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Johns Hopkins provost honored with international award
Date:5/17/2010

Lloyd Minor, M.D., an expert in balance and inner-ear disorders, and Johns Hopkins University's provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, has been awarded the Prosper Mnire Society's 2010 gold medal. The award is for Minor's contributions to understanding the scientific basis of Mnire's disease, named for the French scientist who pegged its hallmark symptoms of recurring dizziness and "constant ringing noise in the head," or so-called tinnitus, to dysfunction in the inner ear.

A medal and commemorative plaque were presented to Minor, an otolaryngologist head and neck surgeon, at a dinner ceremony in March in Austria at the Society's biannual international symposium and workshop on inner ear medicine and surgery.

Minor, who served as the Andelot Professor and director of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins' School of Medicine from 2003 until his appointment as provost, published four key studies between 1999 and 2001, laying out the connection between head motion and eye movements and how they are controlled by the balancing mechanisms centered in the inner ear.

Most notably, colleagues say, his work advanced the diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders, including superior canal dehiscence, an often disabling form of severe dizziness. Minor perfected the condition's diagnosis and refined a surgical procedure to repair a defect in the bone in the inner ear that restored balance and hearing function in hundreds of people.

"This is a great honor for Lloyd Minor, whose dedication to patients, teaching and mentoring the next generation of physicians, and to research in the fundamental aspects of disease bear true testament to the core mission of Johns Hopkins Medicine," says Edward D. Miller, M.D., dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "Lloyd has proven what the famed scientist Louis Pasteur said, which was that 'chance favors the prepared mind.'"

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