Funding Success 2016

Wow – What a way to start the year.

Dr Daniel Brown has been awarded a 5 year “Senior/Principal Research Fellowship” by the Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation.

This is a significant award, and a great honor.

The award stems from Daniel’s development of the Light Sheet Microscope, along with the novel methods for investigating endolymph fluid dynamics. Here, Daniel plans to develop a new experimental model of immune-mediated endolymphatic hydrops, to use his Light Sheet Microscope to demonstrate the dynamics of hydrops development, and then to develop novel therapies for hydrops.

Stay posted for more progress with this research.

Funding Success

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.