National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Acting Scientific Director: Thomas B. Friedman, Ph.D.

The Division of Intramural Research (DIR) of the NIDCD conducts basic and clinical research in the areas of human communication. Current research projects address the following:

  • Genetics of communication disorders in humans and murine models
  • Elucidation of the sensory transduction mechanisms of hearing, balance, smell, and taste
  • Structural, physiological, and developmental properties of the inner ear
  • Neuroimaging of brain function in physiologic and pathophysiologic states
  • Characterization of basic properties of neurotransmission and signal transduction
  • Biology and therapy of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

Learn more about the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders’ Division of Intramural Research.