ANS Research Grant Award


Congratulations Dunia E. Abdul-Aziz, MD, the 2019 ANS Research Grant Award recipient.

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The ANS Research Committee and the ANS Executive Council selected Dr. Abdul-Aziz grant titled, “Targeting Epigenetic Modifying Enzymes for Hair Cell Regeneration”. Dr Abdul Aziz proposed to study the protein LSD1 (which functions to modify DNA structure – an ‘epigenetic modifier’) with regards to its role in supporting hair cell differentiation and regeneration using both an organoid system (in vitro) and damage induced by diphtheria toxin in genetically engineered adult mice.

Dr. Abdul-Aziz received her bachelor’s degree in biochemical sciences from Harvard University and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, jointly with MIT, as part of the combined Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program. She completed her internship in general surgery at Mass General, followed by her residency in otolaryngology and fellowship in neurotology skull base surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School. She now serves on the faculty of Harvard Medical School as an Instructor in Otolaryngology.

Her clinical interests include hearing loss, chronic ear disease, eustachian tube disorders, vestibular disorders, and tumors and other diseases involving the lateral skull base. She has also developed the clinical skills for management of superior semicircular canal dehiscence and performance of transcanal endoscopic ear surgery. Concurrent with her clinical activities, she is involved in basic science research focused on sensory hair cell regeneration, seeking to understand and target fundamental developmental pathways to restore hearing

ANS Research Grant Award

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

Award Information

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 neurotologyAppropriate 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. 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. 

ANS Grant Application Deadline is March 1st - MIDNIGHT PT 


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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
Steven Wan Cheung, MD
Benjamin T. Crane, MD, PhD
Christine T. Dinh, MD
Michael B. Gluth, MD
Konstantina M. Stankovich, MD
Aaron D. Tward, MD 
Courtney C. J. Voelker, MD, PhD