Ogahali Lab at Stanford

Discussion in 'Research News' started by Grant1, Feb 12, 2013.

    1. Grant1

      Grant1 Member


      "We are, however, working to develop techniques that will allow us to perform research in humans. For example, we are in the process of developing novel optical techniques for in vivo imaging using optical coherence tomography (OCT). The level of detail within the cochlea that we can now image is roughly two orders of magnitude better than what is currently available with the latest MRI or CT techniques. Our goal is to be able to identify why any given patient that comes to clinic has hearing loss, and use this information to guide management using regenerative strategies that are in active development."
    2. joejunior

      joejunior Member

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      Great that these advanced imaging techniques being developed for in vivo imaging.
    3. Grant1

      Grant1 Member

      Joejunior, the words "using regenerative strategies that are in active development" are very exciting.
    4. stantheman

      stantheman Member

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      That's nice but what does it mean for tinnitus sufferers now?
    5. Grant1

      Grant1 Member

      I would speculate that it will be 15 years before this research produces results that be beneficial to significant numbers of people.
    6. DezDog

      DezDog Member Benefactor

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      I see your speculation, and raise you: 5 years.
    7. Grant1

      Grant1 Member

      And if the 20 years was a guarantee, I would take it in a heartbeat. I'm 48, so I hope to be around 20 years from now. it's exciting that in the next 20 years this may happen. God bless those wonderful people at Stanford working on it.
    8. DezDog

      DezDog Member Benefactor

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      I was going the other way, really. It could be 15 years or 5 years; 1 year or never. I'm just pleased to know people are working on it.
    9. erik

      erik Manager Staff Benefactor

      Washington State, USA
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      Most likely hearing loss
      I agree there is more research these past couple of years then the last decade. Much more money allocated to it to...
    10. Aisling

      Aisling Member

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      Well if its 20 years I'll be 49. I would love a cure in my lifetime :-(
    11. Grant1

      Grant1 Member

      Lol. Ok. I screwed up when I read your post. I thought you were speculating 20 years.
      Let me say this. Last year when I visited a very prominent otoneurologist in the field of tinnitus treatment, I asked him about the possibility of regeneration of cochlear hair cell, and I believe I specifically asked about the use of stem cells to accomplish this. He said the most optimistic is that in ten years we could be at a point where human testing would begin.
      Additionally, I read an article online (from a Phoenix paper I believe) in which a Stanford person also mentioned ten years. I will try to find the article and then provide a link to it.
      So, your ten year speculation may be right on target.

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