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64 3 479 5747
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
BA(Hons) PhD GradDipApplStat MApplStat(Hons) DSc AStat (SSAI)
Research summary
Vestibular and Auditory Neuroscience
  • Neuropharmacology, Neuroscience
  • Biostatistics


Interests: vestibular and auditory systems; vestibular dysfunction and tinnitus; effects of vestibular damage on the hippocampus; applications of statistics to pharmacology; biostatistics in general.

My major research interest is in the vestibular and auditory systems and how damage to them can result in plastic changes in the brain. We study the effects of vestibular and auditory damage on the brainstem vestibular and cochlear nuclei, and also on other areas of the CNS such as the medial temporal lobe, especially the hippocampus and striatum.

Additional details

I am appointed to the HRC Standing Committee on Therapeutic Trials (SCOTT), the HRC Emerging Researcher First Grant Science Assessing CommitteeScientific Advisory Committee of the New Zealand Neurological Foundation, and to the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Vestibular Research, Frontiers in NeurologyNeuro-Otology (Associate Editor), Frontiers in Neuroscience, Frontiers in Psychology, Auris Nasus Larynx and the Springer Encyclopedia of Neuroscience (Field Editor for Neuropharmacology).

I am an Accredited Statistician (AStat) with the Statistical Society of Australia Inc. (SSAI) and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, UK. I am also a Principal Investigator with the Brain Research New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence and with the Eisdell Moore Centre for Hearing and Balance Research, University of Auckland.


Zheng, Y., & Smith, P. F. (2024). Translating animal findings to humans in tinnitus research. In W. Schlee, B. Langguth, D. De Ridder, S. Vanneste, T. Kleinjung & A. R. Møller (Eds.), Textbook of tinnitus. (2nd ed.) (pp. 301-312). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-35647-6_24 Chapter in Book - Research

Tan, H. T., Smith, P. F., & Zheng, Y. (2024). Time-dependent effects of acoustic trauma and tinnitus on extracellular levels of amino acids in the inferior colliculus of rats. Hearing Research, 443, 108948. doi: 10.1016/j.heares.2024.108948 Journal - Research Article

Smith, P. F. (2024). Aging of the vestibular system and its relationship to dementia. Current Opinion in Neurology, 37, 83-87. doi: 10.1097/wco.0000000000001231 Journal - Research Other

Smith, P. F. (2023). Interpreting the meaning of changes in hippocampal volume associated with vestibular loss. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 17, 1254972. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2023.1254972 Journal - Research Other

Singh, A., Smith, P. F., & Zheng, Y. (2023). Targeting the limbic system: Insights into its involvement in tinnitus. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 24, 9889. doi: 10.3390/ijms24129889 Journal - Research Other

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