In honor of Prof. A. Lysakowski
In honor of Prof. A. Lysakowski
The Barany Society Satellite Symposium will be a tribute to Professor Anna Lysakowski. The Satellite Symposium will show several aspects of basic and translational vestibular research. including peripheral and central vestibular anatomy and physiology, molecular genetics and system medicine.
Anna Lysakowski is a Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a primary appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and secondary affiliations with the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the undergraduate Honors College. For her doctorate, Dr. Lysakowski studied the primate pulvinar with L.A. Benevento. For her postdoctoral research, she joined the laboratory of Jay M. Goldberg and entered the field of vestibular research.
Dr. Lysakowski is renowned for pioneering observations made with light and electron morphology on the remarkable structural and functional organization of hair cells, afferent and efferent nerve terminals, and synaptic connections in the vertebrate vestibular inner ear. She has published more than 60 articles and book chapters and given over 80 national and international invited lectures. Her work is acknowledged for its beauty, rigor, and focus on key functional questions surrounding the nature of afferent and efferent transmission and the generation of neural impulses, particularly involving the unique vestibular calyx terminal on type I hair cells. She is also investigating the functional ultrastructure of hair cell organelles, including mitochondria and the striated organelle.
Dr. Lysakowski is a highly valued collaborator and teacher. Long-standing collaborations include studies with Jay M. Goldberg and Ruth Anne Eatock and J. Christopher Holt on afferent and efferent innervation of the vestibular inner ear. Other notable collaborations include NASA-funded research with David Dickman on the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 2011, and experiments led by Huda Zoghbi showing the importance of Atoh1 as a necessary and sufficient transcription factor for hair cell differentiation (1999). Recently, Dr. Lysakowski has collaborated with Jose Antonio Lopez-Escamez and Teresa Requena on the inner ear localization of proteins implicated in familial Ménière’s Disease. In the course of these studies, Dr. Lysakowski has supervised the research of numerous trainees (students and postdocs). She has taught neuroanatomy and gross anatomy to countless medical students. She is a key faculty participant in the Biology of the Inner Ear advanced methods course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, USA.
Dr. Lysakowski’s scholarly contributions were recognized in her election in 2012 as a Fellow of the American Association of Anatomy (FAAA). In 2013, she was awarded a US-UK Fulbright Visiting Scholarship in 3D Biomedical Visualization with the Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow University: she worked on an anatomical program recently selected as the digital companion to the British edition of Gray’s Anatomy.
Dr. Lysakowski has given generously of her time to the scientific community. She has been a regular member of grant review panels for hearing and vestibular research for NIH, NASA and NSF (U.S.), as well as for the DAAD (Germany). Her contributions include service on the Boards of Directors of the American Association of Anatomy and the American Hearing Research Foundation, and multiple responsibilities for the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. She has also been involved for many years in the leadership of the Chicago chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, including as President from 2017-19.