2015 – 2018: Dr Payal Mukherjee, Dr Adrienne Morey, Em. Prof Bill Gibson and Dr Daniel Brown were awarded a 3 year Conjoint Project Grant by the Garnett Pass & Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation. The project will examine changes in the tissues extracted from Meniere’s sufferers undergoing ablative surgery (i.e. labyrinthectomy) compared to non Meniere’s sufferers and animal models of Meniere’s.
The project draws on the surgical expertise of Dr Mukherjee and Em. Prof. Gibson, the histopathology of Dr Adrienne Morey, and the experimental research of Dr Brown. A number of Sydney Based Clinicians are also involved in the project, providing clinical data and samples.
This project aims to determine the possibility that abnormal tissue thickening in the inner ear is the cause of endolymphatic hydrops and the symptoms of the disease. The team currently has a small ‘bank’ off tissues from a number of patients, and is developing the animal model to match the observed histological changes.