Dalhousie University

Dr. Manohar Bance

Position Title:

Overall Director and Director of Otology of S.E.N.S.E. Lab
Professor of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery
and cross-appointments as professor in
   Neurosurgery, the School of Communication Disorders
   and the Department of Biomedical Engineering
Capital Health and Dalhousis University

Contact information:

Room 3184, 3rd Floor Dickson Building
Victoria General Site
QE II Health Sciences Centre
1278 Tower Road
Halifax, Nova Scot CANADA (B3H 2Y9)
Tel: 902-473-5975
email: m.bance[at]dal.ca

Positions and Employment

  • 1985-1986 Internship, Toronto East General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • 1986-1988 Family and General Medical Practice, Ontario, Canada

  • 1988-1990 Master of Science Graduate Student, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • 1990-1995 Resident, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Toronto, Ontario

  • 1995-1996 Fellow, Skull Base and Otologic Surgery, Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK

  • 1996-2001 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • 2001-2006 Associate Professor, Div. of Otolaryngology, Dalhousie University, NS, Canada

  • 2006- Professor, Div. of Otolaryngology, Dalhousie University, NS, Canada

  • Cross appointments: School of Biomedical Engineering, Dept of Anatomy and Neurobiology, School of Human Communication Disorders
  • 2001- Director, Ear and Auditory Research Laboratory, Dalhousie University, NS, Canada

  • 2008- Director, Sensory Encoding and Neurosensory Engineering (SENSE) Laboratory, Capital Health and Dalhousie University, NS, Canada

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • 1998-2003 Awards Chair, Canadian Society of Otolaryngology

  • 2000-2008 Associate Editor, Journal of Otolaryngology

  • 2003- Editorial Board Member, Otology and Neurotology

  • 2001- Director of Research, Division of Otolaryngology, Dalhousie University

  • 2005- Vice President, PolyBlend Inc, and President, Earotec Inc (technology companies)

  • 2003-2005 Member Peer Review Committee, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Professional Awards Committee

  • 2006- Member, Grant Review Committee, Hearing Foundation of Canada

  • 2005- Examiner Board, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada,

  • 2008- Professor to the Chair in Hearing, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


  • 2002 Daichii Clinical Scholar, American Academy of Otolaryngology

  • 2004-2009 Dalhousie Clinical Research Scholar, Dalhousie University, NS, Canada

  • 1999 and 2005 Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Toronto (1999), and Dalhousie (2005)

  • 2005- Elected Member, Politzer Society

  • 2008- Elected Member, Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitae Sacrum

Ongoing Research Support

  1. New Bone Conduction Technologies Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) (2006-2011) $3.1 million (PI)

  2. Tactile Transducers in Unilateral Hearing loss Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (2008-2011) $150,000 (Co-PI with Brown J)

  3. A New Eustachian Tube Function Testing Device. InNovaCorp Early Stage Commercialization Fund (2008-2009) . $30,000 (PI with co-investigators Adamson R, Brown J)

  4. Development of Surgically Implantable Transducers for Bone Conduction Hearing Aids (2009-2009) $50,000 Dept. of Surgery Research Fund, Dalhousie University.(Co-investigator with PI Brown J)

  5. Brain Imaging of Hearing Deficits.. Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (2008-2011) $50,000 (Co-investigator (with PI Newman A)

  6. XIAP transfection Protection Against Age Related Hearing loss. CIHR 2009-2012. $587,000 (Co-PI with Wang J)

  7. Neural Integration of Asymmetric Hearing Loss. CDHA Research Fund (2009-10) $15,000 (PI, Co-Investigators: Newman A, Aiken S, Phillips D)

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications (out of 65) in chronological order last 5 years

  1. Vibration characteristics and function of atelectatic segments in the tympanic membrane in fresh human cadaveric temporal bones. Morris DP, Bance M, Van Wijhe RG. Clin Otolaryngol. 2004 29:133-7.

  2. Optimum tension for partial ossicular replacement prosthesis reconstruction in the human middle ear. Morris DP, Bance M, van Wijhe RG, Kiefte M, Smith R Laryngoscope. 2004 114:305-8.

  3. How does cartilage and other material overlay over a prosthesis effect its vibration transmission properties in ossiculoplasty. Morris DP, Wijhe RG, Bance M Otolaryngol HNS. 2004 131:423-8.

  4. Comparison of the mechanical performance of ossiculoplasty using a prosthetic malleus-to-stapes head with a tympanic membrane-to-stapes head assembly in a human cadaveric middle ear model. Otol Neurotol. 2004 25:903-9.

  5. Bance M, Morris DP, Vanwijhe RG, Kiefte M, Funnell WR.Middle-ear finite-element modelling with realistic geometry and a priori material-property estimates. Mikhael CS, Funnell RJ, Bance M Proceedings of Can.Medical & Biological Engineering Society 2004

  6. Is There Loss of Vibration Amplitude Across the Snap Coupling of the Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA)? Majdalawieh OF,Van Wijhe RG, Bance M Otology-Neurotology 2006 27:342-345

  7. Output vibration measurements of bone-anchored hearing aids. Majdalawieh O, Van Wijhe RG, Bance M. Otol Neurotol. 2006 Jun;27(4):519-30.

  8. Majdalawieh OF, Alian WA, Katlai B, Van Wijhe RG, Bance ML. Linearity and lever ratio of the normal and reconstructed cadaveric human middle ear. Otol Neurotol. 2008 Sep;29(6):796-802.

  9. Informed Consent in Otologic Surgery: A Prospective Randomized Study Comparing Risk Recall with Illustrated Handout and Non-Illustrated Handout? Henry, E; Brown, T, Bartlett, C; Massoud, E; Bance, M J Otolaryngol 37(2):233-239

  10. Wang J, Menchenton T, Yin S, Yu Z, Bance M, Morris DP, Moore CS, Korneluk RG, Robertson S. Over-expression of X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein slows presbycusis in C57BL/6J mice. Neurobiol Aging. Aug 2008.


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