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Winter 2013

Feature Article

NIDCD-Funded Autism Center of Excellence is the First to Study Minimally Verbal Children

The NIDCD recently awarded a five-year, $10 million grant to Boston University to establish an Autism Center of Excellence. Researchers led by Helen Tager-Flusberg, Ph.D., will study children with autism spectrum disorder who are minimally verbal. Read more

Recent Research and News

Genetic Technique Restores Sense of Smell in Mice

NIDCD-funded scientists restored the ability to smell in a mouse model of a human genetic disorder that causes congenital anosmia—the inability to smell from birth. Read more.

The Deaf Brain Processes Touch Differently

People who are born deaf process the sense of touch differently than people who are born with normal hearing, according to research funded by the NIDCD. Read more

Children Exposed to HIV in the Womb at Increased Risk for Hearing Loss

Children exposed to HIV in the womb may be more likely to experience hearing loss by age 16 than are their unexposed peers, according to scientists in a National Institutes of Health research network, funded in part by the NIDCD. Read more.

NIDCD Highlights

ASHA Staff Visit NIDCD Labs

Scientists from the NIDCD hosted staff from the national headquarters of the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association (ASHA) in September for a tour of the laboratories of some of NIDCD’s intramural (staff) researchers. Read more.

It’s a Noisy Planet. On Jeopardy!

Viewers learned about the importance of protecting their hearing during a special Kids Week episode of Jeopardy! that broadcast on July 30, 2012. The episode featured the NIDCD It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing campaign. Read more.

Kaye, Perkell Join NDCD Advisory Council

The National Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NDCD) Advisory Council announces the appointment of two new members. Read more.

Grants News

In Memoriam: Barry Davis, Ph.D. , Director of the NIDCD Taste and Smell Program

Barry Davis, Ph.D., passed away on July 3, 2012. As director of the NIDCD’s Taste and Smell Program, Dr. Davis’s broad understanding of the field moved the NIDCD forward in innovative and productive ways. Read more.