New Vancacy - Director, IHR Scottish Section

Information about the Scottish Section Director post is now available. Read More

Award for outstanding contribution to hearing research

Congratulations to Mel Ferguson, Helen Henshaw, Daniel Clark of NHBRU and our own David Moore, previous IHR director, on winning the Editors’ Award 2015 from the journal Ear and Hearing. Read More

BBC Radio 4 interview: Can headphones damage hearing?

Following the French health minister’s proposal to place a legal limit on headphone volume and at live concerts in France, amid concern that people are unwittingly damaging their hearing, Dr Mark Porter of the BBC Radio 4 'Inside Health' programme spoke to Dr Michael Akeroyd, Director of IHR's Scottish Section. Read More

PhD studentships available for 2015

We are pleased to offer several different PhD projects to start in October 2015. Read More

New Director for Institute of Hearing Research

A new Director has been appointed to run the Medical Research Council’s Institute of Hearing Research (IHR) at The University of Nottingham. Read More


Unless stated otherwise, seminars are held at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research Nottingham University Section (click here for details on how to find the Institute).

3rd March 2015, 1 pm : Talk by Daniel Bendor: 'The role of inhibition in auditory cortex for encoding temporal information'

This seminar will be presented by Dr. Daniel Bendor (Department of Experimental Psychology, University College London).

In auditory cortex, temporal information within a sound is represented by two complementary neural codes: a temporal representation based on stimulus-locked firing and a rate representation, where discharge rate co-varies with the timing between acoustic events but lacks a stimulus-synchronized response.  Using a computational neuronal model, we find that stimulus-locked responses are generated when sound-evoked excitation is combined with strong, delayed inhibition. In contrast to this, a non-synchronized rate representation is generated when the net excitation evoked by the sound is weak, which occurs when excitation is coincident and balanced with inhibition. Using single-unit recordings from awake marmosets (Callithrix jacchus), we validate several model predictions, including differences in the temporal fidelity, discharge rates and temporal dynamics of stimulus-evoked responses between neurons with rate and temporal representations. Together these data suggest that feedforward inhibition provides a parsimonious explanation of the neural coding dichotomy observed in auditory cortex.

17th March 2015, 1 pm : Talk by Ning Ma. Title TBA

This seminar will be presented by Dr. Ning Ma (Research Associate, Speech and Hearing Research Group, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield).

24th March 2015, 1 pm : Talk by Christoph Kayser. Title TBA

This seminar will be presented by Prof. Christoph Kayser (Chair in Integrative Neuroscience, Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, University of Glasgow).

28th April 2015, 1 pm : Talk by Tobias Neher. Title TBA

This seminar will be presented by Dr. Tobias Neher (Medical Physics and Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all, Oldenburg University).