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MidWinter Meeting

38th ARO MidWinter Meeting
February 21-25, 2015
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Key Dates:

  • September 1: Abstract Submission Site and Registration Opens
  • September 15: Call for Travel Award Applications Opens
  • October 1: Deadline for Abstract Submissions
  • October 15: Deadline for Travel Award Applications
  • November 15: Abstract Assignment Notification

Invited Sessions Symposia:

  • Age-Related Vestibular Loss: Research Update and Setting the 5-Year Research Agenda

  • Binaural Processing and Spatial Unmasking for Bilateral, Bimodal and Single-Sided Deafness Cochlear-Implant Users
  • Cellular Calcium Signaling in the Auditory System
  • Chromatin and Transcriptional Regulation of Neurosensory Development
  • Cortical Dynamics of Human Auditory Perception: Insights from Electrocorticography (Ecog) Studies
  • Epidemiological Perspectives on Age-Related Hearing Loss: Risk Factors and Prevention
  • The Functional Organization of Human Auditory Cortex
  • The Hearing Restoration Project
  • Mechanisms of Social Hearing
  • Neural Substrates of Music Processing: From Perception to Cognition
  • New Perspectives on Sound Exposure and Subcortical Processing: from Environmental Effects to Damaging Sounds
  • Non-Coding RNAs in the Auditory System
  • Planar Polarity and Neurosensory Development
  • The Transmembrane Channel-Like Family: Molecules, Mechanisms and Models of Mechanotransduction



  • Junior Scientist Poster Pitch Blitz Session
  • Mobile and Web Auditory Training Apps for Hearing Impaired Adults – Translational and Scientific Challenges
  • Tool Shop: Workshop for Auditory Research Software


Young Investigator Symposia:

  • Computational Modeling of Auditory Perception
  • Mechanisms in Binaural Hearing: from Synapses to Psychophysics
  • Quantifying the Influences of Internal Noise on Auditory Processing - from Neural Coding to Behavior

ARO Public Lecture at the National Aquarium (open to the public):

  • Navigating the World through Sound: Echolocation by the Blind


2014 Proceedings:

37th ARO MidWinter Meeting
February 22-26, 2014
The Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel
San Diego, California, USA

Program Book
Abstract Book

Invited Symposia & Workshops:

  • Presidential Symposium: First-in-Human Trials of Neurotechnology: Past, Present and Future

  • Structural and Physiological Development of Auditory Synapses
  • Auditory Neural Remodeling by Environmental Noise and Other Background Sounds
  • Cochlear Neurodegeneration in Noise and Aging – From Animal Models to Human Temporal Bones
  • Consider Bone-Conducted Hearing
  • Neurotrophins: Their Function in Survival, Neurite Growth, Functional Diversification and Maintenance
  • Central Vestibular Control of Essential Autonomic Functions
  • Vestibular Related Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Central Consequences of Deafness
  • Recent Developments in Cochlear Implant Research
  • Macro to Micro: The Role of Spike Timing Dependent Plasticity and Neural Hypersynchrony in Disease
  • Dynamics of Attention and Learning in the Auditory System
  • Workshop: Poster Session for Students and Post-Docs, Elevator-Pitch Style
  • Young Investigator Symposia: Cochlear Mechanotransduction

Committee Meetings:
For a list of ARO's Committee Meetings scheduled during the MidWinter Meeting click here.

spARO Events:

Town Hall - Saturday, February 22 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM in Promenade AB
Student Social - Sunday, February 23 from 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM offsite at Hennessey's Gaslamp Tavern

Mentorship Program:
Professionals, Professors, Postdocs, Grad Students, & RAs: Come Join the Discussion!
Ever wondered how someone runs a lab, yet still has a life? How to talk to your cranky advisor (or advisee) in a more constructive manner? Or how people transition between academia and industry?

Once again this year we have multiple mentorship sessions focused on many of the non-scientific issues that are critical to a successful and fulfilling scientific career.

So run out, grab a lunch to go, and then come join us in these open discussions.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    Pros and Cons of Being a Clinician Scientist       
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
    Career Opportunities in Industry                       

Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    Publishing & Grant Applications      
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
     Building Mentoring Relationships                      

Monday, February 24, 2014

  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    How to Look for a Job & Start a Lab             
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
    Diversity, Hearing Impairment, and Related Issues

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    Transitioning from Science to Administration   
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
    Work-Life Balance    

Poster Sizing:
Wide: 70.5 inches or 179 cm
High: 46.5 or 118 cm
Guidelines for Preparing Posters

MWM Registration Desk Hours:
The hours for registration are as follows (please note: hours may change to accommodate events):
Friday, February 21: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 22: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday, February 23: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Monday, February 24: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, February 25: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday, February 26: 7:30 am - 12:00 noon

MWM Recording Policy:
ARO does not permit audio or photographic recording of any research data presented at the meeting.

A Special Note for the Disabled:
ARO wishes to take steps that are required to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services. If you need any auxiliary aids or services identified in the American with Disabilities Act, or any assistance in registering for this course please contact ARO Meetings Department at, via telephone at 856-423-0041, option 2 or write to ARO Meetings Department, 19 Mantua Road, Mt. Royal, NJ 08061.

Child Care Support :
The ARO would like to encourage attendance at the midwinter meeting by providing awards to help defray child care costs.  Members can apply for up to US$500 (one award per family) for the 2014 meeting to support care either at the meeting or elsewhere.  Day care costs elsewhere (e.g., at home) must be costs that exceed the family’s usual day care costs and are directly attributable to attendance at the meeting. 

To be considered for this award, complete the fillable application and submit it by email to by December 31, 2013.  Awardees will be notified by January 21. Award money is sent by check after the meeting in response to receipts.

Contact Information:
Please contact with ARO MidWinter Meeting questions/concerns.

Future Meeting Dates:
February 20-24, 2016, 39th ARO MidWinter Meeting, Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, California, USA
February 11-15, 2017, 40th Annual MidWinter Meeting, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
February 10-14, 2018, 41st Annual MidWinter Meeting, Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, California, USA
February 9-13, 2019, 42nd Annual MidWinter Meeting, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Past MWM Downloads:

2013 MWM Abstract Book

2013 MWM Program Book

2012 MWM Abstract Book

2012 MWM Program Book