ANS Research Grant Award

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

ON MARCH 1, 2022
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Congratulations to the 2021 ANS Research Grant Award recipients.

The ANS Research Committee reviewed and recommended to the Council two grant recipients for the upcoming funding cycle, July 1-June 30, 2022.

Ashley Kita, MD was selected as a 2021 research grant recipient for her grant titled, “Prolonged Elution of Cytokines for Inner Ear Rehabilitation.” The goal of her proposed study is to develop a prolonged method of topical delivery to the inner ear while simultaneously developing an assay for screening potential therapeutics.

Dr. Ashley Kita is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA. Dr. Kita earned her BS in Bioengineering from the University of California Berkeley and completed her MD and residency training at UCLA. She is also completing UCLA’s faculty Biodesign fellowship this year. Ashley practices Comprehensive Otolaryngology and conducts translational research in point of care diagnostics, topical drug delivery, and contactless patient monitoring. She is passionate about developing translational innovations that bridge the gap between the bench and the bedside.


Bing Teh, MBBS, PHD was selected as a 2021 research grant recipient for her grant titled, “The Impact of Vestibular Dose on Post Gamma Knife Balance Function”.

The goal of Dr Teh’s proposed study is to assess hearing, gait and balance function with patients with Vestibular Schwannoma undergoing Gamma Knife Surgery and to determine if vestibular radiation dose is independently predictive of post-operative outcome.

Dr. Bing Teh is currently a first-year otology/neurotology fellow at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia and Cornell Universities, New York. She completed her medical school at University of Melbourne, Australia. She earned her PHD at University of Western Australia with the support of Garnett Passe Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation before completing her Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency in Melbourne, Australia. 


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 2022-23, the deadline for applications is March 1, 2022. 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

Tatiana Correa, MD, MPH
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Comparison of Surgical Routes for Localized Inner Ear Viral Vector-Mediated Gene Therapy in the Guinea Pig Using Helper-Dependent Adenovirus Type 5   $25,000  2020
Courtney C.J. Voelker, MD, PhD

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 

In Vivo Neuronal Mapping of the Auditory Pathway in Pediatric Patients with Congenital Unilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss and those with Normal Hearing   $25,000  2020

Douglas Bennion, MD and Megan (Foggia) Jensen, MD 
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Durable Zwitterionic Thin Film Coatings for Cochlear Implant Biomaterials  $25,000  2020


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

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