The Department of Allied Health Sciences (DAHS) has named John Grose as its associate chair for research and scholarship, which leads research across seven disciplines and several units in the health care spectrum. Grose, a professor in both the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) and in the DAHS Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, began this role January 1, 2020.
The Office of Research and Scholarship is a critical component of the DAHS as it lays the foundation for research training, grant development, and grant execution for its faculty and students. Grose will oversee all research activities of the department and facilitate extramural grant activities for faculty.
“My strategy at the moment is to take the research and discovery component of the department’s strategic plan and use that as a guidepost,” Grose said. “It has an emphasis on mentorship and increasing collaborations, and I view that as a cultural development at the University and within our department.”
During his more than 30-year career with the University, Grose has become a well-established scholar, researcher, and independent scientist. Together with colleague Emily Buss, he co-directs the Hearing Research Laboratory within OHNS.
Currently, Grose is co-investigator on a project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense titled “Measurements of cochlear synaptopathy using electrocochleography,” alongside principal investigator (PI) Doug Fitzpatrick.
Grose has previously served as PI on several long-running projects. He has examined complex sound processing in normal and impaired auditory systems in a project funded by the National Institutes of Health. He has also previously served as PI on a project funded by the Fogerty International Center designed to establish a line of collaborative work with a laboratory at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE) in Recife, Brazil. Finally, he has served as a PI on a project funded by the Hearing Industry Research Consortium, which investigated hidden hearing loss associated with loud music exposure. With a background in audiology, Grose maintains a strong interest in translational aspects of research.
Grose said he is looking forward to interfacing with the broader research community, particularly at a university where there is a strong research culture and emphasis on interdisciplinary work.
“Part of my role will be to try and benefit from the strategic plans that are going into place at the Department of Allied Health Sciences, the UNC School of Medicine, and the University and to align with those initiatives,” Grose said.
Grose said he hopes to ensure that junior faculty and students know about research resources that are available to them.
“My own career benefitted enormously from having strong mentorship, so I realize the value of that and hope to pass that along,” Grose said. “This is a big department with a lot of potential. I hope that my role in the office is to encourage that potential so it will grow and blossom.”
Stephen Hooper, DAHS associate dean of medicine and chair, said he is looking forward to the transition and to working with Grose.
“I have every confidence that Dr. Grose will continue to develop our research activities in the department,” Hooper said. “Research is a major cornerstone of our larger department mission, and I am extremely excited about Dr. Grose moving into his new role. He is the right person, at right time, with the right mindset in the development of this departmental office. His vision is very much in concert with our recently developed strategic plan.”
John Grose, PhD, specializes clinically in psychoacoustics. Stephen Hooper, PhD, has served as associate dean and chair since 2013.
About the OORS: The DAHS Office of Research and Scholarship generates knowledge, prepares scientists, and builds evidence-based interventions for health, well-being and social participation.