Robert Harrison

Professor and Vice-Chair -- Research, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery; Professor, Department of Physiology, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, and Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto; Senior Scientist, Program for Neuroscience and Mental Health, Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, ON)

Robert (Bob) Harrison is a trained physiologist and a specialist in otolaryngology and neuroscience. His early work was concerned with the peripheral auditory system, including studies on the effects of cochlear hair cell damage on the transduction and coding of sound. More recently, he has been exploring the functional and anatomical development of central auditory pathways, particularly the plasticity of the auditory brainstem, mid-brain, and cortex. He has employed a wide range of research methodologies including electrophysiology, histology, electron microscopy, behavioural psychophysics, and various neuro-imaging techniques. He has carried out research with groups in England, France, the Netherlands, and most recently in Canada and the United States.

In addition to laboratory research, Dr. Harrison is involved in applied/clinical research in evoked potential and otoacoustic emission studies, and behavioural studies of speech and language development in children with cochlear implants. He holds a PhD and DSc in auditory communication and neuroscience, and has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers and numerous book chapters.

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