Major NIH Grant Funds a Closer Look at Understudied Sensory Hair Cells Crucial for Balance

April 15, 2019 | Categories: Announcements, Award | Tagged:

Deep in the inner ear, at the base of the semicircular canals, sit tiny vestibular organs called crista ampullaris – or crista, for short. Aided by millions of sensory hair cells, crista help us maintain our gaze as we move through space, not unlike a stabilizer function in a modern camera. Without a healthy population of these hair cells, the brain struggles to remain oriented and to track its position relative to the surrounding world that our eyes and ears perceive. Read More

A photo of the auditory sensory epithelium (called the organ of Corti) from an adult mouse. Hair cells (the sensory receptor cells for the ear) are labeled green by an antibody. Supporting cells are labeled red by another antibody. Cell nuclei are stained

UW researchers split hairs

February 27, 2013 | Categories: Research | Tagged: ,

The ability to hear and balance is in the roots. Both depend on hair cells, small sensory cells in the inner ear. Damage of hair cells leads to the loss of these functions. Though lower vertebrates such as birds have the ability to replace these hair cells, mammals like humans do not. Researchers from the […] Read More