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Center for Sensory Biology

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The Center for Sensory Biology is focused on understanding the fundamental processes underlying all of the primary senses – vision, touch (including pain), chemosensation (taste and smell) and hearing – essential for our ability to interact with the world around us. Research within the Center is based on the recognition that sensory systems use similar biological processes for signaling, adaptation and modulation, and for protection from injury, environmental insult, and degeneration.  The Center brings together scientists working in these diverse sensory systems and will attract investigators from outside sensory biology to study the senses using new tools and experimental approaches.

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The Johns Hopkins Center for Sensory Biology will be the first in the world that brings together research in multiple sensory modalities to study their common and unique attributes. Expertise in genetics, physiology, cell biology and biochemistry will be integrated in the multi-disciplinary efforts necessary to tackle basic and applied problems in sensory function and dysfunction. The resulting cross-fertilization arising from scientists with backgrounds in different sensory systems and experimental approaches, in combination with a growing catalogue of genetically-defined sensory deficits will advance understanding of fundamental sensory mechanisms and open new therapeutic frontiers. 

Key opportunities for novel research include understanding processes of neuronal regeneration and repair and strategies that modulate sensory perception in the areas of pain, hearing, taste and smell. In particular, we anticipate a new era in therapeutics for pain, vision, and hearing based on advances made in the Center.

Directors:

Paul Fuchs, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery
Professor, Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Randall Reed, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics
Professor, Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery

 
 
 
 
 
 

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