The Richness of Human Experience
When he was 14 months old, Peter Steyger, PhD, contracted bacterial meningitis.
Physicians in his native Manchester, United Kingdom, managed to save his life through a course of aminoglycoside antibiotics, but a side-effect of those drugs robbed him of his hearing.
Some 50 years later, Steyger, with a doctorate in neuroscience and hundreds of publications on ototoxicity and cochlear anatomy, has dedicated his life and career to preventing a similar fate for other children. In May, Steyger will officially join Creighton University as director of the School of Medicine’s Translational Hearing Center in a move that he says is “a dream scenario that will help me fulfill my life’s goals.”
“The vision here at Creighton to do the pre-clinical, otoprotective work and the collaborative environment here is absolutely phenomenal and central to translational medicine,” said Steyger, who will come to Creighton officially at the end of May after more than two decades at the Oregon Health & Science University and the Oregon Hearing Research Center.