Meet Debara Tucci, Incoming Director of NIDCD

The recently appointed director of NIDCD brings an extensive research background in hearing loss, ear disease, and cochlear implantation—and an enthusiasm for addressing barriers to hearing health care. Interview by Jillian Kornak The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently named Debara L. Tucci the next director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), replacing acting director Judith Cooper. Tucci will leave her position as professor of surgery in the Division of Head and Neck Surgery &Communication Sciences at Duke University Medical Center, where she has served on the faculty since 1993. The Leader spoke with Tucci about her career and research passions as she prepares to begin her new role in September. Dr. Debara Tucci, MD, MBA, MS You began your career as an audiologist. What was it about this field that first attracted you? I initially was interested in speech-language pathology. I went to the University of Virginia and enrolled in its undergraduate speech-language pathology program and was required to take audiology courses as well. I developed a strong interest in audiology and switched to that major. It was fascinating to me to learn about hearing, the anatomy of the inner ear, and the physics of sound. What drew you to study cochlear implantation and how has this technology evolved since your career began? It came out of a normal outgrowth of my interest in hearing. I graduated from medical school in 1985, and...
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Conclusions and implicationsThe predictive patterns of phonological awareness on reading fluency are complex and depend on many factors, while vocabulary knowledge is an important and consistent predictor for both deaf and hearing children.
Source: Research in Developmental Disabilities - Category: Disability Source Type: research
This study examined the relationship of living environment (urban vs. suburban vs. small-town/rural) to social anxiety (SA) in a sample of 902 TGNC individuals who participated in the Trans Health Survey. Analysis of variance revealed a significant difference in SA across living environments. Those living in small-town/rural environments reported significantly higher levels of SA compared to those living in urban environments. There was a trend-level difference in SA in suburban compared to urban environments. Linear regression analyses revealed that living environment significantly moderated the relationship between socia...
Source: Journal of Anxiety Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 20 July 2019Source: Neuroscience &Biobehavioral ReviewsAuthor(s): Lily R. Aleksandrova, Yu Tian Wang, Anthony G. PhillipsAbstractIn order to expand the prospects of developing novel antidepressants for treatment-resistant populations, animal models should incorporate not only various stress-induced behavioural, neurochemical and endocrine parallels to major depressive disorder (MDD), but also aspects of heightened stress susceptibility and resistance to conventional drugs. This review focuses on the available literature supporting the Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rat as a model of endogenous st...
Source: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
Conclusion: Our findings might indicate that the comorbidity of SeAD with SAD may increase the risk of the severity of AvPD and current depression. PMID: 31322453 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Nord J Psychiatry Source Type: research
Publication date: 4th Quarter 2019Source: Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Volume 49Author(s): Janelle J. Montroy, Emily C. Merz, Jeffrey M. Williams, Susan H. Landry, Ursula Y. Johnson, Tricia A. Zucker, Michael Assel, Heather B. Taylor, Christopher J. Lonigan, Beth M. Phillips, Jeanine Clancy-Menchetti, Marcia A. Barnes, Nancy Eisenberg, Tracy Spinrad, Carlos Valiente, Jill de Villiers, Peter de Villiers, the School Readiness Research ConsortiumAbstractThe structure of executive function (EF), as it pertains to distinct “hot” (affectively salient) and “cool” (affectively neutral) dimensions, in...
Source: Early Childhood Research Quarterly - Category: Child Development Source Type: research
This study investigated the prevalence of depression and explored fatigue, QOL, and pain that is associated with depression in patients on first admission to a hematologic oncology unit. METHODS: This descriptive study measured depression, QOL, and fatigue with the Patient Health Questionnaire-9, the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy (FACT)-General, and the FACT-Anemia scale, respectively. Pain levels were examined with a numeric rating scale. FINDINGS: 58 patients participated; 17 reported moderate to severe depression, which highly correlated with fatigue, QOL, and pain. Among all factors, multivariate an...
Source: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Clin J Oncol Nurs Source Type: research
Publication date: 15 October 2019Source: Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Volume 805Author(s): Subhranu Samanta, Xiao Gong, Panpan Zhang, Kaizhen Han, Xuanyao FongAbstractStep bias (VSTEP) modulated bipolar resistive switching (BRS) and neuromorphic characteristics are observed at very low current level (sub-μA) in a novel Ni/SiOx/W 2 × 2 μm2 cross-point resistive random access memory (RRAM) structure. Device microstructure and thickness of the switching dielectric layer are exposed by TEM/HRTEM images. Elemental composition of Ni/SiOx/W structure and switching matrix (SiOx) are confirmed by EDS and XPS a...
Source: Journal of Alloys and Compounds - Category: Chemistry Source Type: research
This article focuses on the common diabetes related infections in the Head and Neck region of the body. Some of the life threatening infections like malignant otitis externa and rhino-cerebral mucormycosis affect this region of body. PMID: 31321937 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Assoc Physicians India Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: To determine short- and long-term oncologic outcomes after minimally invasive distal pancreatectomy (MIDP) with open distal pancreatectomy (ODP) for the treatment of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (pNET). METHODS: The data of the patients who underwent curative MIDP or ODP for pNET between 2000 and 2016 were collected from a multi-institutional database. Propensity score matching (PSM) was used to generate 1:1 matched patients with MIDP and ODP. RESULTS: A total of 576 patients undergoing curative DP for pNET were included. Two hundred and fourteen (37.2%) patients underwent MIDP, w...
Source: Ann Oncol - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: J Surg Oncol Source Type: research
Authors: Mabry LM, Notestine JP, Moore JH, Bleakley CM, Taylor JB Abstract INTRODUCTION: The general practitioner shortage in the United States coupled with a growing number of Americans living with disability has fueled speculation of non-physician providers assuming a greater role in musculoskeletal healthcare. Previous physician shortages have been similarly addressed, and expanding physical therapy (PT) scope of practice may best serve to fill this need. Resistance to expanding PT practice focuses on patient safety as PTs assume the roles traditionally performed by primary care providers. While studies have sho...
Source: Military Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Mil Med Source Type: research
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