University of Southern California

Hearing and Communication Neuroscience

A Joint Venture

Hearing & Communication Neuroscience is an inter-disciplinary program jointly sponsored by the Neuroscience Graduate Program at USC and the House Ear Institute (HEI), one of the foremost hearing research centers in the world. Our goal is to bring together scientists working in diverse areas of hearing and vocal communication and provide outstanding training opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Between the House Ear Institute

Scientists in the Hearing & Communication Neuroscience (HCN) program perform inter-disciplinary research across multiple levels of analysis from molecular and cellular biology to cognitive, linguistic, and behavioral neuroscience. Different labs are investigating mechanisms involved in the development and function of the auditory nervous system at the level of individual cells and neural circuits, as well as cognitive constructs such as neural representations of memories, plans and actions. An integrated knowledge of mechanisms at different levels of analysis is necessary for advancing our understanding of etiologies for a broad spectrum of hearing and communication disorders, thereby leading to cures and treatments.

And the USC Neuroscience Graduate Program

HCN represents a natural evolution of two strong research programs that integrates a broad assortment of outstanding scientists across levels of analysis including approaches based on cell-molecular neurobiology, genetics, development, linguistics, and systems and cognitive neuroscience. In addition, because of the strong ties to patient-oriented studies at HEI, the program offers opportunities for facilitating interactions between basic scientific research and its potential applications, and exposing graduate students and postdocs to cutting-edge clinical practices.


Training Program in Hearing and Communication Neuroscience

We have a training program for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and physician scientists in Hearing & Communication Neuroscience (HCN), which is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders. Use the links on the left to read more about HCN training opportunities.

The annual retreat of the HCN training program was held on Catalina Island in May 2012. Students and faculty enjoyed presentations on current research in Hearing & Vocal Communication. For the full description, see "More News."

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Upcoming Events

Hearing Communication Neuroscience: Michael Goldstein
Cornell University Host by HCN Graduate Student Rachel Yuan

Monday 04/28/2014: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Neurobiology Seminar: Vivian Budnik
University of Massachusetts. Host by Chien-Ping Ko

Monday 05/05/2014: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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