Prof. Gabriel Corfas
Kresge Hearing Research Institute, The University of Michigan, USA
Gabriel Corfas obtained an MSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires and a doctorate in Neurobiology from the Weizmann Institute of Science. During his postdoctoral training, first at Washington University in St. Louis, MO and then at Harvard Medical School, he contributed to the identification and cloning of the trophic factor neuregulin and its mechanism of action. In 1996 he became faculty at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), becoming Professor of Neurology and Otolaryngology, and director of basic research in Otolaryngology at BCH. Since 2014 Corfas is the Director of the of Kresge Hearing Research Institute and associate chair for research for the Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Dr. Corfas’ laboratory is dedicated to understanding the molecular mechanisms of neuron-glia interactions and roles of glia in health and disease and using this knowledge towards developing treatments for nervous system disorders. In the area of auditory neuroscience, the Corfas’ lab made key discoveries in the mechanisms that regulate the survival of spiral ganglion neurons and the formation and maintenance of inner hair cell synapses, identifying neurotrophic synaptogenic factors. Furthermore, the Corfas lab showed that these factors can be used to induce synapse regeneration after noise exposure in mice, thus promoting hearing restoration.