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Associate Professor Yiwen Zheng

Yiwen ZhangAssociate Professor Yiwen Zheng’s research is focused on the vestibular (balance) and auditory (hearing) systems, the balance system of the inner ear. She is investigating the mechanisms of tinnitus (ringing in the ear) and how the vestibular system contributes to spatial learning and memory, particularly the interaction between vestibular system and the hippocampus, an area of the brain that is important for learning and memory. Associate Professor Zheng is also interested in anxiety related behaviours following peripheral vestibular damage.

Associate Professor Zheng uses a range of biochemical and electrophysiological techniques to study the underlying mechanisms of tinnitus and her lab is testing potentially effective drug treatments using animal models of tinnitus. Her vestibular research uses a combination of electrophysiological, neurochemical and behavioural approaches and is systematically investigating and illuminating the contribution that the vestibular system makes to spatial learning and memory.


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Publications

He, J., Zhu, Y., Aa, J., Smith, P. F., De Ridder, D., Wang, G., & Zheng, Y. (2017). Brain metabolic changes in rats following acoustic trauma. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 11, 148. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2017.00148

Zheng, Y., Gliddon, C. M., Aitken, P., Stiles, L., Machado, M.-L., Philoxene, B., … Smith, P. F., & Besnard, S. (2017). Effects of acute altered gravity during parabolic flight and/or vestibular loss on cell proliferation in the rat dentate gyrus. Neuroscience Letters, 654, 120-124. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2017.06.033

Aitken, P., Zheng, Y., & Smith, P. F. (2018). The modulation of hippocampal theta rhythm by the vestibular system. Journal of Neurophysiology, 119(2), 548-562. doi: 10.1152/jn.00548.2017

Balabhadrapatruni, S., Zheng, Y., Napper, R., & Smith, P. F. (2016). Basal dendritic length is reduced in the rat hippocampus following bilateral vestibular deafferentation. Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, 131, 56-60. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2016.03.009

Smith, P. F., & Zheng, Y. (2016). Cannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors and tinnitus. Hearing Research, 332, 210-216. doi: 10.1016/j.heares.2015.09.014

Journal - Research Article

Aitken, P., Zheng, Y., & Smith, P. F. (2018). The modulation of hippocampal theta rhythm by the vestibular system. Journal of Neurophysiology, 119(2), 548-562. doi: 10.1152/jn.00548.2017

Zheng, Y., Gliddon, C. M., Aitken, P., Stiles, L., Machado, M.-L., Philoxene, B., … Smith, P. F., & Besnard, S. (2017). Effects of acute altered gravity during parabolic flight and/or vestibular loss on cell proliferation in the rat dentate gyrus. Neuroscience Letters, 654, 120-124. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2017.06.033

He, J., Zhu, Y., Aa, J., Smith, P. F., De Ridder, D., Wang, G., & Zheng, Y. (2017). Brain metabolic changes in rats following acoustic trauma. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 11, 148. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2017.00148

Balabhadrapatruni, S., Zheng, Y., Napper, R., & Smith, P. F. (2016). Basal dendritic length is reduced in the rat hippocampus following bilateral vestibular deafferentation. Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, 131, 56-60. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2016.03.009

Smith, P. F., & Zheng, Y. (2016). Cannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors and tinnitus. Hearing Research, 332, 210-216. doi: 10.1016/j.heares.2015.09.014

Zheng, Y., Reid, P., & Smith, P. F. (2015). Cannabinoid CB1 receptor agonists do not decrease, but may increase, acoustic trauma-induced tinnitus in rats. Frontiers in Neurology, 6, 60. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2015.00060

Zheng, Y., McPherson, K., Reid, P., & Smith, P. F. (2015). The anti-inflammatory selective melanocortin receptor subtype 4 agonist, RO27-3225, fails to prevent acoustic trauma-induced tinnitus in rats. European Journal of Pharmacology, 761, 206-210. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2015.05.007

Zheng, Y., Stiles, L., Chien, Y.-T., Darlington, C. L., & Smith, P. F. (2014). The effects of acute stress-induced sleep disturbance on acoustic trauma-induced tinnitus in rats. BioMed Research International, 2014, 724195. doi: 10.1155/2014/724195

Zheng, Y., Geddes, L., Sato, G., Stiles, L., Darlington, C. L., & Smith, P. F. (2014). Galvanic vestibular stimulation impairs cell proliferation and neurogenesis in the rat hippocampus but not spatial memory. Hippocampus, 24(5), 541-552. doi: 10.1002/hipo.22247

Smith, P. F., & Zheng, Y. (2014). Cannabis, cannabinoids and tinnitus. Journal of Pharmacology & Drug Metabolism, 1, 1-6. Retrieved from http://www.jscholaronline.org/journals/journal-of-pharmacology-and-drug-metabolism/jhome.php

Zheng, Y., McPherson, K., & Smith, P. F. (2014). Effects of early and late treatment with L-baclofen on the development and maintenance of tinnitus caused by acoustic trauma in rats. Neuroscience, 258, 410-421. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2013.11.032

Zheng, Y., Wilson, G., Stiles, L., & Smith, P. F. (2013). Glutamate receptor subunit and calmodulin kinase II expression, with and without T maze training, in the rat hippocampus following bilateral vestibular deafferentation. PLoS ONE, 8(2), e54527. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0054527

Smith, P. F., & Zheng, Y. (2013). From ear to uncertainty: Vestibular contributions to cognitive function. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 7, 84. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2013.00084

Neo, P., Carter, D., Zheng, Y., Smith, P., Darlington, C., & McNaughton, N. (2012). Septal elicitation of hippocampal theta rhythm did not repair cognitive and emotional deficits resulting from vestibular lesions. Hippocampus, 22(5), 1176-1187. doi: 10.1002/hipo.20963

Zheng, Y., McNamara, E., Stiles, L., Darlington, C. L., & Smith, P. F. (2012). Evidence that memantine reduces chronic tinnitus caused by acoustic trauma in rats. Frontiers in Neurology, 3, 127. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2012.00127

Zheng, Y., Vagal, S., McNamara, E., Darlington, C. L., & Smith, P. F. (2012). A dose–response analysis of the effects of L-baclofen on chronic tinnitus caused by acoustic trauma in rats. Neuropharmacology, 62, 940-946. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2011.09.027

Zheng, Y., Hamilton, E., McNamara, E., Smith, P. F., & Darlington, C. L. (2011). The effects of chronic tinnitus caused by acoustic trauma on social behaviour and anxiety in rats. Neuroscience, 193, 143-153. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2011.07.026

Zheng, Y., Hamilton, E., Begum, S., Smith, P. F., & Darlington, C. L. (2011). The effects of acoustic trauma that can cause tinnitus on spatial performance in rats. Neuroscience, 186, 48-56. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2011.04.052

Baek, J. H., Zheng, Y., Darlington, C. L., & Smith, P. F. (2011). Cannabinoid CB1 receptor expression and affinity in the rat hippocampus following bilateral vestibular deafferentation. Neuroscience Letters, 487(3), 330-334. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2010.10.050

Zheng, Y., Begum, S., Zhang, C., Fleming, K., Masumura, C., Zhang, M., Smith, P., & Darlington, C. (2011). Increased BrdU incorporation reflecting DNA repair, neuronal de-differentiation or possible neurogenesis in the adult cochlear nucleus following bilateral cochlear lesions in the rat. Experimental Brain Research, 210(3-4), 477-487. doi: 10.1007/s00221-010-2491-0

Zheng, Y., Hamilton, E., Stiles, L., McNamara, E., de Waele, C., Smith, P. F., & Darlington, C. L. (2011). Acoustic trauma that can cause tinnitus impairs impulsive control but not performance accuracy in the 5-choice serial reaction time task in rats. Neuroscience, 180, 75-84. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2011.02.040

Zheng, Y., Masumura, C., Chung, P., Darlington, C. L., & Smith, P. F. (2010). Cell proliferation and survival in the vestibular nucleus following bilateral vestibular deafferentation in the adult rat. Neuroscience Letters, 468(1), 85-88. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2009.10.070

Zheng, Y., Vagal, S., Zhu, X.-X., de Waele, C., Smith, P. F., Wang, G., Zhang, M., & Darlington, C. L. (2010). The effects of the Chinese herbal medicine EMF01 on salicylate-induced tinnitus in rats. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 128(2), 545-548. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2010.01.053

Zheng, Y., Mason-Parker, S. E., Logan, B., Darlington, C. L., Smith, P. F., & Abraham, W. C. (2010). Hippocampal synaptic transmission and LTP in vivo are intact following bilateral vestibular deafferentation in the rat. Hippocampus, 20(4), 461-468. doi: 10.1002/hipo.20645

Zheng, Y., Stiles, L., Hamilton, E., Smith, P. F., & Darlington, C. L. (2010). The effects of the synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists, WIN55,212-2 and CP55,940, on salicylate-induced tinnitus in rats. Hearing Research, 268(1-2), 145-150. doi: 10.1016/j.heares.2010.05.015

Baek, J. H., Zheng, Y., Darlington, C. L., & Smith, P. F. (2010). Evidence that spatial memory deficits following bilateral vestibular deafferentation in rats are probably permanent. Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, 94(3), 402-413. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2010.08.007

Zheng, Y., Balabhadrapatruni, S., Masumura, C., Munro, O., Darlington, C. L., & Smith, P. F. (2009). Bilateral vestibular deafferentation causes deficits in a 5-choice serial reaction time task in rats. Behavioural Brain Research, 203, 113-117. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2009.04.027

Zheng, Y., Goddard, M., Darlington, C. L., & Smith, P. F. (2009). Long-term deficits on a foraging task after bilateral vestibular deafferentation in rats. Hippocampus, 19(5), 480-486. doi: 10.1002/hipo.20533

Smith, P. F., Brandt, T., Strupp, M., Darlington, C. L., & Zheng, Y. (2009). Balance before reason in rats and humans. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1164(1), 127-133. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2008.03726.x

Darlington, C. L., Goddard, M., Zheng, Y., & Smith, P. F. (2009). Anxiety-related behavior and biogenic amine pathways in the rat following bilateral vestibular lesions. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1164(1), 134-139. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2008.03725.x

Zheng, Y., Goddard, M., Darlington, C. L., & Smith, P. F. (2008). Effects of bilateral vestibular deafferentation on anxiety-related behaviours in Wistar rats. Behavioural Brain Research, 193(1), 55-62. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2008.04.018

Zheng, Y., Hooton, K., Smith, P. F., & Darlington, C. L. (2008). Carbamazepine reduces the behavioural manifestations of tinnitus following salicylate treatments in rats. Acta Oto-Laryngologica, 128(1), 48-52. doi: 10.1080/00016480701361939

Baek, J.-H., Zheng, Y., Darlington, C. L., & Smith, P. F. (2008). Cannabinoid CB2 receptor expression in the rat brainstem cochlear and vestibular nuclei. Acta Oto-Laryngologica, 128(9), 961-967. doi: 10.1080/00016480701796944

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Smith, P. F., Geddes, L. H., Baek, J.-H., Darlington, C. L., & Zheng, Y. (2010). Modulation of memory by vestibular lesions and galvanic vestibular stimulation. Frontiers in Neurology, 1, 141. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2010.00141

Smith, P. F., Darlington, C. L., & Zheng, Y. (2010). Move it or lose it: Is stimulation of the vestibular system necessary for normal spatial memory? Hippocampus, 20(1), 36-43. doi: 10.1002/hipo.20588

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