DR. Dietrich W. F. SCHWARZ
Research Overview (from former web page):
laboratories in the Rotary Hearing Center in
Vancouver Hospital and Health Science Center, UBC
site, have a focus on neural mechanisms for sound
coding. Of special interest are the contributions
of intrinsic membrane properties and synaptic
mechanisms to the generation of central sensory
signals. Methods include patch clamp, intra- and
extra-cellular recording from isolated neurons,
brain stem slices and intact animals. We are
interested in the decoding of sound in the
time/frequency domain, for example, during musical
pitch perception in plastic adaptation of
directional hearing. Most studies involve basic
bench science, although clinical work in connection
with cochlear implants and binaural hearing aids is
pursued as well.
We also maintain
an interest in neuronal properties responsible for
the plasticity in the vestibulo-ocular reflex.
Generally, our in vitro studies are designed to
illuminate functions of the whole organism.
Work is done in
five laboratories equipped for neurophysiological
and neuroanatomical techniques. Desk space and
financial support for selected students may be
available. Research training in the Center prepares
the student for careers in the Neurosciences both
in an academic setting and in the Clinic. Like most
laboratories, we are fully integrated in the
Clinician Scientist Training Program, UBC.
information can be found at the (former) Schwarz Lab web page.
Pijil S, Schwarz
DWF (1995). Melody recognition and musical interval
perception by deaf subjects stimulated with
electrical pulse trains through single cochlear
implant electrodes. J Acoust Soc Am 98:886.
Schwarz DWF (1995). Connections of the superior
olive in the chicken. J Otolaryng 24:20.
Javer A, Schwarz
DWF (1995). Plasticity in human directional
J Otolaryng 24:111.
Tomlinson RD (1994). Physiology of the vestibular
In: "Neurotology" (RK Jackler, DE
Brackmann, Eds.), pg 59, Mosby.
Schwarz DWF, Puil E (1994). Mode of firing and
rectifying properties of nucleus ovoidalis neurons
in the avian auditory thalamus.
Schwarz DWF, Puil E (1994). Subthreshold frequency
selectivity in avian auditory thalamus. J
Schwarz DWF (1988). Perception of the missing
fundamental in non-human primates. J Acoust Soc Am