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Core Center for Communication Disorders

A grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD provides core support for researchers funded by 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.

Laboratory Computing and Biostatistics

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

Research Synergy

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.

Human Research Subjects

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 402 498-6705.

Participating Faculty

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.

Name InstitutionEmail/PhoneWeb siteCurrent/Recent Funding
Monita Chatterjee, 402-452-5069

Complex Auditory Processing with Cochlear Implants

Voice Pitch Processing by Normally-Hearing and Cochlear-Implanted Children

Dominic Cosgrove, 402-498-6334Web site

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

Anna Dunaevsky, 402-559-1071Web siteNIH-/5R01NS057667; Dynamics of Cerebellar Purkinje Cell Dendrites
Michael Gorga, 402-498-6604Web site

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

Jordan Green, 402-617-7064Web site

NIH-NIDCD/5R01DC009890; Bulbar Motor Deterioration in ALS

NIH-NIDCD/5R01DC006463; Early Speech Motor Development

Richard Hallworth, PhDCUMCrichardhallworth@creighton.eduWeb siteNIH-NIDCD/5R21DC008995; Determination of Metabolic State of Hair Cell Mitochondria by FLIM
David He, MD, 402-280-1409Web site

NIH-NIDCD/5R01DC004696; Biophysics and Development of Cochlear Hair Cells

NIH-NIDCD/5R21DC009908; Regeneration of Stereocilia of Cochlear Hair Cells

Tiffany Hogan, 402-472-3911Web siteNIH-NIDCD/5R03DC009667; The Lexicon and Phoneme Awareness
Michelle Hughes, 402-452-5038Web siteNIH-NIDCD/5R01DC009595; Physiology as a Potential Predictor of Perception in Cochlear Implants
Kristen Janky, 402-498-6535Web site
Walt Jesteadt, 402-498-6704Web site

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

Sherri Jones, 402-472-5496Web siteNIH-NIDCD/R01DC006443;
Genetic Basis of Gravity Receptor Dysfunction in Mice; ECU-DoD Partnership: Operation Re-entry North Carolina; Sensory Reweighting in Trauma or Blast Induced Dizziness
Timothy Jones, 402-472-5100Web site
Douglas Keefe, 402-498-6733Web siteNIH-NIDCD/5R01DC010202; Wideband Clinical Diagnosis and Monitoring of Middle-Ear and Cochlear Function
William Kimberling, 402-498-6713Web siteNIH-NIDCD/5R01DC003544; Autosomal Dominant Non-Syndromic Hearing Loss
Siu-Kit (Eddie) Lau, 402-554-3861Web site
Ken L. Kramer, 402.280.2763Web site
Christopher Kratochvil, 402-552-6006NIH-NIMH/5K23MH066127; Pharmacological Treatment of ADHD in Young Children
Dawna Lewis, PhDBTNRHDawna.Lewis@boystown.orgWeb siteNIH-NIDCD/5R03DC009675; The Impact of Minimal Hearing Loss on Functional Auditory Skills in Children
Yesha Lundberg, 402-498-6607Web siteNIH-NIDCD/5R01DC008603; Otoconia Development and Maintenance
Ryan McCreery, 402-498-6668Web site
Mary Pat Moeller, 402-452-5068Web site

NIH-NIDCD/5R01DC006681; Word Learning in Infants with Hearing Loss

NIH-NIDCD/5R01DC009560; Moderators and Outcomes in Children With Mild to Severe Hearing Impairment

Dennis Molfese, 402-472-7976Web site

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

Barbara Morley, 402-498-6584Web siteNIH-NIDCD/5R01DC006907; Transient Expression of Cholinergic Markers in the PVCN
Stephen Neely, 402-498-6751Web site

NIH-NIDCD/5R01DC008318-05; Cochlear Mechanics, Wave Propagation, and Compression

NIH-NIDCD/5P30DC004662; Core Center: Lab Computing Core

Kanae Nishi, 402-498-6354Web siteNIH-NIDCD/5R03DC009334; Auditory Training for Persons with Difficulty Understanding Speech in Noise
You-Wei Peng, 402-498-6523Web siteNIH-NCRR/5P20RR018788; The Molecular Biology of Neurosurgery Systems: COBRE Proj
Kayla Pope, JD, 402-498-6762Web site
Sonia Rocha-Sanchez, 402-280-5098Web siteNIH-NIDCD/5R03DC009989; Role of Supporting Cells in Cochlear Hair Cell Regeneration
Nicholas Smith, 402-452-5070Web siteNIH-NIDCD/5R03DC009884; Hearing Status and Prosody in Mother-Child Speech
Shelley Smith, 402-559-5314Web siteNIH-NCRR/5P20RR018788; The Molecular Biology of Neurosurgery Systems
Garrett Soukup, 402-280-5754Web siteNIH-NIDCD/5R01DC009025; Role of Micrornas in Mammalian Ear Development and Neurosensory Specification
Patricia Stelmachowicz, 402-498-6522Web siteNIH-NIDCD/5R01DC004300; Optimizing Amplification for Infants and Young Children
Nick Stergiou, 402-554-3247Web siteNIH-NICHHD/5K25HD047194; Nonlinear Analysis of Postural Function in Infants
Ronald Thompson, 402-498-1254Web site
Wallace Thoreson, 402-559-2019Web siteNIH-NEI/5R01EY010542; Regulation of Photoreceptor Neurotransmission
Edward Walsh, 402-498-6701Web siteNIH-NCRR/5P20RR018788; The Molecular Biology of Neurosurgery Systems NSF/IOS-0823417; Auditory Performance in Tigers
Lily Wang, 402-554-2065Web site
Michael Weston, 402-280-5030Web siteNIH-NCRR/5P20RR018788; The Molecular Biology of Neurosurgery Systems: Project 6
Tony Wilson, 402-552-6431Web site
Marisa Zallocchi, 402-498-6374Web site