Bernd Fritzsch, Director

Bernd Fritzsch ,

Director, Center on Aging
Director, Aging Mind and Brain Initiative
Professor and Chair, Department of Biology
Department of Biology

Bernd Fritzsch, Ph.D., is the Director of the Aging Mind and Brain Initiative. He is Professor in the Department of Biology, holds an Endowed Entrepreneurial Professor title and is a Fellow of the AAAS. He holds secondary appointments in the Department of Otolaryngology, is a member of the DELTA center and is core co-director of the recently awarded P30 in auditory research. He received his PhD from the University of Darmstadt, was awarded the prestigious Heisenberg Fellowship and has published over 250 papers and reviews. Prior to becoming the Chair in the Department of Biology he served as Assistant Dean for Research in the College of Medicine at Creighton University. He is on the editorial board of three journals, serves currently on an NIH study section, has been ad hoc reviewer for multiple journals and funding agencies across the globe and has organized multiple national and international meetings some resulting in either a book or special journal volume publications. His research focuses on the early development of the inner ears neurosensory system that is prone to be lost with age, isolating seniors from their normal social interactions. While cochlear implants serve as remarkably functional substitutes, a cure would require regeneration of the hearing organ. To this end he is manipulating gene cascades during mouse development to assess their possible use for the reconstitution of a normal hearing organ in the elderly.

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COA Director Fritzsch to present upcoming seminar

Dr. Bernd Fritzsch, Director of the UI Center on Aging and the Aging Mind and Brain Initiative will present a lecture entitled, "Molecular Basis of Auditory System Evolution and Development," on Monday, March 19, 2018, in the Kollros Auditorium (Room 101) in the Biology Building East (BBE) on...

Fritzsch named Collegiate Fellow

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has named Professor of Biology Bernd Fritzsch as Collegiate Fellow, the college’s highest faculty honor, in recognition of his distinguished research, teaching, and service. Fritzsch will serve a renewable five-year appointment...