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ABIA receives $200,000 from the Cuyahoga Falls Fund of the Summa Foundation to establish a Temporal Bone Laboratory

Temporal Bone LabThe Summa Foundation Cuyahoga Falls Fund has provided $200,000 to establish a Temporal Bone Laboratory. This is the Akron region’s first and only laboratory to help train ear/nose/throat (ENT) doctors to perform high quality, state-of-the-art procedures. 

Existing surgical techniques can be practiced and innovative surgical techniques developed and perfected prior to use in patients.  The other goal of the laboratory is to promote research and development of new, marketable medical devices specific to the field of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery. 

The laboratory will be located in the Austen BioInnovation Institute (ABIA) in downtown Akron, which will allow the laboratory to serve as a regional resource for advanced surgical training. The heart of the laboratory will feature ENT surgical skills stations housed within ABIA’s 30,000 sq. ft. Simulation Center.  The Center is equipped with nine integrated surgical bays and advanced technology, and each laboratory station will be equipped with surgical microscopes, fiber-optic light sources, digital microscopic video capture, speed drilling systems, irrigation systems, surgical instruments and outlets for suction and water.

A Stryker Temporal Bone virtual reality simulation trainer is also available for student training.  ABIA’s Simulation Center has full audio-visual capabilities and broadcasting technologies, which means practitioners at institutions across the city or across the globe can watch and interact via live feed. The advanced Web-based learning management system with recording capabilities is a useful tool for curriculum building, documentation, debriefing and learning. The infrastructure at ABIA also includes a wide range of specialized medical equipment and instrumentation including:

  • Minimally Invasive Work Towers and Scopes
  • High-Definition Swing-arm and Wall-mounted Monitors at Each Station
  • Multi-positional Surgical Tables
  • Surgical Instrumentation for Open and Minimally Invasive Procedures
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Sterilizer, Instrument Cleaner
  • Personal Protective Equipment (Hats, Masks, Gloves and Gowns)

For a tour of the facility, or for more information, contact:  Barbara Cuckler – 330, 572-1662 or