The Molecular Biology of Hearing and Deafness Conference is postponed to May 18-21, 2021


We are saddened to announce that the May 19 – 22, 2020 MBHD Conference in Iowa City, Iowa has been postponed.  This decision was supported by the MBHD Local and National Organizing Committees and the MBHD International Advisory Committee.  As our communities prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, it has become increasingly apparent that the meeting cannot proceed in a manner consistent with what participants have come to expect, a factor influenced by international and institutional travel restrictions as well as concerns about the advisability of gathering us all together.  In the coming weeks, we will announce updates regarding plans for rescheduling this meeting in Iowa City for May 18-21 of 2021.


The University of Iowa Center for Conferences will issue a full refund of your registration fees. The refund will be issued to the same credit card with which you paid. After your refund is processed, it may take 3 – 5 business days for it to post on your credit card statement. If you have any questions regarding processing or receipt of your refund, please contact the Center for Conferences, 319-335-4141,   If you reserved your hotel accommodations through the MBHD hotel room block at the Graduate Hotel, your rooms will be automatically cancelled. You will receive a cancellation e-mail from the hotel. If you booked a reservation with a different hotel, you will need to cancel on your own. Please refer to your respective airline, travel agency, or institutional travel office for policies regarding refund of travel arrangements that have already been made.


And of course, we will look forward to welcoming you to Iowa City for MBHD2021.


Best wishes

The organizing committee



The University of Iowa is pleased to host the Molecular Biology of Hearing and Deafness, a conference series that has been held successfully since 1992. 

The goals of this conference are to:

  • Promote research in the emerging areas of molecular biology in the field of auditory sciences;
  • Highlight progress and anticipate new growth areas in the molecular biology of hearing and deafness by inviting select scientists doing cutting-edge research to present keynote lectures;
  • Encourage engagement by trainees and young scientists by soliciting oral and poster presentations related to the auditory system and offering opportunities to meet and interact with senior investigators through a speed-dating event;
  • Facilitate interaction and collaboration between laboratories engaged in molecular auditory research, as well as between basic scientists, translational scientists and clinicians with related interests in the molecular biology and molecular genetics of deafness through multiple interactive panels and social events linked to poster presentations;
  • Foster translational research that can lead to novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for the treatment of hearing disorders;
  • Enable trainees and scientists from under-represented groups to attend and foster interest in careers in the molecular biology of hearing and deafness;
  • Provide outreach to patients and patient advocacy groups for education in the genetics of deafness and hearing research.

MBHD2020 Flyer

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