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Age-related anatomical changes in the ears of newborns and infants
Depts. BioMedical Engineering and Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, McGill
W. Robert J. Funnell
W. Robert J. Funnell
English or French
Type of Research Project
- Basic science
What is the background of the project?
Early diagnosis of hearing loss in newborns is important in order to avoid problems with language acquisition and psychosocial development, but the available tests result in too many screening false positives and in delayed diagnoses.
What is the aim of the project?
Our overall objective is to develop an inexpensive, fast and accurate test for hearing loss in newborns. Specific aims: (1) To create computer-based 3-D models of outer, middle and inner ear for ages from birth to about three years and (2) to produce quantitative descriptions of significant changes with age.
What techniques and methods are used?
What is the role of the student?
- The student will mainly observe
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
At professor's discretion depending on student's exchange period. Examples of tasks: search for and summarize previous research on post-natal development of the ear, and on anatomical quantification; help decide which anatomical features can and should be quantified; learn to use our software to create 3-D models; work on improving our existing 3-D models based on clinical CT scans and on histology; help identify suitable new X-ray CT scans from the Montréal Children’s Hospital and create new models for additional ears; (6) extract anatomical features and help analyze and interpret them; (7) prepare the findings for presentation, and present as appropriate.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
At professor's discretion depending on student's exchange period
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- No specific outcome is expected
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
No particular prior computer experience is required.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students
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