UCSF OHNS's Dr. Charles Limb Recognized by the NIH

July 15, 2022

This spring, Charles Limb, MD, professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF OHNS), was recognized as the 2022 Distinguished Clinical Research Scholar and Educator in Research (DCRSER) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

As this year's honoree, Dr. Limb gave the "Great Teachers Lecture," a special session of the weekly Clinical Center Grand Rounds program on the topic of "Music for Deaf Ears: Cochlear Implant-Mediated Perception of Music." This is a topic Dr. Limb cares about very much as both director of the Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center in San Francisco and the medical director of Cochlear Implantation at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland.

During his lecture, Dr. Limb explored why cochlear implant users often have trouble enjoying music and how researchers might address it. The lecture is archived and available for viewing online on NIH Videocast. There is also a recap available of the lecture in the July 2022 issue of the NIH Record.

According to the NIH, the Great Teachers lectures allow speakers to address a topic they are passionate about while informing and inspiring principal investigators, staff clinicians, clinical researchers and research trainees. As both a musician and scientist, Dr. Limb has conducted pioneering research using neuroimaging, and he has investigated the neural basis of musical creativity and has studied music perception in deaf individuals with cochlear implants.