Published: 10-03-2020 15:24 | Updated: 12-03-2020 10:08

Barbara Canlon awarded with the Hugh Knowles Prize

The Hugh Knowles Prize for Distinguished Achievement is awarded periodically to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to research or clinical practice in the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of hearing disorders.

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Barbara Canlon Professor of Hearing Physiology at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.

Barbara Canlon Professor of Hearing Physiology at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology will receive her award at May 18th, 2020 in Northwestern University, Chicago, USA.

Groundbreaking research that has advanced the auditory field
The Hugh Knowles Prize has this far been awarded to eight prestigious researchers, with the first prize being awarded in 1992. The prize is selected based on groundbreaking research that has advanced the field. Barbara Canlon’s major contribution to the auditory field includes the discovery of sound conditioning and neurotrophic signaling as preventive measures for noise-induced hearing loss. She unraveled the involvement of hormones and stress in the vulnerability of the auditory system to damage and most recently her discovery of the circadian clock in different parts of the auditory system. These findings were obtained through the use of unconventional approaches to understand auditory physiology.   

This affects clinical and pre-clinical researchers as well as physicians working with sensory physiology, hearing disorders, communication disorders, balance disorders, public health issues, mental health aspects and neurological disorders.