Rhinology and Skull Base and Sleep Surgery Research

Rhinology, Skull Base, and Sleep Surgery Research

Vanderbilt Rhinology, Skull Base, and Sleep Surgery participates in a variety of basic science, clinical and translational research including:

  • Exploring novel nerve stimulation to create the next generation of airway stimulators.
  • Examining trends and outcomes in patients with sinus inflammatory disease and tumors.
  • Biochemical analysis of sinus mucus and tissue specimens to tailor patient treatment.

The Vanderbilt Sinonasal Diseases Research Lab, directed by Justin Turner, MD, PhD,  performs basic and translational research into chronic inflammatory airway diseases such as chronic rhinosinusitis, allergic rhinitis, and asthma, and investigates basic mechanisms of olfactory loss in humans. Dr. Turner has recently been awarded more than $4 million in NIH funding. Members of the lab include faculty members in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery, residents, medical and undergraduate students, and clinical research coordinators.

Rhinology, Skull Base, and Sleep Surgery Clinical Trials

Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery participates in clinical trials for many of our sub-specialties, including Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery. A searchable list of active studies can be found at Vanderbilt Find a Clinical Trial.

Research in the News

Risk marker for repeat sinus surgery (VUMC Reporter Aug 11, 2020)

Endoscopic sinus surgery is a frequent treatment for patients with chronic rhinosinusitis — long-term inflammation of the spaces inside the nose and head — that does not respond to medical therapies. However, up to 20% of patients are at risk for repeat revision surgery. To continue reading...

Five things to know about smell and taste loss in COVID-19 (Vanderbilt Coronavirus web-site for employees and patients)

While fever, cough and shortness of breath have characterized the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its list of common symptoms in late April to include a new loss of smell or taste. To continue reading...

Study of mucus may help guide sinusitis treatment (VUMC Reporter Mar 29, 2018)

A patient’s mucus may predict the type of his or her chronic sinusitis, which could help doctors determine whether surgery or medical treatments can produce the best outcomes, according to a recently published Vanderbilt study. To continue reading...

Selected Publications

These publications are about our doctors (Vanderbilt publications) or by our doctors (Peer-Reviewed Articles) from the last 2 years. 

Vanderbilt Publications

  • Study tracks smell, taste loss associated with COVID (VUMC Reporter September 23, 2021) 
    Smell and taste loss (hyposmia) was one of the first recognized symptoms that indicated a person may have COVID-19. Eighteen months later, hyposmia is still a prominent symptom of the disease, with many patients not regaining full use of their senses for weeks or even months after recovering from infection. Continue Reading...

  • Risk marker for repeat sinus surgery (VUMC Reporter August 11, 2021)
    Endoscopic sinus surgery is a frequent treatment for patients with chronic rhinosinusitis — long-term inflammation of the spaces inside the nose and head — that does not respond to medical therapies. However, up to 20% of patients are at risk for repeat revision surgery. Continue Reading...

Peer-Reviewed Articles

(bolded names held primary faculty appointments in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the time of publication)