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August 11, 2009
Stanford University Creates a Touch-Enabled Virtual “Body Double” for Rehearsing Sinus Surgery Using SensAble’s Haptic Devices

August 10, 2009
Virtual Reality Could Keep You From Being a Surgical Guinea Pig

April 26, 2009
Discovery Of Ion Channel Turns Ear On Its Head

April 22, 2009
Discovery of ion-pore location on cell alters long-accepted model of hearing
Anthony Ricci
; Stanford Report

March 10, 2009
Cigarettes were once ‘physician’ tested, approved From the 1930s to the 1950s, ‘doctors’ once lit up the pages of cigarette advertisements.

February 14, 2009
When it comes to elephant love calls, the answer lies in a bone-shaking triangle

January 15, 2009
A superficial success




December 12th, 2008
Robert K. Jackler MD, Tobacco Ad Exhibit at the NYPL
Video taken at Dr.Jackler's New York Public Library Exhibit

October 14, 2008
Robert K. Jackler MD Tobacco Ad Campaign
From Face the Nation: Tobacco Trickster
Bob Schieffer discusses the early influence of the tobacco industry on
Americans and how clever P.R. convinced millions to pick up a deadly habit.

October 8th, 2008
Robert K. Jackler MD, NYPL Tobacco Ad Exhibit

Old Cigarette Ads Evoke Smoky Nostalgia
Many of the ads make claims that seem laughable now, when packs of cigarettes come
emblazoned with warnings about "serious risks to your...
CBS News

Advertising: When Athletes, Actors, and Even Santa, Endorsed Tobacco
PEOPLE who remember when tobacco advertising was a prominent part of the media landscape and others who recall what they learned in Marketing 101 probably recollect that actors like Barbara Stanwyck and athletes like Mickey Mantle routinely...
The New York Times

Exhibit On Cigarette Advertising Opens In Manhattan
WNBC New York

Exhibit on cigarette advertising opens in NYC
The Seattle Times

Exhibit on cigarette advertising opens in NYC
Centre Daily Times

Old Cigarette Ads Evoke Smoky Nostalgia
Many of the ads make claims that seem laughable now, when packs of cigarettes come emblazoned with warnings about "serious risks to your...
CBS News

September 29, 2008
Deafness Research UK Excited About Gene Therapy Breakthrough

September 24, 2008
Tuning in to how genes control hearing development.

Tobacco Advertising Images
Robert K. Jackler MD


Signed, sealed and delivered: "big tobacco" in Hollywood, 1927–1951
Research Paper Online Link

Robert Jackler M.D. has been telling the story -principally through advertising images-of how, between the late 1920s and the early 1950s, tobacco companies used deceptive and often patently false claims in an effort to reassure the public of the safety of their products.

On first impression, most viewers will find these images outrageous, humorous, and so blatantly false as to trigger incredulity. But tobacco industry ad men also excelled in creative genius and had high levels of artistic skill. The best talent money could buy was recruited for this effort. Tobacco advertisers faced a daunting challenge: How do you sell a product which shortens the life of the user by an average of about 8 years? Despite all of the regulation and warning labels, cigarettes ads in the twenty-first century are remarkably similar to those of former eras.

Dr. Stefan Heller:

Major German Newspaper Article

Dr. Nikolas Blevins:

The Stanford Challenge: Getting the Feel of Surgery

How can medical students practice surgery without placing patients at risk?
Stanford surgeons and computer scientists are working together to create a hands-on
surgical simulators with incredibly realistic sense of touch. Associate Professor Nikolas Blevins
(Otolaryngology) and Professor Kenneth Salisbury (Computer Science and Surgery)
demonstrate Stanford's surgery simulators.

The project received special funding from Bio-X, part of Stanford's
Initiative on Human Health. Bio-X brings together faculty from biology,
medicine, engineering, and other fields so they can join forces to benefit patients.
Recorded 2007.

Dr.Nikolas Blevins on YouTube

May 21, 2008
When Facelifts Go Wrong: Stanford Expert Counsels Plastic Surgeons on Dealing With Unhappy Patient


Dedication of the Rodney C. Perkins Microsurgical Laboratory:
The Surgeon as Educator, Innovator, and Entrepreneur

Department of Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery
Stanford University

Friday, May 9th, 2008
5:00 – 8:00 pm

5:00 – 5:10
Nikolas H. Blevins, MD

5:10 – 5:30      
Building the Future through Biotechnology
The Influence of Rodney C. Perkins, MD (video presentation)
Robert K. Jackler, MD

5:30 – 5:50      
New Ears by Design
Richard L. Goode, MD

5:50 – 6:00      
A Roadmap to Innovation
The Stanford Biodesign Program
Video Presentation, Thomas Krummel, MD

6:00 – 7:00      
Perspectives on Surgical Innovation
and Neuromonitoring

Jack M. Kartush, MD

7:00 -              
Reception and Lab Tour
Department of Otolaryngology/ HNS
The Dean's Newsletter:
January 14, 2008

Philip A. Pizzo, M.D.
Dean, Stanford University School of Medicine

Update on the Department of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery

At the January 4th Executive Committee Dr. Rob Jackler, Edward C and Amy H Sewall Professor, gave an update on the progress he has made since becoming Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS) that was established just over four years ago. Since then the department has grown to become a premier program with strengths in clinical specialties, education and research.

As noted by Dr. Jackler, OHNS has grown from 6 to 20 faculty members during the past 4 years (and is on the way to being 24 faculty over the next 2-3 years). These include six new clinical division chiefs: Dr Peter Koltai (Pediatric OHNS), Dr Michael Kaplan (Head & Neck Oncology), Dr Peter Hwang (Rhinology and Sinus Surgery), Dr Sam Most (Facial Plastic Surgery), Dr Edward Damrose (Laryngology), and Dr Gerald Popelka (Audiology & Hearing Devices). The department is in the midst of recruiting a cadre of young surgeon -- investigators charged with the purpose of building strong ties between the clinical world and our basic science and engineering communities.

During this time the OHNS residency has grown from 3 to 4 residents per year for a total of 20 residents over the five years of training. The department now offers seven post residency fellowship/clinical instructorship programs, more than virtually any OHNS program, including: facial plastic surgery, head & neck surgery, pediatric OHNS, neurotology & skull base surgery, sinus surgery, sleep surgery, and laryngology. These programs not only provide advanced training for promising young academicians, but because most of the trainees are also junior faculty members, they enhance the residency educational experience as well.

The research programs in ONHS have also been highly successful. The priority of the department's laboratory programs is to produce high quality, innovative research in areas of inquiry relevant to human disease. Two central themes are being developed: Regenerative medicine and Bioengineering. Under the leadership of research director Dr Stefan Heller a team of investigators has been assembled to explore the prospect of overcoming deafness through use of stem cells to regenerate the organ of Corti. In collaboration with Drs. Irv Weissman and Mike Clarke, efforts are also underway to identify stem cells in squamous cell carcinoma of the head & neck.  In the area of bioengineering-related research efforts are underway to integration of the human ear and voice with digital devices, study mechanics of sound transmission through the tympano-ossicular systems, and development of surgical simulation models using 3D -- haptic enhanced simulators, microendoscopy of the inner ear, and high speed laryngeal imaging.

Stanford OHNS has come a long way in becoming an independent department just four years ago. Among the major accomplishments are the tripling of the faculty with recruitment of a number of highly talented individuals; abandoning long antiquated facilities for new ones triple their size; sizable expansion of both residency and fellowship programs; and development of dynamic, cutting edge research programs.  It is important to note that Dr. Tom Krummel was instrumental in the future success of OHNS through his willingness to have the division of Otolaryngology, previously part of the department of Surgery, become an independent department. This was an act of institutional generosity that deserves our appreciation.

Of course I also want to commend Dr. Rob Jackler for his visionary leadership. He has forged significant and meaningful collaborations with colleagues in basic and clinical science and has worked diligently with his colleagues -- both those who were part of the original division as well as those who have been recruited to the department -- to lead and develop a terrific clinical department. 

Read the rest of the Dean's newsletter

January 10, 2008
Robert K. Jackler MD: Lecture: " Not a Cough in a Carload: The Tobacco Industry’s Campaign to Hide the Hazards of Smoking" click here for more info




May 30, 2007
Stanford’s New Allergy Clinic Treating Seasonal Sufferers, Complex Cases


Wrinkle Creams Put to the Test
Dr. Most has now moved to Stanford University, where he finally conducted that scientific study, asking 42 women to try either Freeze 24/7 pricetag:$125; LiftFusion at $140 or Nutraderm Therapeutic Lotion, a bargain at $12.

July 7, 2007
Pickin' up good vibrations:
Research into elephants' hearing may have implications for the deaf

The huge bull elephant nicknamed "Marlon Brando" loped over to the water hole, big ears flapping in the breeze. Soon he and four massive bull underlings indulged in a spirited bath that darkened their gray girth.Pickin' up good vibrations

Stanford School of Medicine
Special Topics: Caller ID in the wild: African elephants communicate by ground vibration, Stanford researcher finds

In the vast expanse of African grasslands, wild herds of migrating elephants have learned to communicate with each other by listening with their feet to vibrations in the ground. Now a Stanford University School of Medicine researcher has found their seismic communication system is so sophisticated the elephants have their own version of “caller ID.”
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Los Angeles Times (latimes.com)
Elephants' big feet the better to hear with
The animals respond to sound waves traveling through the ground from familiar sources, apparently processing the vibrations in the brain like airborne noises.
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Stanford researchers get $17 million in latest round of CIRM grants
STANFORD, Calif. —Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine were awarded six grants worth more than $15 million on March 16 from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the agency created to fund embryonic stem cell research. With the addition of embryonic stem cell researcher Renee Rejo Pera, PhD, who will move to Stanford from UC-San Francisco in April, it brings Stanford’s total to seven grants totaling more than $17 million.
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Got Light?

Vintage cigarette ad exhibit focuses on industry manipulation
The kindly looking doctor in a white lab coat holds up a package of Lucky Strike cigarettes, gazing at them fondly.

"20,679 Physicians say 'Luckies are less irritating.' Your Throat Protection against irritation, against cough," the colorful ad proclaims.

Dr. Robert Jackler, professor and chair of otolaryngology at Stanford, was struck by the ad's audacious misuse of the physician's iconic image of authority. He purchased the 1940s-era image at a Marin County flea market several years ago, never realizing it would birth an exhibit.
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Tech Could End Deafness
If you're worried your iPod will wipe out your hearing, here's some good news: Scientists are developing ways to repair ailing ears and stem cells and electrical pulses.
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Stem Cell Transplants Explored at Stanford as Possible Treatment for Hearing Loss
Stefan Hellers dream is to someday find a cure for deafness. As a leader in stem cell-based research on the inner ear at the Stanford University School of Medicine, hes got a step-by-step plan for making this dream a reality.
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Hey doc, got a light? Library exhibit features cigarette ads
Robert Jackler, MD, professor and chair of otolaryngology, gestured toward the glossy cigarette ad. In the 1940s image, smoke spiraled upward from a casually held cigarette past a black microscope. A doctor's white lab coat was barely visible in the corner of the page, adorning the smoker leaning towards the microscope lenses. "Always Buy Chesterfields," the advertisement read.
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"Not a Cough in a Carload"
Images from the Tobacco Industry's Campaign to Hide the Hazards of Smoking
Lane Library is hosting an exhibition of these provocative early images through May. The exhibit is the product of the interdisciplinary collaboration of Robert Jackler, Professor and Chair of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and Professor of Neurosurgery and Surgery, Laurie Jackler, Artist, and Robert Proctor, Professor of History.
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At U-M, Stanford researchers report first evidence of cancer stem cells in head and neck tumors
Cancer stem cells are the small number of cancer cells that replicate to drive tumor growth. Researchers believe current cancer treatments sometimes fail because they are not attacking the cancer stem cells. By identifying the stem cells, researchers can then develop drugs to target and kill these cells
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