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Talk Now you hear it, now you don't: the neuroscience of deafness

Now you hear it, now you don't: the neuroscience of deafness

Key facts

Genre: Event with live subtitles


Croonian Prize Lecture 2017 by Professor Jonathan Ashmore FMedSci FRS

What makes hearing possible? Just the size of a pea, the cochlea of the inner ear allows you to detect anything from a pin drop to a car horn. Groups of cells within the cochlea, and in particular the outer hair cells act as biological microphones to amplify soundwaves and allow your brain to understand a whole world of sound.

For an ageing population it is critical that the outer hair cells last as long as possible for without them we become progressively deaf. 

How are the cells maintained and, importantly, what do we still need to know to preserve them for a lifetime? Professor Ashmore will explore how these incredible biological hearing aids work and you can join the hunt for the molecules that power them.

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Doors open from 18:00, and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • British Sign Language interpretation and live subtitles will be available at this event. Please let the Events Team know if you would like to use these facilities.

The award

The Croonian Medal and Lecture is awarded annually for outstanding achievements in the biological sciences. The lecture series began in 1738 and is the premier lecture in biological sciences.

Professor Jonathan Ashmore FMedSci FRS was awarded the Croonian Medal and Lecture 2017 for his significant contributions to the field of neuroscience, shaping our current understanding of inner ear physiology, in particular for his analysis of the role of cochlear hair cells in normal hearing.

Booking information

This event is free to attend and no registration is required. Doors open at 6pm and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you need to read the subtitles, please email events@royal society.org and let them know in advance.

Image: Scanning electron microscope view of a row of outer hair cells in the organ of Corti of the inner ear. Credit: Professor Andy Forge, UCL Ear Institute.

Event details

Mon 15 May 2017, 6:30pm

Live subtitling

Venue details

The Royal Society (Croonian)
6-9 Carlton House Terrace

Phone: 0207 451 2500

Email: events@royalsociety.org

Website: The Royal Society (Croonian)

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