Peripheral

Balance-and-Hearing-Research-Group

Group Members

Alan Brichta – Pre-clinical Researcher

Professor Alan Brichta is a neurobiologist at the University of Newcastle (UoN) with research interests in the anatomy and physiology of peripheral and central vestibular system. Prof. Brichta’s studies have focused on vestibular hair cells as well as central vestibular nucleus neurons in the brainstem. His overall goal is to be able to improve the quality of life of people suffering from balance disorders by better understanding the underlying cellular mechanisms of the vestibular system.

email: alan.brichta@newcastle.edu.au
profile: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/alan-brichta
ph: 02 49217026

Rebecca Lim – Pre-clinical Researcher

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Associate Professor Rebecca Lim is neuroscientist at the University of Newcastle who specialises in sensory system function. Assoc. Prof Lim’s work focuses on understanding how cells of sensory systems are damaged in disease states including Diabetes, Meniere’s Disease, and Vestibular Schwannoma. Her aim is to produce regenerative technologies and prosthetic devices to replace damaged and diseased cells to restore balance, hearing, and vision.

email: rebecca.lim@newcastle.edu.au

profile: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/rebecca-lim

ph: 02 49217811

Robert Eisenberg – Clinical Practitioner/Researcher

Associate Professor Robert Eisenberg is an Ear, Nose, and Throat surgeon and conjoint academic at The University of Newcastle. His work focuses on the treatment of hearing loss and balance disorders including internationally leading work on preservation of the cochlear nerve during vestibular schwannoma resection to allow cochlear implantation and hearing restoration. In particular, Assoc. Prof Eisenberg is working toward closing the gap in hearing health for indigenous Australians. He is also passionate about education and training of ENT surgical registrars.

email: robert.eisenberg@newcastle.edu.au
ph: 02 49655411

Phil Jobling – Pre-Clinical Researcher

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Research Focus

This program aims to understand how cells in the peripheral sensory systems become damaged by disease and age. Our research focuses on exploring the mechanisms leading to balance, hearing, and vision impairment and developing targeted treatments and therapies to repair the damage. We aim to translate the preclinical and clinical expertise of our members into novel therapies and neuromodulatory devices to restore lost peripheral sensory function.

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