Colleen Le Prell, Ph.D.
Dr. Colleen Le Prell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Florida. She received her doctorate in Psychology (Biospsychology area) from the University of Michigan in 1998, followed by post-doctoral studies at the Kresge Hearing Research Institute (1998-2001). Her post-doctoral research emphasized the pharmacology of the inner ear, and was funded by a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health.
Current research programs in her laboratory at the University of Florida continue her long-term efforts to precisely characterize the influence of the lateral olivocochlear neurons on auditory nerve function, and extend a collaborative translational research program directed at prevention of acquired hearing loss, including hearing loss induced by exposure to loud sound. The latter program includes an effort to identify and prevent the progression of biochemical processes that lead to cell death in the inner ear using basic science techniques, and a significant collaboration between Dr. Josef Miller at the University of Michigan and multiple other US and international colleagues working together to translate potential therapies from animal models to human trials. She has presented her research findings nationally and internationally, and has lectured on the challenges of translational research in Otolaryngology, including a short course lecture to the Association for Research in Otolaryngology in 2007.
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