Neural Plasticity

Reestablishing Neural Plasticity in Regenerated Spiral Ganglion Neurons and Sensory Hair Cells for Hearing Loss 2020

Publishing date
01 Sep 2020
Submission deadline
24 Apr 2020

Lead Editor

1Southeast University, Nanjing, China

2University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, USA

3Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

4University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland

5Tulane University, Louisiana, USA

Reestablishing Neural Plasticity in Regenerated Spiral Ganglion Neurons and Sensory Hair Cells for Hearing Loss 2020


Hearing loss is considered the most common sensory disorder in the human population that occurs at all ages worldwide, and sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is the most common type of hearing loss. Various insults could induce SNHL, including acoustic trauma, ear and brain tumors, aging, noise exposure, or ototoxic medications or chemicals. SNHL is caused by the irreversible loss of sensory hair cells and the degeneration of the spiral ganglion neurons. SNHL is not yet curable because of the irreversible death of hair cells and the degeneration of spiral ganglion neurons in the cochlea. Recent years, exciting animal studies on signaling pathway manipulation, gene therapy, and stem cell transplantation as well as pharmaceutical agents demonstrated that hair cells and spiral ganglion neurons could be regenerated and indicated that hearing loss might eventually be curable in the future. Neural plasticity is a key feature for spiral ganglion neurons and hair cells and is especially important for the new regenerated spiral ganglion neurons and hair cells. This special issue will focus on recent advances in reestablishing the neural plasticity of regenerated spiral ganglion neurons and sensory hair cells.

In this Special Issue, we invite authors to submit high-quality original research articles and reviews. Researchers and clinicians are encouraged to submit their work including both basic and translational research.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Signaling mechanisms
  • Cytoskeletal regulation
  • Hair cell regeneration
  • Spiral ganglion neuron regeneration
  • Spiral ganglion neuron refinement and retraction
  • Spiral ganglion neuron neurites pruning
  • Application of biomaterials in improving the plasticity of spiral ganglion neuron
  • Ribbon synapse plasticity
  • Noise and drug induced changes in hair cell and spiral ganglion neuron plasticity
  • Genetic aspects regulating plasticity
  • Gene therapy of hearing loss
  • The application of Biomaterials in regeneration
  • Inner ear progenitors and mini organ formation
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