Molecular Biology of Hearing and Deafness

17 - 20 May 2016Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    We are pleased to announce the 10th Molecular Biology of Hearing and
    Deafness conference. Hearing impairment affects many millions of people
    throughout the world. Its causes are numerous: genetic mutations,
    environmental insults, infections, certain commonly used medications and
    the ageing process can all cause deafness. These factors can interact
    with one another and can impinge upon the auditory system at many
    different levels, and at many stages during its development and

    This year’s meeting will highlight and discuss recent discoveries in the
    field: new genes involved in deafness and new pathways that underlie the
    development, function, repair and regeneration of the auditory system.
    There will be a strong focus on approaches, currently being developed,
    for treating or preventing deafness caused by noise, drugs and mutations.

    The conference will bring together research scientists and clinicians,
    working in different disciplines and employing different approaches, in
    the quest to achieve a better understanding of the causes, prevention and
    cure of hearing impairment. This event has been approved for CPD by the
    Royal College of Physicians (London) (credit 8 points).

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 13.00 on Tuesday 17 May and
    close at approximately 14.00 on Friday 20 May 2016.

    Topics wil cover:

    • Genetics of deafness                
    • Development of the auditory system
    • Molecular basis of mechanotransduction         
    • Cochlear damage
    • Pathological mechanisms underlying deafness
    • Repair and regeneration
    • Molecular diagnostics                
    • Otologic disease
    • Translational approaches to hearing loss
    • Genetics and ageing
  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    David Corey
    Harvard Medical School, USA
    Stefan Heller
    Stanford University, USA
    Cynthia Morton
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA
    Guy Richardson
    University of Sussex, UK
    Allen Ryan
    University of California, San Diego, USA

    Karen Steel
    King’s College London, UK

    Confirmed speakers
    Zubair Ahmed
    University of Maryland, USA
    Kumar Alagramam Case Western Reserve University,
    Maria Bitner-Glindzicz University College London,
    Michael Bowl MRC Harwell, UK
    Zheng-Yi Chen Harvard Medical School,
    Gabriel Corfas University of Michigan, USA
    Lisa Cunningham National Institute of Health, USA
    Sally Dawson University College London, UK
    Michelle Hastings Rosalind Franklin University,
    Jeffrey Holt Harvard Medical School, USA
    Gary Housley University of New South Wales, Australia

    Matt Kelley National Institute of Health, USA
    Christine Petit Institut Pasteur, France
    Xiaorui Shi Oregon Health & Science University,
    Philine Wangemann Kansas State University, USA
    Donna Whitlon Northwestern University,
    Huijun Yuan Medical Genetics Center in Southwest
    Hospital, China

    Further speakers will be announced shortly

    Conference organiser
    Emily Rees
    Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Student No accommodation £310
    Student On site twin accommodation £460
    Student On site single accommodation £555
    Academic No accommodation £410
    Academic On site twin accommodation £560
    Academic On site single accommodation £655
    Commercial No accommodation £510
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £660
    Commercial On site single accommodation £755
    Clinician day rate No accommodation £110

    The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster
    sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments
    during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have
    booked accommodation.

    Day Delegate rate for Clinicians
    A day delegate rate for Clinicians is available at £110. Please
    note that dinner is not included in the clinician day delegate

    Registration deadline: Closed

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 17, 18 & 19 May
    2016. Please note: there is limited on-site accommodation and this will
    be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Therefore, early
    registration is recommended.

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference
    dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

    Travel visas
    Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application. Note that letters will be provided to confirmed

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
    visa to enter the UK. 
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
    or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website:

    Information for general visitors and business visitors:

  • Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the
    meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral
    presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

    Please register prior to submitting your abstract. Please note: abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates.

    The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the
    deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been
    selected for an oral or poster presentation.

    Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0-
    portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the
    conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the

    Abstract deadline: Closed

    Abstract guidelines

    • Format & Font: Prepare your abstract in Microsoft Word in 11-point Ariel Font.
    • Title: The title should be concise and be in bold, sentence case.
    • Author names: The presenting author’s name must be the first name to appear on the list of authors. Underline the name of the presenting author. For each author give the forename followed by the surname.
    • Affiliations: Please list the authors and affiliations directly under the title, separated by one empty line, and followed on additional lines as necessary. Indicate each author’s affiliation with a superscript numeral following the surname.
    • Abstract length: should not exceed one 1.5-spaced page. The total word limit is 400 words (to include title, authors, affiliations and abstract narrative).
    • Abstract narrative: must be clear and concise. Clearly describe the problem you are addressing, the results to date and any conclusions you can draw from them, so that your abstract can be evaluated by the programme committee. Avoid saying in effect ‘a solution to XYZ problem will be presented’. Please ensure that your abstract is checked for correctness of spelling and grammar in advance of submission.
    • Subheadings: Please avoid the use of subheadings in the abstract narrative.
    • References: A separate list of references at the end of the abstract is not necessary.
    • File name: should be the same as the surname of the presenting author.
    • Download a sample abstract document (Microsoft Word), which can be used for formatting purposes.
  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students
    and junior post docs kindly funded by Action on Hearing Loss.

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • Abstract
    • CV
    • Covering letter
    • Letter from supervisor

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: Closed

  • Sponsors

    We thank the following organisations for their support: