Auditory Science Laboratory

Director: Robert V. Harrison PhD, D.Sc.

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The Auditory Science Laboratory was established by Dr. Bob Harrison at the The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in 1984. The research lab is affiliated with the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at University of Toronto (U of T), and with other Departments and Institutes within the U of T Faculty of Medicine.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:  Bob Harrison is a Senior Scientist in the Neurosciences & Mental Health research program at SickKids. He is also a Professor, and Vice-Chair Research of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto. He has cross-appointments to the Department of Physiology and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. He is appointed to the School of Graduate Studies through the Institute of Medical Science. Harrison has basic training in biological sciences, with doctoral degrees in auditory neuroscience from universities in the U.K. His research ranges from basic laboratory science to clinically applied projects in the area of hearing loss and communication disorders. Much of the labs present and past research has focused on the development of the auditory system, and on the effects of hearing loss on central auditory function. He has a continuing interest in audiological issues relating to hearing loss in children. His research philosophy is to take new basic science findings and apply them to promote wellness and improved healthcare.

OUR MISSION is to increase our knowledge about the complex biological mechanisms that allow us to hear. For those with hearing loss, we strive to understand the exact nature of hearing deficits, and use this information towards achieving the best possible strategies for prevention, remediation or habilitation.