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The 9th Annual Arnold Starr Lecture and Exhibition

The annual Arnold Starr Lecture was established in 2010 to honor the founding chair of the UCI Department of Neurology. In 1977, Dr. Starr became the first department chair, helping it grow and gain national and international recognition for its clinical and research achievements. Please join the UCI School of Medicine and the local hearing community for a beautiful exhibition and educational lecture exploring the history of auditory neuropathy and the latest research. View the invitation.

Exhibition – Auditory Memories

Dates: Nov.19 to Dec. 12, 2019, 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.*
Location: Viewpoint Gallery, UCI Student Center, 311 W. Peltason Drive, Irvine, CA 92697
Admission: Free (No RSVP Required)
*Please note, the exhibition will be closed from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 for a special event.

Reception and Lecture – Mechanisms of Auditory Neuropathy

Date: Nov. 20, 2019, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Crystal Cove Auditorium, UCI Student Center
Admission: Free
Please register by Nov. 18

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Arnold Starr Endowment Dinner

Date: Nov. 20, 2019, 7:00 pm. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Viewpoint Gallery, UCI Student Center
Admission: $100 for single; $150 for couple

Dinner registration is now closed.

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Maoli Duan, MD, PhD
Dr. Maoli Duan is a global collaborator and speaker, whose research focuses on stem cell/gene therapy, noise and drug-induced hearing loss and their protection and treatment. His clinical work focuses on sudden deafness, sensori-neural hearing loss, auditory neuropathy, vestibular disorders, and earlier intervention and diagnosis of infant and child hearing loss. He was published in more than 70 articles in international journals such as Neurology and PNAS.

Tahseen Mozaffar, MD
Interim Chair, Department of Neurology
Director, Neuromuscular Program 


Arnold Starr, MD
Emeritus Professor, Neurology Founding Chair,
Department of Neurology

Fan-Gang Zeng, PhD
University of California, Irvine – Professor, Otolaryngology
Director, Center for Hearing Research

Lecture Schedule

5 p.m. — Reception, Viewpoint Gallery

Wine & cheese amongst the artworks.

5:45 p.m. — Welcome and introductions

Tahseen Mozaffar, MD, Interim Chair and Professor of Neurology will welcome guests

5:50 p.m. — “The Father of Auditory Neuropathy” Video

Arnold Starr, MD, and Fan-Gang Zeng, PhD, will introduce guest speaker Dr. Maoli Duan

6 p.m. — Lecture: Mechanisms of Auditory Neuropathy

Distinguished guest speaker Dr. Maoli Duan explores the history, mechanisms, and recent findings in genetic rehabilitation and treatment of auditory neuropathy.

7 p.m. — Arnold Starr Endowment Dinner, Viewpoint Gallery 

A lively dinner with artists and friends of Neurology in the exhibition gallery.

For information, contact or 714-509-2105