Translational and Clinical Research Program

We use fundamental research and epidemiological approaches to develop and evaluate new strategies to prevent, diagnose, measure, and treat human disorders.

Our goals are to use rigorous scientific methods to bring basic science findings to the bedside (translational research) and to develop, validate, and test clinical and surgical care of patients (clinical research).  Current research programs study head and neck cancer, sleep disorders, robotic surgical techniques, nasal sinus conditions, drug development to prevent hearing loss, speech and voice disorders, cochlear implantation, pediatric communication disorders, and many others.  Our research is collaborative, interdisciplinary, and spans a wide range of methodologies from genetic studies to broad health services research methods.  Methods used in the Department include genetics, molecular biology, large database analyses, clinical instrument development, validation testing, epidemiologic study designs, secondary data analyses, clinical trials, health economics, and health services research.