Disorders of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck affect the health and quality of life of millions of people worldwide. For some, the burden is a temporary or chronic annoyance; for others, it is severe or life-threatening.

The University of Minnesota is committed to researching the causes, prevention and treatment of these disorders so they can lead to better patient care in otolaryngology and related areas of medicine. Our faculty focus on four types of research:

  • Basic scientific research is important to better understand the structure and function of the body.
  • Clinical trials allow us to test disease prevention and control.
  • Translational research provides exchange between basic science observations and clinical initiatives.
  • Clinical epidemiology and outcomes research to understand treatment effectiveness

Our active research program allows us to offer patients the most recent clinical advances and has played a large role in making us a top choice for ear, nose and throat care.

The Future of Otolaryngology

The University of Minnesota Department of Otolaryngology is working to develop new and innovative approaches to the prevention and treatment of a full range of conditions. These range from common problems such as sinusitis and allergy inflammation, to hearing loss and cancers of the head and neck. From improving the accuracy of audiology tests to tinnitus reduction strategies, researchers are constantly working to improve quality of life.

Commitment to Research Ethics

We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work.