ANS Research Grant Award

Established: 2014
First awarded: 2015
Funding provided by: the ANS Endowment Fund

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Congratulations to the 2020 ANS Research Grant Award recipients.

The ANS Research Committee reviewed and recommended to the Council three grant recipients for the upcoming funding cycle, July 1-June 30, 2021.

Tatiana Correa, MD, MPH, was selected as a 2020 research grant recipient for her grant titled, "Comparison of Surgical Routes for Localized Inner Ear Viral Vector-Mediated Gene Therapy in the Guinea Pig Using Helper-Dependent Adenovirus Type 5”.

Dr. Tatiana Correa received her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, master’s in public health and medical degree at the University of Iowa. She continued her training at the University of Iowa where she is a current T32 research resident in the Department of Otolaryngology. Her research interests include hearing restoration, neural regeneration, tissue engineering and gene therapy. When she is not part-taking in clinical or research activities, Tatiana enjoys spending time with her friends and family, skiing or snowboarding, scuba diving, reading and traveling.

Courtney C.J. Voelker, MD, PhD, was selected as a 2020 research grant recipient for her grant titled, "In Vivo Neuronal Mapping of the Auditory Pathway in Pediatric Patients with Congenital Unilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss and those with Normal Hearing”.

The goal of Dr. Voelker’s proposed study is to examine the neuronal pathways in pediatric patients with congenital unilateral sensorineural hearing loss using a novel MRI-based modality called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI).

Dr. Courtney Voelker is Division Chief of Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery and the Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program at the University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.  She graduated with Honors from Brown University with a degree in neuroscience and earned her medical degree from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  As a Rhodes Scholar she earned her PhD from the University of Oxford in developmental neurobiology. She completed her residency in Otolaryngology –Head and Neck Surgery at Washington University (Barnes-Jewish Hospital) in St. Louis, Missouri and her fellowship at the House Clinic in Los Angeles, California.

 Dr. Voelker’s clinic interests include chronic ear disease, otosclerosis, cochlear implantation (adult and pediatric), vestibular disorders, skull base tumors including acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, and glomus tumors. Her research interests include studying inner ear structure and function, and how that knowledge translates into treatments for patients with hearing and balance problems.

Douglas Bennion, MD and Megan Foggia, MD were selected as co-P.I.’s for their grant entitled, “Durable Zwitterionic Thin Film Coatings for Cochlear Implant Biomaterials.” Dr. Bennion and Dr. Foggia have proposed to study the effects of zwitterionic thin film coatings in reducing the inflammation that occurs within the cochlea following cochlear implantation in CX3CR1-GFP mice.

Dr. Bennion completed his bachelor’s degree in neuroscience at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. He completed his combined MD-PhD graduate training from the University of Florida (Gainseville, FL), earning a PhD in Biomedical Sciences followed by his medical degree. He is currently coming up on his third year of residency in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Foggia received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Nevada and her medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine (Reno, NV). She completed her internship in otolaryngology at the University of Iowa and is now completing two years in the T32 resident research training program within the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Iowa.


The purpose of the American Neurotology Society (ANS) Research Grant is to encourage and support academic research in sciences related to the investigation of otology and neurotology.  Appropriate areas of research include diagnosis, management, and pathogenesis of diseases of the ear and/or skull base. Grants that focus on addressing clinical gaps are especially encouraged.  Grants may involve cell/molecular studies, animal research, or human subjects research.

The maximum award request is $25,000 per year (US dollars) and is annually renewable on a competitive basis. ANS may distribute up to three $25,000 grants each finding cycle.  Indirect costs (overhead) are not allowed. Grants are available to physician investigators in the United States and Canada only. We particularly encourage those individuals without a history of K08, R03, R21, or R01 funding to apply. 

If you would like to submit a grant for consideration in 2021-22, the deadline for applications is March 1, 2021. Email a cover letter and application to Dr. Ronna Hertzano, [email protected], Chair of the ANS Research Committee and ANS Admin, Kristen Bordignon. 

ANS Grant Application Deadline is March 1st - MIDNIGHT PT 


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Please click here for ANS Grant submission instructions (revised in 2021)

The American Neurotology Society Research Fund only accepts grant applications and reference letters electronically. Please prepare your application electronically and have everything including reference letters contained within one PDF. Please submit your final PDF application by email.  Reference letters may be electronically prepared and signed as PDF documents, or may be scanned as PDF documents, in order that they may be included as part of the grant application. 

The grants and reference letters are to be submitted via email to Dr. Ronna Hertzano, Chair of the American Neurotology Society Research Committee, [email protected] and Kristen Bordignon, Administrator for the American Neurotology Society, [email protected] 


Grant Submission Deadline: March 1

Previous Recipients

Christine T. Dinh, MD
University of Miami
Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

Cochlear irradiation and dosimetry: apoptosis, necrosis and hearing loss

 $25,000 2015 

Harrison W. Lin, MD
University of California-Irvine
Orange, CA

Chronic implantation of the facial nerve for selective facial muscle contraction  $25,000  2016

Michael S. Harris, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI 

 Verbal Memory as Outcome Predictor in Adults Receiving Cochlear Implants   $25,000   2017

Ksenia A. Aaron, MD
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

Modelling and Restoring Hearing and Vestibular Deficit of Non-Syndromic Deafness   $25,000   2018

Dunia Abdul-Aziz, MD
Massachusetts Eye & Ear
Boston, MA

Targeting Epigenetic Modifying Enzymes for Hair Cell Regeneration $25,000 2019


ANS RESEARCH COMMITTEE - Ronna Hertzano, MD, PhD - Chair

Ronna Hertzano MD, PhD
Michael B. Gluth MD
Aaron D. Tward MD
Christine Thuyvan Dinh MD
Konstantina M. Stankovich MD
Benjamin T Crane MD, PhD
Susan D Emmett MD, MPH
Aaron K Remenschneider MD
Matthew G Crowson MD, MPA, MASc