Dr. med. vet. Verena Scheper


Picture Verena Scheper

Head of Research Group Pharmacology of the Inner Ear


Verena Scheper

Medizinische Hochschule Hannover

Klinik für Hals-Nasen-Ohrenheilkunde

Stadtfelddamm 35

30625 Hannover

0049 (0) 511 532 4369


Links: ResearchGate; DFG; HNO - für Wissenschaftler

My research focus is on optimizing the hearing outcome of patients. My treatment strategies are pharmacologically based and focus either on hearing preservation before trauma insult will damage the hearing or on therapeutic approaches in already traumatized ears.

Since two years I am now focussed on additive manufacturing. We use this technique to design research tools to optimize our preclinical tool box (Abdoul et al., 2021) and we additionally print individualized drug delivering implants for ENT (ear, nose, and throat) applications. Next to the relevant imaging and reconstruction (see publications for details) we established the 3D printing of drug releasing biomaterilas and are already testing the implantability of 3D printed individualized Frontal Neo-Ostium Implants in a proof of concept study (Gao et al., 2021) and used a 3D printed patient specific artificial outer ear model for auricle reconstruction surgery Matin et al., 2021).

We investigated the effect of dexamethasone application on peri-implant fibrosis and residual hearing using various delivery methods. We were the first to proof a correlation between impedance increase after CI-surgery and connective tissue growth. And we were able to show that DEX relesased from the CI is decreasing the fibrosis (Wilk et al., 2016). When delivering DEX in chronically electrically stimulated animals we did show a synnergistical effect of both treatments in regard to spiral ganglion neuron preservation (Scheper et al., 2017). Recently we investigated the biocompatibility and bio-efficacy of different dexamethasone formulations Gao et al., 2021) and started using hydrogels as a CI-coating aiming to release dexamethasone (Peck et al., 2021).

Within my first years as Post-doc I was focused on nanoparticle based local drug delivery to the inner ear. In detail, lipidic nanocapsules, hyperbranched polylysines, micells, hydrogel and silica based particles were used to target inner ear cells and deliver growth factors or small molecules (BDNF, Rolipram, Dexamethasone) (Scheper et al., 2009, Meyer et al., 2012).

During my doctoral thesis I was working on optimizing the cochlear implant outcome in experimentally deafened guinea pigs using growth factors, the glucocorticoid dexamethasone and/or chronic electrical stimulation. Here the drugs were applied using a pump based system (Scheper et al., 2009). Additionally I worked on a locally deafened rat model and cell culture of primary auditory neurons (Wefstaedt et al., 2005).

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