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Modelling Cochlear Mechanics: Insights into the Physiology and Pathology of the Inner Ear

Call for Papers

The clinical evidence indicates that the number of people with sensorineural hearing loss is rising, mainly due to a growing global population and longer life expectancies. Understanding the exact pathophysiological consequences and mechanisms through which diverse causative factors give rise to hearing impairment in humans requires a thorough understanding of the normal function of the cochlea. Mathematical models have been recently introduced into the study of cochlear physiology and pathology, giving insight into the system’s behaviour and attributes that would have been impossible to have with human invivo studies. Moreover, such models can serve as a powerful platform to study the structure-function relationship in normal and pathological ears and give insights into the planning of novel surgical procedures for the rehabilitation of sensorineural hearing loss, paving the way for individualised assessment decision making and treatment planning resulting in more personalized healthcare.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to understand cochlear mechanics through mathematical modelling approaches. We are particularly interested in articles describing use of models to predict pathological features or to design new audiological investigations or novel therapeutic approaches. We are also interested in multiscale modelling of the inner ear, developing heterogeneous model alignment strategies and methods for clinical validation of the models. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Geometry model reconstruction of the cochlea and 3D visualization tools
  • Multiscale modelling of the inner ear
  • Continuum and discrete modelling of the inner ear
  • Recent developments in modelling electrical coupling within the cochlea
  • Recent advances in bone conduction modelling
  • Construction of personalised models to aid in diagnosis and management of hearing loss
  • Use of cochlear models to design novel surgical procedures
  • Clinical validation of inner ear models

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/otolaryngology/mcm/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 11 April 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 4 July 2014
Publication DateFriday, 29 August 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Athanasios Bibas, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Guest Editors

  • Steven Elliott, Institute of Sound and Vibration, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
  • Stefan Stenfelt, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
  • Nenad Filipovic, Bioengineering Research and Development Center (BioIRC), Kragujevac, Serbia
  • Hiroshi Wada, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Frank Böhnke, Ear, Nose, and Throat Department, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany