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2021 Council Election

The ARO Nominating Committee is pleased to share the slate for the 2021 ARO Council elections. Please see each candidate listed below and review their submitted statements prior to voting. Eligible ARO Regular members will be sent a virtual ballot to cast their vote. If you have any questions, please contact the ARO Executive Office at headquarters@aro.org

Candidates for President-Elect
Gabriel Corfas, PhD
The University of Michigan
Kresge Hearing Research Institute

To see Dr. Corfas’s full application, please click HERE .
Elizabeth Olson, PhD
Columbia University

Departments of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and Biomedical Engineering

To see Dr. Olson’s full application, please click HERE .
Candidates for Communications Officer
Barbara Canlon, PhD
Karolinska Institute
Stockholm, Sweden

To see Dr. Canlon’s full application, please click HERE .
Anne E. Luebke, PhD
University of Rochester
Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience

To see Dr. Luebke’s full application, please click HERE .
Candidates for Council Member- At- Large
Jonathan E Gale, PhD
UCL Ear Institute
University College London

To see Dr. Gale’s full application, please click HERE.
Manuel S. Malmierca, MD; PhD
Cognitive and Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory (CANELab)
Institute of Neuroscience of Castilla y León (INCYL)
Dept Cell Biology and Pathology. University of Salamanca, Spain

To see Dr. Malmierca’s full application, please click HERE.

Gabriel Corfas, PhD
The University of Michigan
Kresge Hearing Research Institute
Medical Sciences I Building, Rm. 5428
1150 West Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5616

Title:
Professor and Associate Chair for Research, Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Director, Kresge Hearing Research Institute

Education:
BSc in Biological Sciences, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina (1983)
PhD in Neurobiology, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel (1990)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO (1990)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (1990-1992)
Instructor, Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (1992-1995)

Previous Service to ARO:
Secretary-Treasurer and council member, 2017-2020
Finance Committee member, 2020-present

Research Interests:
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of hearing loss and balance disorders
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of inner ear synapse formation, degeneration and repair
Mechanisms and roles of neuron-glia interactions in the inner ear

Outside Interests:
Family and friends, sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving, travelling, music.

Statement of Goals:
It was an honor to serve recently as ARO Secretary-Treasurer, particularly at a time of transition to a new management company and during a successful renewal cycle of the NIH R13 conference grant that ensures the availability of financial support for trainees, which is especially important during these difficult times. If elected president, one of my top priorities will be to support young investigators and trainees, the future of our field and the association. I will also support the continuation of ARO as a strong and vibrant professional home to basic scientists, clinicians and industry researchers, promoting opportunities for brainstorming in an environment that celebrates and enhances diversity and inclusion.

Elizabeth Olson, PhD
Columbia University,
Departments of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and Biomedical Engineering,
New York City, NY

Title:
Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Auditory Biophysics

Education:
BA in Physics, Barnard College of Columbia University, New York, NY
PhD in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Previous Service to ARO:
ARO Council as Treasurer 2014-2017
JARO Publications Committee, 2010-2012
Nominations Committee 2018
Finance and Investment Committee, 2014-2019.

Research Interests:
My research is focused on cochlear and middle ear mechanics, and includes measurements of the responses of cochlear and middle ear structures to sound, computational modeling, and the development of microphones for auditory implants.

Other interests: Walking my dog, painting, biking, gardening, swimming, reading, family vacations.

Statement of Goals:
I am excited and honored by the possibility of serving as ARO president. My past service on the ARO council as treasurer, and being a long-time co-organizer of the Eastern Auditory Retreat and Mechanics of Hearing conferences, have provided useful experience for the role. Two core strengths of the ARO are the diverse scientific and clinical specialties represented at the ARO conference, and the active engagement and creativity of its members. My primary goal as president of ARO will be to hold vibrant, interactive ARO conferences that expose different specialties to each other. I will listen to, and encourage the ideas of, the ARO membership. The need to hold the 2021 ARO conference remotely was heart-breaking, yet relieving, given the current COVID-19 reality. I will do my utmost to have future ARO conferences in-person, while acknowledging that in the short term there may be limitations on what is safe and reasonable. Any limitations will be met with creativity, flexibility and of course, technology.

Barbara Canlon, PhD
Karolinska Institute
Stockholm, Sweden

Title: Professor

Education:
Brooklyn College, BS, Audiology and Speech Pathology 1980
University of Michigan, MS, Physiological Acoustics, 1983
Karolinska Institute, Ph.D., Physiology 1988
Post-doctoral studies, Institute Pasteur 1988
Post-doctoral trainee, CNRS-INSERM 1989

Previous Service to ARO:
International Committee: 2019-2022
Council Member: 2012-2015
Long-Range Planning Committee: 2008-2010
International Committee: 2006-2008
International Committee: 2000-2002
I have attended ARO every year since 1980! (with the exception of two years when by children were born).

Professional Activities:
Fulbright Commission Board Member (2002-present)
Editor-in-Chief for Hearing Research (2010-present)
Editorial Board Member for Audiology & Neuro-Otology and Auris Nasus Larynx
Heliyon Associate Editor (2019-present)
Elected into the Swedish Royal Academy for Science (2020)

Research Interests:
Experimental and clinical studies on how circadian rhythms influence peripheral and central auditory function and developing chronopharmacological treatment strategies. For many years I have studied the mechanisms underlying noise-induced hearing loss.

Outside Interests: Family, tennis, skiing, biking, sailing in the Swedish archipelago, “vinter bad” (sauna + swimming) in the Baltic Sea in the winter.

Statement of Goals: 
In order to ensure that ARO continues to be the “gold-standard” for basic and clinical otolaryngology research, as well as its translation, I will aim high for an effective communication with all of our members. Simply put, I will help our community to be updated on all important aspects concerning our organization using the ARO homepage as well as social media. It is especially important during the current pandemic that we have digital access to all matters relating to the ARO ranging from job announcements, upcoming symposia, notices about ARO events, grant proposals and news about our members. It is also important to promote public outreach campaigns that would increase awareness of new advancements in clinical and basic research for the general population, legislators and scientists throughout the USA, Europe and Asia. ARO needs to be seen and heard through effective communication strategies!

Anne E. Luebke, PhD
University of Rochester
Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience
601 Elmwood Avenue
Box 603, Room 6-8547
Rochester NY 14642

Title:
Associate Professor with Tenure, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester
Associate Professor with Tenure, Department of Neuroscience, Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience, University of Rochester Medical Center

Education/Training:
BA- Chemistry, Oklahoma State University
BS- Chemical Engineering, Oklahoma State University
PhD- Johns Hopkins University (Vestibular Systems Neuroscience)
Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of Miami- (Molecular Biology and Microscopy)

Prior Service to ARO:
External Relations committee member and Chair
Nominating Committee member
Organizer of Gene Transfer Symposium

Research Interests:
Role of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) and its receptor in both the Cochlear and Vestibular Efferent Systems
Mouse Models of Vestibular Migraine
Balance Control in Aging Mouse Models
Cochlear Function in Children with ASD And Mouse Models of ASD
Effects of Musicianship and Cochlear Function on Hearing-in-Noise Abilities In Adults and Adolescents

Personal interests:
Travel (pre-pandemic), Singing (pre-pandemic), Skiing, Hiking, Platform Tennis, Music, and Language-learning

Statement of Goals:
My goals as a council member and communications officer of ARO are to facilitate communication between clinical/basic science researchers, between molecular and systems researchers, and between auditory and vestibular system based researchers. In addition, in these times of uncertainty, systemic inequality, and societal mistrust of science, I will strive to face these issues within our ARO membership, and to a wider audience-as James Baldwin so famously said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced”.

Jonathan E Gale, PhD
UCL Ear Institute, University College London,
London WC1X 8EE, UK

Title:
Professor of Auditory Cell Biology Director, UCL Ear Institute

Education/Training:
BSc (Hons) Physiology, University of Sheffield, UK 1990
PhD Cell Physiology, University of Bristol, UK 1994
Wellcome Trust International Travelling Fellowship, 1995-1998
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA & University of Sussex, Falmer, UK
Royal Society University Research Fellowship, UCL 1999-2008

Prior service to ARO:
Associate Editor, JARO: 2007-2010
International Committee: 2016-2019

Research Interests:
Physiology and pathophysiology of the audiovestibular system
Molecular mechanisms of death, repair and regeneration of hair cell epithelia
Imaging cell function
Stem-cell based approaches for inner ear therapies

Outside interests: Scuba diving, rugby coaching and refereeing, a myriad of music, my family

Statement of Goals:
The ARO has been hugely influential for my own scientific career. At the core of ARO, the MidWinter Meeting is a fantastic opportunity to catch up with colleagues and to discuss and learn about great science. As a Council member of I will work to enhance the opportunities for discourse between discovery scientists and clinician scientists and to continue the excellent work ARO has been doing in providing opportunities for early career researchers and trainees. ARO must continue to be a positive force for the future leaders in our field. I will also endeavour to represent our international members who are a vital part of the association, supporting efforts to extend ARO’s reach to researchers around the world.

Manuel S. Malmierca, MD; PhD
Cognitive and Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory (CANELab)
Institute of Neuroscience of Castilla y León (INCYL)
Dept Cell Biology and Pathology. The Medical School. University of Salamanca, Spain

Title:
Professor of Histology and Neuroscience. The Medical School. University of Salamanca
Director, Institute of Neuroscience of Castille and León. University of Salamanca
Adjunct Assistant Professor; University of Connecticut School of Medicine, UConn Health, Farmington, CT, USA
Co-Director, Neuroscience in Salamanca Spain Summer Program.

Education/Training:
MD, University of Salamanca, 1988
PhD University of Salamanca, 1991
Predoctoral Fellowship, Anatomical Institute. University of Oslo, Norway, 1989-1991
Postdoctoral Fellowship. Department of Physiological Sciences. Newcastle University, UK; 1991-1994

Prior service to ARO:
ARO International Committee
Long Range Planning Committee
Publication Committee: JARO Associate editor: 2012-2015
Travel Award Committee: 2018- 2021
Program Committee 2020- 2023

Research Interests:
Auditory cognitive neuroscience; neuronal adaptation, predictive coding, MMN, neuromodulation, subcortical processing.

Clinical Interests:
Hearing loss and its relation to neurodegenerative diseases and neuropsychiatric disorders

Personal interests:
Butterfly watching and entomology, bird watching; wildlife, gardening, hiking, running, and of course wine testing!

Statement of Goals:
ARO has been at the heart of international excellence in Auditory Science since its inception. It is my hope that ARO will continue develop its international relationships while continuing to grow its presence in the USA. Most important will be finding new ways to help the public at large to understand and appreciate the importance of our world class auditory science. Furthermore, having co-directed the Neurobiology of Hearing summer program with Doug Oliver (UConn/USAL) neuroscience and hearing, I understand first-hand the how fostering international programs and collaborations strengthen scientific and educational outcomes.

If elected, I will do what I can to foster greater interactions between the many different specialist groups who attend the annual meeting. A long-time focus area of ARO has been on peripheral auditory systems primarily from the cochlea to the midbrain. Over the past 15 years, ARO has made tremendous strides expanding interests in higher order auditory systems including primary and secondary cortical processing and dysfunction. I will work to strengthen this and to create symposia and poster-sessions to facilitate interactions between the central and peripheral auditory research communities. Similarly, I aim to facilitate interactions between basic and clinical research communities. My own research and collaborations have benefited greatly from such cross-specialty and cross-disciplinary interactions. We have a lot to learn from each other and tend to stay in our own "camps", even within the ARO meeting. And of course, ARO should support all of our work by advocating for the continued strong funding for auditory research. ARO could play a stronger role in advocating for auditory research funding internationally.