This special "Mouse models for hearing research" issue of Brain Research is a collection of reviews and research articles that are based on talks, tutorials, posters, and workshops presented at The Mouse as an Instrument for Ear Research II meeting, which took place October 1-4, 2005, at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. This meeting, which convenes on alternate years, is designed to foster interactions between established investigators and students new to the field regarding the use of new and developing technologies for studying the ear of the mouse, including auditory and vestibular genetics, physiology, pharmacology, development, and anatomy. The workshop brings together world-renowned experts in the development and characterization of mouse models for the study of hearing and balance and their related disorders. The overall objectives of the meeting are to provide non-mouse researchers an introduction to the mouse through tutorials and hands-on workshops, to provide state-of-the-art information to experienced investigators through research talks on new developments and special topics of interest, and to provide new investigators with an opportunity to communicate their research findings through podium and poster presentations.
St. Jude Childen's Hospital, Department of Developmental Neurobiology, Memphis, TN 38105, USA