Cochlear Influences on Development of the Brainstem Auditory System

  • Thomas N. Parks


Experimental work from several laboratories, including that reviewed by Hyson and Sanes in this volume, has shown that from the time cochlear nerve synapses are first formed on CNS auditory neurons, the developing ear exerts a powerful influence on the developing brain (see also Moore, 1992). My laboratory has studied how influences from the ear affect survival, form, connectivity, calcium homeostasis mechanisms, and neurotransmitter receptor properties of chick brainstem auditory neurons.


AMPA Receptor Cochlear Nucleus Cochlear Nerve Dendritic Length Auditory Neuron 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas N. Parks
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  1. 1.Department of Neurobiology & AnatomyUniversity of Utah School of MedicineSalt Lake City

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