Meeting Information

Conference Objectives

At the conclusion of the MidWinter Meeting, participants should be better able to:

  • Explain current concepts of the function of normal and diseased states of the ear and other head and neck structures
  • Recognize current controversies in research questions in auditory neuroscience and otolaryngology
  • Describe key research questions and promising areas of research in otolaryngology and auditory neuroscience


The 2015 MidWinter Meeting Registration Desk is located in the Grand Ballroom Foyer and will be open and staffed during the following hours:

Friday, February 20 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 21 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, February 22 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday, February 23 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, February 24 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, February 25 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Conference name badges are required for admission to all activities related to the 38th Annual MidWinter Meeting, including the Exhibit Hall and social events.

Smoking and photography are not permitted in the meeting rooms or poster hall

Program and Abstract Books

A limited supply of the abstract will be available for purchase at the ARO MidWinter Meeting Registration Desk. Electronic copies of the books are also available online at

Program Organization

Poster presenters will be available at their posters during the lunch period on their presentation date. In addition, authors may note other times that they will be available at their poster. Each presentation on the following pages has been formatted in the following example:

Presentation legend:
SYM = Symposium Presentation
PD = Podium Presentation
PS = Poster Presentation

Speaker Ready Room

The 2015 Program Committee is committed to providing attendees cutting edge technology and coordinated presentations at the MidWinter Meeting. To be fully prepared for your session, each presenter is requested to visit the Speaker Ready Room at least 24 hours prior to your presentation. The Speaker Ready Room is located in the Falkland Room and will be open the following days and times:

Location: Falkland Room

Saturday, February 21 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, February 22 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday, February 23 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
uesday, February 24 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, February 25 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Mobile Devices

As a courtesy to the speakers and your fellow attendees, please switch your mobile device(s) to silent while attending the sessions.

Recording Policy

ARO does not permit audio or photographic recording of any research data presented at the meeting.


Complimentary coffee and tea will be available in the morning and at selected breaks.

Assisted Listening Devices

A limited amount of assisted listening devices are available at the ARO MidWinter Meeting Registration Desk.
Courtesy of Phonak

A Special Note for the Disabled

ARO wishes to take steps that are required to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services. If you need any auxiliary aids or services identified in the American with Disabilities Act, or any assistance in registering for this course please contact ARO Meetings Department at; via telephone at 856-423-0041, option 2; or write to ARO Meetings Department, 19 Mantua Road, Mt. Royal, NJ 08061.

Family Activities / Child Care

Please contact the Hotel Concierge for information about off-site activities and tourism needs. Subsidized onsite day care is being offered through an experienced, accredited company, KiddieCorp. The child care room is located in Dover BC Room.

About Baltimore

There's no better place to get acquainted with America—its historic past and exciting future—than in Baltimore. Called "The Greatest City in America," Baltimore offers a world of unique attractions, entertainment, fine dining, and one-of-a-kind experiences. Get your feet wet at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Marvel at the American Visionary Art Museum. And explore the city's amazing maritime heritage of tall ships and work boats as you stroll through the Inner Harbor. Every step of your way, Baltimore will give you memories to last a lifetime.

The Baltimore Washington area is home to many businesses, government agencies, the United States military, museums, and attractions. From Baltimore’s strong American history to its vibrant sports and entertainment, experience everything you can imagine all in one city. With endless opportunities, you can take a stroll through historic neighborhoods or explore museums of the arts and sciences just minutes from each other. Visit the first architectural monument planned for George Washington, and take a

Many attractions are within walking distance from downtown. Trains, cabs, water and public transportation make the entire city easily accessible. One great way to see the city is through the use of the seasonal water taxi which is your portals to over 35 attractions and neighborhoods of Baltimore including Historic Fell’s Point and Little Italy. Only a short drive away is Washington DC, for a day strolling through Georgetown or exploring one of the many complimentary Smithsonian Museums.

The Charm City Circulator is a free shuttle that travels every ten minutes to Baltimore neighborhoods such as Ed Kane’s Water Taxi is your portal to over 35 attractions and neighborhoods including the Rusty Scupper, Aquarium, Captain James Landing, the Science Center, Harbor East, Fort McHenry and more! To explore even further, Amtrak will whisk you away to Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and New York.


The average high temperature for the month of February is approximately 47°F and the average low is 31°F. It is advisable to bring cold weather attire.


The Baltimore / Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is twelve miles from the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront and Baltimore’s Penn Station (Amtrak) is one mile from the hotel. Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA) and Dulles (IAD) Airports are within 55 miles of the hotel.


Ground transportation from area airports to the hotel is available via taxis, limousines and shuttle services. Taxis are located at all airport terminals. Each company usually posts its fares or you can check with the driver about the charge per mile.


Cost (one-way) from the Baltimore Washington Airport to the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront is approximately $45. One way fare from the two Washington area airports will be approximately $100 - $125.


Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202 USA
Phone: 1-410-385-3000
Toll-free: 1-800-228-9290

ARO Committees

Program Committee
Ruth Y. Litovsky, PhD, Chair (3/14-2/17)
Carolina Abdala, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Kumar Alagramam, PhD (3/13-2/16)
Jianxin Bao, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Jennifer Bizley, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Alan Cheng, MD (3/13-2/16)
Erick Gallun, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Richard Hallworth, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Larry Hoffman, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Philip X. Joris, MD, PhD (3/13-2/16)
Jeff Lichtenhan, PhD (3/13-2/16)
Su-Hua Sha, MD (3/12-2/15)
Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Jennifer Stone, PhD (3/13-2/16)
Xiaoqin Wang, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Council Liaison: Ruth Y. Litovsky, PhD
spARO Representative: Chang Liu

Animal Research Committee
Claus-Peter Richter, MD, PhD, Chair (3/13-2/16)
Esperanza Bas Infante, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Wei Dong, PhD (3/14/-2/17)
James Fallon, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Rudolf Glueckert, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Andrej Kral, MD, PhD (3/13-2/16)
Amanda Lauer, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Stéphane Maison, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Charidrakala Puligilla, PhD (3/1-/16)
Suhrud Rajguru, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Maike Vollmer, MD, PhD (3/13-2/16)
Council Liaison: Sharon Kujawa, PhD (3/15-2/17)
spARO Representative: Lukas Landegger

Award of Merit Committee
Eric D. Young, PhD, Chair (3/13-2/16)
Catherine E. Carr, PhD (3/14-2/17)
David P. Corey, PhD (3/13-2/16)
Charley Della Santina, MD PhD (3/12-2/15)
Stefan Heller, PhD (3/14-2/17)
John Middlebrooks, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Brian C. J. Moore, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Karen P. Steel, PhD (3/13-2/16)
Steve D. Rauch, MD (3/13-2/16)
Council Liaisons: Past-President Jay Rubinstein, MD (2/14-3/15) and David Lim (2/14-3/15)

Diversity & Minority Affairs Committee
Avril Genene Holt, PhD, Chair (3/13-2/16)
Deniz Baskent, PhD (3/13-2/16)
Gail S. Donaldson, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Michael Hoa, MD (3/14-2/17)
Mirna Mustapha, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Diana Peterson, PhD (3/14-2/17)
J Tilak Ratnanather, DPhil (3/13-2/16)
Shurud Rajguru, PhD (3/13-2/16)
Khaleel Razak, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Lina Reiss, PhD (3/13-2/16)
Council Liaison: Howard W. Francis (3/13-2/16)
spARO Representative: Hormira Osman

External Relations Committee
Anne E. Luebke, PhD, Chair (3/11-2/15)
Julie Bierer, PhD (3/13-2/16)
Jonathan Fritz, PhD (3/13-2/16)
Corne Kros, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Hainan Lang, MD, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Cynthia Morton, PhD (3/14-2/17)
George Pollak, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Pamela Roehm, MD, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Debara Tucci, MD (3/14-2/17)
Beverly Wright, PhD (3/13-2/16)
Jinsheng Zhang, PhD (3/13-2/16)
Council Liaison: Sharon Kujawa, PhD (2/15-2/17)
spARO Representative: Becky Lewis

Finance & Investment Committee
Paul Fuchs, PhD, Chair (3/13-2/16)
John P. Carey, MD (3/14-2/17)
Matt Kelley, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Sharon G. Kujawa, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Robert Raphael, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Christopher Shera, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Ex-officio: Secretary/Treasurer,
Elizabeth S. Olson, PhD (3/14-2/17)

International Committee
Benedikt Gröthe, PhD, Germany, Chair (3/12-2/15)
Karen Banai, PhD, Israel (3/12-2/15)
Alan Brichta, PhD, Australia (3/14-2/17)
Byung Yoon Choi, MD, Korea (3/12-2/15)
Alain Dabdoub, PhD, Canada (3/13-2/16)
Andy Forge, PhD, UK (3/13-2/16)
Bo Hong, Ph.D., China (3/12-2/15)
Juichi Ito, MD, PhD, Japan (3/14-2/17)
Andrej Kral, MD, PhD, Germany (3/13-2/16)
Christian Lorenzi, PhD, France (3/13-2/16)
Jan Wouters, PhD, Belgium (3/13-2/16)

International Committee - Continued
Council Liaison: Barbara Canlon, PhD (3/14-2/15)
spARO Representative: Yilai Shu

JARO Editorial Board
Paul B. Manis, PhD, Editor-in-Chief (2011-2016)
Christian Chabbert, PhD (2012-2015)
Bertrand Delgutte, PhD (2013-2016)
Mark Eckert, PhD (2013-2016)
Ana Belén Elgoyhen (2013-2016)
Donna Fekete, PhD (2012-2015)
Andrew Grifith, M.D., Ph.D. (2011-2015)
Robert Funnell (2013-2016)
Ruth Litovsky, PhD (2013-2016)
Manuel Malmierca, MD, PhD (2012-2015)
Shawn Newlands, MD, PhD (2012-2015)
Donata Oertel, PhD (2013-2016)
Dominik Oliver, PhD (2012-2015)
Christopher Plack, PhD (2013-2016)
Christoph Schreiner, MD, PhD (2012-2015)
Susan E. Shore, PhD (2012-2015)
Xiaorui Shi, MD, PhD (2013-2016)
George A. Spirou, PhD (2014-2017)
Marianne Vater, PhD (2013-2016)
Marcel van der Heijden, PhD (2014-2017)

Long Range Planning Committee
Steven H. Green, PhD, Chair (3/14-2/17)
Karina Cramer, PhD (3/14-2/15)
Amy Donahue, PhD NIDCD Rep.
Lisa Goodrich, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Troy Hackett, PhD (3/12-2/15)
KC Lee, ScD (3/13-2/16)
Tobias Moser, MD (3/14-2/17)
Sunil Puria, PhD (3/13-2/16)
George Spirou, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Doris Wu, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Council Liaison: President-Elect: Larry Lustig (3/14-2/15)
Chair, International Cmte: Benedikt Gröthe, PhD (3/14-2/17)
spARO Representative: Anna Diedesch

Membership Committee
Chris J. Sumner, Chair (3/12-2/15)
Eric Bielefeld, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Sam Gubbels, MD (3/14-2/17)
Colleen Le Prell, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Glenis R. Long, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Dan Polley, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Tianying Ren, MD (3/12-2/15)
Council Liaison: Barbara Canlon (3/14-2/15)

Nominating Committee
Jay Rubinstein, Chair (3/14-2/15)
Julie Bierer, PhD (3/14-2/15)
Charley Della Santina, MD, PhD (3/14-2/15)
Tony Ricci, PhD (3/14-2/15)
Dan Sanes, PhD (3/14-2/15)

Publications Committee
Anil K. Lalwani, MD, Chair (3/13-2/16)
Yuri M. Agrawal, MD (3/13-2/16)
Maria Chait, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Elisabeth Glowatzki, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Charles J. Limb, MD (3/13-2/16)
Erick Xi Lin, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Xue Z. Liu, MD, PhD (3/12-2/15)
John S. Oghalai, MD (3/12-2/15)
Chris Stecker, PhD (3/13-2/16)
Daniel Tollin, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Kelly L. Tremblay, PhD (3/13-2/16)
JARO Editor: Paul B. Manis, PhD, ex officio
Springer Representative: Gregory Baer, ex officio
Secretary/Treasurer: Elizabeth S Olson, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Council Liaison: Linda J. Hood, PhD (3/13-2/14)
spARO Representative: David Morris

Travel Awards
Ronna Hertzano, MD PhD, Chair (3/14 2/17)
Jin Woong Bok, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Mike Bowl, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Benjamin Crane, MD PhD (3/14-2/17)
Angelika Doetzlhofer, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Elizabeth Driver, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Robert Froemke, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Matt Goupell, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Samuel Gubbels, MD (3/12-2/15)
Michael Hildebrand, PhD (3/12-2/15)
Chandrakala Puligilla, PhD (3/14-2/17)
Felipe Santos, MD (3/13-2/16)
Jong Ho Won, PhD (3/13-2/16)
Li Xu, MD, PhD (3/12-2/15)
James F. Battey, MD, PhD, NIDCD Dir ex officio
Council Liaison: Howard W. Francis (3/13 2/16)
spARO Representative: Jeremy Duncan

Mentorship Program

Atlantic & Bristol Rooms

Professionals, Professors, Postdocs, Grad Students, & RAs: Come Join the Discussion!

Ever wondered how someone runs a lab, yet still has a life? How to talk to your advisor (or advisee) in a more constructive manner? How scientists transition between academia and industry?

Once again this year we have eight mentorship sessions focused on many of the issues that are critical to a successful and fulfilling scientific career.

Bring a drink, or at lunchtime grab a lunch to go, and then come join us in these open discussions.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Atlantic Room: Building Mentoring Relationships
    Mentors: Erick Gallun & Brett Schofield
  • Bristol Room: Job Search and Independence
    Mentors: Chris Stecker & Merri Rosen

Sunday, February 22, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Atlantic Room: Clinician / Scientist
    Mentors: Tina Stankovic & Megan Kobel
  • Bristol Room: Careers in Industry
    Mentors: Carolyn Garnham & Sara Duran

Monday February 23, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Atlantic Room: Getting Grants
    Mentors: Jenny Stone & Rene Gifford

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

  • Bristol Room: Work-life Balance
    Mentors: Jazz Grimsley & Radha Kalluri

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

  • Atlantic Room: Working in Administration
    Mentors: Donna Sorkin, Janet Cyr, & Alberta Rivera-Rentas
  • Bristol Room: Publishing
    Mentors: Nace Golding & Torsten Dau


Educational and informational exhibits will be available in the Grand Ballroom during the MidWinter Meeting. Exhibiting company representatives will be available to answer your questions about their products and services. Please visit the exhibits and thank the representatives for their support.

Saturday, February 21 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sunday, February 22 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, February 23 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

2015 Exhibitors

Cortech Solutions, Inc. Booth# 1
1409 Audubon Blvd., Unit B1
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone 910-362-1143
Fax 910-378-3443

Advanced evoked potential and event related potential research systems. ARO members know our advanced equipment for research in MMN, ABR and BCI. New capabilities include specialized audio hardware for EP/ERP and fMRI, specially-tuned active electrodes for ABR and an integrated turnkey consciousness screening / communication system mindBEAGLE.

Intelligent Hearing Systems Booth# 12
6860 SW 81 Street
Miami, FL 33143
Phone: 800-447-9783 / 305-668-6102
Fax: 305-668-6103

High frequency speakers and systems for testing Auditory Evoked Potentials (SmartEP), Otoacoustic Emissions (SmartOAE), and Somatosensory EPs. Advanced research tools include a continuous EEG acquisition system (SmartEP‐CAM), Complex ABR Research Module, and IHS USB Development kit that provides total control and development of software for the SmartUSB platform.

MPI Research Booth# 5
54943 North Main Street
Mattawan, MI 49071
Phone: 269-668-3336
Fax: 269-668-4151

MPI Research is a preclinical and early clinical CRO that provides discovery, surgery, safety evaluation, bioanalytical, and analytical services. We exceed expectations through consistency and quality, with a commitment to communication and innovation, delivering benefits throughout all phases of development. Learn how we can go beyond for you at

NIDCD Intramural Research Program Booth# 8
35A Convent Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20892-3729
Phone: 301-402-2829
Fax: 301-402-3470

The NIDCD supports and conducts research and research training on normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. The NIDCD intramural program, located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, offers a variety of research and training opportunities for scientists of all levels.

NIDCD National Temporal Bone Registry Booth# 2
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 800-822-1327
Fax: 617-573-3838

The NIDCD National Temporal Bone, Hearing & Balance Pathology Resource Registry is a nonprofit organization established to provide information about temporal bone donation and research. The Registry arranges for the donations, keeps records, and sends out information about scientific findings from temporal bone research.

Springer Booth# 3
233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
Phone 212-460-1600

Springer is the proud publisher of JARO, the Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. Please stop by our booth to browse our books which are discounted for ARO members. A representative of Springer will be on hand to talk to you about publishing with us.

Tucker Davis Technologies Booth# 7
11930 Research Circle
Alachua, FL 32615
Phone 386-462-9622

Tucker-Davis Technologies (TDT) provides products for basic and applied research in the neurophysiology, hearing, and speech sciences as well as for general data acquisition applications. We offer a complete line of modular DSP-based data acquisition and stimulus generation systems.

Wolters Kluwer Booth# 11
Two Commerce Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-521-8300
Fax: 215-814-8911

Wolters Kluwer Health is a global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Brands include Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a leading international publisher of medical books, electronic media and journals. We proudly offer specialized publications and software for physicians, nurses, students and clinicians. Please visit our booth to browse our comprehensive product line.