational Device Exemptions, and some are
pending first human use. Dr Jim Patrick from
Cochlear, Ltd,an engineer central to the
development of the first FDA approved multichannel
cochlear implant will begin the session. Dr
Rob Greenberg from Second Sight,, a physician,
engineer and founder of that company will discuss
the research and regulatory process leading to the
FDA approval of the first retinal prosthesis.
Dr Matthew Howard from the University of
Iowa, a neurosurgeon, will discuss physiologic
research in human auditory cortex. Dr James
Phillips from the University of Washington, a
vestibular physiologist, will discuss human
studies of the vestibular prosthesis. Dr
Steven Cheung from the University of California,
San Francisco, a neurotologist, will discuss
studies of deep brain stimulation for tinnitus.
The symposium will explore the unique
challenges and promise of first-in-human studies
of these neurotechnlogies.
T. Rubinstein, M.D., Ph.D.
M. Clopton 1942-2013
M. Clopton was a neurophysiologist and long-time
member of ARO. He had a long siege with cancer,
dying surrounded by family on December 8,
earned his doctorate at the University of
Washington in 1970, and began a career studying
the neurophysiology of hearing. He began his work
investigating the detection and neural coding of
acoustic signals in primates, and was an early
investigator of electrical stimulation and its
perception in the peripheral and central auditory
was on the faculties of the University of
California, Santa Barbara, the University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the University of
Washington, Seattle, and, after leaving the
University of Washington, was a founder of
Advanced Cochlear Systems, Snoqualmie, WA, where
he worked on electrode design and the novel coding
of electrical stimuli for cochlear prostheses. He
retired to Georgetown, Texas, where he enjoyed
woodworking, and traveled to pursue camping,
outdoor activities and fly fishing.
is survived by his wife, Darlene, children Brian
and Heather, and his granddaughter, Caitlin, as
well as by a brother and