A grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) provides core support for researchers funded by the NIDCD or related divisions of the National Institutes of Health. The Core Center for Communication Disorders is based at BTNRH, but includes faculty members at Creighton University, the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL), the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Walt Jesteadt serves as Program Director. The Core Center provides support in three areas.
This core, directed by Dr. Stephen Neely, provides support for real-time data collection, development of software for data analyses, and acoustic calibrations for research laboratories. Support for experimental design and statistical analyses is provided through a subcontract with the Department of Biostatistics in the College of Public Health at UNMC. Software developed by members of the core staff and others at BTNRH is available at
This core, directed by Drs. Barbara Morley and Mary Pat Moeller, will organize workshops, colloquia and other activities to facilitate interactions among interested individuals from the more than 30 potential collaborators at BTNRH, Creighton, UNMC and UNL.
This core, directed by Dr. Michael Gorga, provides support for subject recruitment and compliance with best practices regarding research involving human subjects. The core maintains a database of individuals in the greater Omaha area who have expressed an interest in participating in research studies related to hearing and communication disorders. It also provides other support services related to IRB and NIH applications and progress reports, along with quality-assurance measures related to consent and assent processes. If you would like more information, please contact the Research Subjects Core Coordinator at
The Core Center for Communication Disorders provides support for NIDCD grants held by Drs. Dominic Cosgrove, Michael Gorga, Michelle Hughes, Douglas Keefe, Yesha Lundberg, Mary Pat Moeller, Stephen Neely, and Patricia Stelmachowicz at BTNRH, David He at Creighton, and Jordan Green and Tiffany Hogan at UNL/UNMC. We have a much larger group of faculty members who have the potential to receive NIDCD support. Contact information and a summary of current or recent funding for the current and potential research base are given in the following table.
NIH-NIDCD/5R01DC004786; Complex Auditory Processing with Cochlear Implants
NIH-NIDCD/7R21DC011905; Voice Pitch Processing by Normally-Hearing and Cochlear-Implanted Children
NIH-NIDCD/5R01DC004844; Usherin: Structural and Functional Analysis
NIH-NIDDK/ 2R01DK055000; Molecular Aspects of Alport Renal Disease Progression
NIH-NIDCD/5R01DC006442 (Subaward); Matrix Otopathology FFB/NNRI; NNPC-GT-0710-0054-BTNRH-FR; Efficacy of UshStat Vectors in Shaker1 Mice
NIH-NIDCD/5R01DC002251; Cochlear Nonlinearity and Auditory Function in Humans
NIH-NIDCD/3R01DC002251; Cochlear Nonlinearity and Auditory Function in Humans (Diversity Supplement)
NIH-NIDCD/5P30DC004662; Human Research Subject Core
NIH-NIDCD/5R01DC009890; Bulbar Motor Deterioration in ALS
NIH-NIDCD/5R01DC006463; Early Speech Motor Development
NIH-NIDCD/5R01DC004696; Biophysics and Development of Cochlear Hair Cells
NIH-NIDCD/5R21DC009908; Regeneration of Stereocilia of Cochlear Hair Cells
NIH-NIDCD/5P30DC004662; Core Center: Administration Core
NIH-NIDCD/5T32DC000013; Research in Human Communication and Its Disorders
NIH-NIDCD/5T35DC008757; Short-Term Research Training for AUD Students
NIH-NIDCD/5R01DC006681; Word Learning in Infants with Hearing Loss
NIH-NIDCD/5R01DC009560; Moderators and Outcomes in Children With Mild to Severe Hearing Impairment
NIH-NICHD 1R43 HD062072: Integration of High-Density EEG and Hemodynamic Measures to Investigate Neural Functioning.
NIH-NIBIB 1R01EB007684: NEMO: Robust Methods For Knowledge Representation, Data Mining And Integration
NIH-NIDCD/5R01DC008318-05; Cochlear Mechanics, Wave Propagation, and Compression
NIH-NIDCD/5P30DC004662; Core Center: Lab Computing Core