Special Issue of Hearing Research on Hearing Loss and Deafness Published


The January, 2017 issue of Hearing Research is a special issued devoted to hearing loss and deafness.

The special issue is edited by Drs. Blake Butler, Alex Meredith, and Steve Lomber.



Check out contents at:  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03785955/343

Auditory Cortex 2017 is approaching!!

The 6th International Conference on Auditory Cortex is September 10-15 in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

The meeting is being organized by Steve Lomber and Yale Cohen and co-sponsored by the University of Western Ontario and University of Pennsylvania.

Check out website at: www.auditorycortex.org

Download printable poster: 

Five Lab members Attend 2016 Auditory System GRC

GRC Steve Lomber, Dan Stolzberg, Blake Butler, Stephen Gordon, and Daiana Pur attended the 2016 Gordon Research Conference on the Auditory System, 10-15 July 2016. The conference was held at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and was chaired by Dr. Lomber.

Cerebral Systems Lab featured in Dutch Audiology magazine “De Audiciens”

See PDF, page 10.



Steve Lomber Named Schulich Educator of Year for Undergraduate Education


Dr. Lomber recently received the 2016 Schulich Excellence in Education Award for Undergraduate Education.

See full recipient list here.

NSERC Discovery Grant Renewed


The Cerebral Systems Lab recently renewed its NSERC Discovery Grant entitled “Functional Organization of Non-Primary Auditory Cortex”.  This five year award is the second largest grant awarded to a lab at Western in 2016.  See story below:


Hearing Research Special Issue 

Drs. Butler, Meredith and Lomber are currently editing a special issue of Hearing Research entitled “Plasticity Following Hearing Loss and Deafness”


Articles in this special issue will provide a solid overview of the plasticity that occurs throughout the auditory system, as assessed by available approaches to monitor brain function, ranging from single neuron recording in animals to psychophysical testing and functional imaging in human subjects.  The issue is expected to appear in late 2016.

Dr. Melanie Kok receives Governor General’s Gold Medal!

Dr. Melanie Kok, who recently completed her PhD in the Cerebral Systems Lab (May, 2015), has been honoured with a Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal.

See Western News for full story:

Cerebral Systems Laboratory Receives Top Ranked CIHR Grant

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has announced that the Cerebral Systems Lab has been awarded a five-year 1.05 million dollar grant to study cerebral plasticity following hearing loss and restoration. The grant was the top-ranked application in the Behavioural Sciences – C Spring, 2015 grant review panel. This award is the largest CIHR operating grant ever awarded to a lab in the Brain and Mind Institute at Western.

Latest News

Carmen Wong Receives NSERC Doctoral Scholarship

Carmen Wong, a PhD student in the lab, has been named the recipient of an Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). These scholarships provide support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in a doctoral program in the natural sciences or engineering. Congratulations Carmen!

Amee Hall’s Paper Makes the Cover of Hearing Research

HR-coverAmee Hall, a doctoral student in the lab, had her most recent paper chosen to be featured on the front cover of Hearing Research. He paper, “High-field fMRI reveals tonotopically-organized and core auditory cortex in the cat” (Hearing Research (2015) 325: 1-11), describes how high field (7T) fMRI can be used to define the four tonotopic fields of cat auditory cortex (A1, AAF, PAF, and VPAF) and how it can also be used to further define the two core auditory areas, A1 and AAF. Congratulations Amee!

Steve Lomber named Canada Research Chair in Brain Plasticity and Development

Steve Lomber, Cerebral Systems Lab PI, has been named the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Brain Plasticity and Development. Dr. Lomber is a Professor in the Departments of Physiology and Pharmacology, and Psychology. He is also a principal investigator in the National Centre for Audiology and the Brain and Mind Institute.


Melanie Kok Becomes Dr. Kok

Melanie Kok, a PhD candidate in the lab, recently defended her dissertation entitled “EXPLORING THE STRUCTURAL AND FUNCTIONAL ORGANIZATION OF THE DORSAL ZONE OF AUDITORY CORTEX IN HEARING AND DEAFNESS”. Congratulations Mel!

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