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HCE Collaborative Research Network

In order to achieve its mission, the Hearing Center of Excellence has established and maintains a collaborative research network composed of:

  • Strategically aligned research laboratories
  • Medical treatment facilities
  • Nonprofit and foundation counterparts
  • Industry and academic partners
  • International bodies, and
  • Other government Centers of Excellence

Known as the “Collaborative Auditory & Vestibular Research Network (CAVRN)”, the HCE brings together researchers with auditory research focus as a forum to discuss current research efforts across the DoD and VA enterprises, providing unique opportunities for collaboration.

The CAVRN aims to foster knowledge sharing and facilitate greater communication, coordination, awareness, and transparency between community members. The CAVRN promotes collaboration, translation, and best practices that influence auditory-vestibular readiness, care, and quality of life for warfighters and Veterans.

Meeting annually, the CAVRN brings members from the DoD and VA auditory and vestibular sciences community together in person to discuss mutual areas of research with the goal of familiarizing participants with resources, to include researcher expertise, facilities, and equipment across the enterprise. 

Together, this growing research network works to advance the community’s understanding, spur innovation, encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, and overcome system barriers that may otherwise challenge research.

For more information on the CAVRN or its working groups, please browse the sub-pages herein or contact the HCE.

CAVRN Meetings-To-Date

January 2012: Portland, Oregon at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), hosted by the National Center for Research in Auditory Rehabilitation (NCRAR).

September 2012: Dayton, Ohio at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing/Human Effectiveness Directorate, Warfighter Interface Division, Battlespace Acoustics Branch.

March 2014: Aberdeen, MD at the Army Research Laboratory on post at the Aberdeen Proving Ground as well as the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICOE) at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

March 2015: at the Navy Medical Center San Diego and Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, California.

May 2016: at the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory located in Ft. Rucker, Alabama.

June 2017: at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

April 2018:  at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio

June 2019: at MIT/Lincoln Laboratories, Lexington, Massachusetts and Mass Eye and Ear Institute, Boston, Massachusetts


CAVRN Newsletters

Fall 2016 Newsletters


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