Friday August 14, 2015 at 8:00 AM PST
Saturday August 15, 2015 at 5:00 PM PST


Kane Hall, University of Washington


Dan Sanes       dhs1@nyu.edu

Allison Coffin    allison.coffin@wsu.edu

Lynne Werner   lawerner@u.washington.edu


Auditory Development: From Cochlea to Cognition

This conference will bring together researchers studying all aspects of auditory development and plasiticity.  Topics will span molecular and physiological studies on auditory development to human behavioral research. We invite contributions from all levels-from senior researchers to students, for an exciting 2-day event. Contributions are welcome as poster presentations or contributed podium sessions. Abstracts should be 800 characters or fewer and may be submitted via the registration link below.

Click here to register and submit your abstract. Abstract submission closes on June 29th, 2015.

Registration is $25 for students and postdocs, and $75 for faculty and research scientists. Registration and abstract submission closes on June 29th, 2015 or when we reach 165 attendees.  Register early!

Poster presenters: Posters boards are 4 feet tall by 8 feet wide.

Registration and talks are in Kane Hall room 220, Posters are in Mary Gates Hall Commons.

Final Program (click here to download the pdf version)

Friday, 14 August 2015

8:30 Registration, coffee, and snacks

Day 1: Morning session (Chair: Allison Coffin)

9:00  Welcome by Neal Futran (Professor and Chair, Department of Otolaryngology-HNS) and Richard Folsom  (Professor, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences)

9:10 Carolina Abdala (University of Southern California) Development of human cochlear funcion: known unknowns

9:40  Matthew Kelley (NIDCD, NIH) Transcriptional profiling of hair cell development by single cell RNA-Seq

10:10 Isabelle Roux (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine) Alpha1 nAChR expression in the inner hair cells parallels the onset of cholinergic efferent synaptic function but is not necessary for efferent synapse formation

10:30 Chandrakala Puligilla (Medical University of South Carolina) MEKK4 signaling regulates sensory cell development and function in the mouse inner ear

10:50 Hanna Sherrill (NIDCD) Expression of Pou4f1 defines a potential subtype of spiral ganglion neurons

11:10 Discussion session 1:  Development of the auditory periphery: similarities and differences amongst the species we study.

11:40-1:30 Poster session & buffet lunch

Day 1: Afternoon session (Chair: Carolina Abdala)

2:00  Robin Davis (Rutgers University) Older and wiser: Development of dynamic plasticity in the spiral ganglion

2:30 Karl Kandler (University of Pittsburgh) Role of pre-hearing activity in the refinement of a tonotopic map

3:00  Stephanie Altieri (University of Pittsburgh) En1 is necessary for the differentiation, survival and migration of superior olivary complex neurons


3:40 Yuan Wang (Florida State University) Afferent influence of neuronal dendrites of bipolar neurons: structural
regulation and molecular mechanism

4:00 Discussion session 2: Relationship between functional development of the cochlea and the CNS

4:30-6  Poster session and reception

Saturday, 15 August 2015

9:00 Coffee and continental breakfast

Day 2: Morning session (Chair: Dan Sanes)

9:30 Welcome by Jay Rubenstein (Professor and Director, Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center)

9:35 Emily Buss (University of North Carolina) Factors responsible for immature auditory performance in children

10:05 David Horn (University of Washington) Spectral Ripple Discrimination in Normal Hearing and Cochlear Implanted Infants

10:25 Laurianne Cabrera (UniversitÚ Paris Descartes) How do newborns perceive speech sounds? The use of speech temporal cues in phonetic perception at birth

10:45 Julia Huyck (Kent State University) Neuropsychological correlates of na´ve comprehension of and rapid learning of noise-vocoded speech during adolescence and adulthood

11:05 Anne Takesian (Harvard Medical School) Top-down gating of auditory thalamocortical plasticity

11:25 Brian Monson (Harvard Medical School) Maturation of Auditory Cortical Microstructure in Preterm Infants 

12:00-2:00 Poster session & buffet lunch

Day 2: Afternoon session (Chair: Lynne Werner)

2:00 Sarah Bottjer (University of Southern California) Neural representations of current and goal behaviors during sensitive period learning

2:30 Janet Werker (University of British Columbia) Visual and motor influences on auditory speech perception in infancy

3:00 Chistina Zhao (University of Washington) Musical intervention enhances infants’ neural processing of temporal structure in music and speech


3:40 Christina Vanden Bosch der Nederlanden (Univ Nevada at Las Vegas) Category knowledge can affect children’s ability to detect changes in common sounds

4:00 Edwin Rubel (University of Washington) Hearing Development in broad strokes, 1971 - 2015 and beyond: Where were we, what do we know now, what are the challenges?

4:30-5:30 pm Reception


Organizing Committee: Lynne Werner, Dan Sanes, Allison Coffin, Matthew Kelley, Jenny Stone, Karina Cramer,  David Perkel, Bruce Tempel, and Carolina Abdala

Travel Information


The University of Washington is located in Seattle, just north of the downtown area.  SeaTac is the closest international airport and taxi service is available from SeaTac to the University District.  Amtrak and Bolt Bus are good options for regional travel. Once you arrive in Seattle, you may take local transit (King County or Sound Transit) or rent a car.

We have reserved a block of rooms at Hotel Deca ($219, 206-634-2000), University Inn ($190, 206-632-5055) and the Watertown Hotel ($190, 206-826-4242). Please call your preferred hotel directly and mention the Auditory Development Meeting to get the conference rate. You may also arrange your own lodging at one of the many hotels in the University District.