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Eileen Foecking
Ph.D.
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Otolaryngology
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Neuroscience Research
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Research Summary

The research of Dr. Foecking focuses on the underlying mechanisms of neural injury and repair in the context of both trauma and disease. One major area of study lies in the exploration of neurotherapeutic potential of gonadal steroid hormones in conjunction with electrical stimulation in facial and recurrent laryngeal nerve injuries. Additional research interests lie in the utilization of nerve grafts and neural conduits to repair and regeneration, ototoxicity of vicodin on hearing, traumatic brain injury, and sudden sensorineural hearing loss.

Publications

Intracranial Facial Nerve Crush Injury and Facial Motor Nuclei Cell Loss in RatsAmine,M.; Foecking,E. M.; Marzo,S. J.Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2014 ; ( ):

Increased thermal pain sensitivity in animals exposed to chronic high dose vicodin(R) but not pure hydrocodoneO'Connell,T. F.; Carpenter,P. S.; Caballero,N.; Putnam,A. J.; Steere,J. T.; Matz,G. J.; Foecking,E. M.Pain Physician 2014 ;17(4):353-357

Androgen treatment and recovery of function following recurrent laryngeal nerve injury in the ratBrown,T. J.; Pittman,A. L.; Monaco,G. N.; Benscoter,B. J.; Mantravadi,A. V.; Akst,L. M.; Jones,K. J.; Foecking,E. M.Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience 2013 ;31(2):169-176

Electrical stimulation and testosterone enhance recovery from recurrent laryngeal nerve crushMonaco,G. N.; Brown,T. J.; Burgette,R. C.; Fargo,K. N.; Akst,L. M.; Jones,K. J.; Foecking,E. M.Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience 2013 ; ( ):

A rat model for intracranial facial nerve crush injuriesBurgette,R. C.; Benscoter,B. J.; Monaco,G. N.; Kircher,M. L.; Mantravadi,A. V.; Marzo,S. J.; Jones,K. J.; Foecking,E. M.Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2012 ;146(2):326-330

Single session of brief electrical stimulation immediately following crush injury enhances functional recovery of rat facial nerve.Foecking,E. M.; Fargo,K. N.; Coughlin,L. M.; Kim,J. T.; Marzo,S. J.; Jones,K. J.Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development 2012 ;49(3):451-458

Muscle matters--dendrites grow upFargo,K. N.; Foecking,E. M.; Jones,K. J.Endocrinology 2011 ;152(2):346-348

Electrical stimulation and testosterone differentially enhance expression of regeneration-associated genes.Sharma,N.; Marzo,S. J.; Jones,K. J.; Foecking,E. M.Experimental neurology 2010 ;223(1):183-191

Combinatorial treatments enhance recovery following facial nerve crush.Sharma,N.; Moeller,C. W.; Marzo,S. J.; Jones,K. J.; Foecking,E. M.Laryngoscope 2010 ;120(8):1523-1530

Facial motor nuclei cell loss with intratemporal facial nerve crush injuries in rats.Marzo,S. J.; Moeller,C. W.; Sharma,N.; Cunningham,K.; Jones,K. J.; Foecking,E. M.Laryngoscope 2010 ;120(11):2264-2269

Effects of electrical stimulation and gonadal steroids on rat facial nerve regenerative properties.Sharma,N.; Coughlin,L.; Porter,R. G.; Tanzer,L.; Wurster,R. D.; Marzo,S. J.; Jones,K. J.; Foecking,E. M.Restorative Neurology & Neuroscience 2009 ;27(6):633-644

Comparison of extratemporal and intratemporal facial nerve injury models.Sharma,N.; Cunningham,K.; Porter,R. G.,Sr; Marzo,S. J.; Jones,K. J.; Foecking,E. M.Laryngoscope 2009 ;119(12):2324-2330

Neuroendocrine consequences of androgen excess in female rodentsFoecking,E. M.; McDevitt,M. A.; Acosta-Martinez,M.; Horton,T. H.; Levine,J. E.Hormones and behavior 2008 ;53(5):673-692

Electrical stimulation facilitates rat facial nerve recovery from a crush injury.Lal,D.; Hetzler,L. T.; Sharma,N.; Wurster,R. D.; Marzo,S. J.; Jones,K. J.; Foecking,E. M.Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery 2008 ;139(1):68-73

Transient prenatal androgen exposure produces metabolic syndrome in adult female ratsDemissie,M.; Lazic,M.; Foecking,E. M.; Aird,F.; Dunaif,A.; Levine,J. E.American journal of physiology.Endocrinology and metabolism 2008 ;295(2):E262-8

Androgen regulation of axon growth and neurite extension in motoneuronsFargo,K. N.; Galbiati,M.; Foecking,E. M.; Poletti,A.; Jones,K. J.Hormones & Behavior 2008 ;53(5):716-728

Accelerating functional recovery after rat facial nerve injury: Effects of gonadal steroids and electrical stimulation.Hetzler,L. E.; Sharma,N.; Tanzer,L.; Wurster,R. D.; Leonetti,J.; Marzo,S. J.; Jones,K. J.; Foecking,E. M.Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery 2008 ;139(1):62-67

Neuroendocrine consequences of prenatal androgen exposure in the female rat: absence of luteinizing hormone surges, suppression of progesterone receptor gene expression, and acceleration of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone pulse generatorFoecking,E. M.; Szabo,M.; Schwartz,N. B.; Levine,J. E.Biology of reproduction 2005 ;72(6):1475-1483

Effects of experimental hyperandrogenemia on the female rat reproductive axis: suppression of progesterone-receptor messenger RNA expression in the brain and blockade of luteinizing hormone surgesFoecking,E. M.; Levine,J. E.Gender Medicine 2005 ;2(3):155-165

Biography

Dr. Foecking is adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center as well as a Research Health Scientist at Edward Hines, Jr., VA Hospital. Dr. Foecking is also the Director of Otolaryngology Research at Loyola University Medical Center and the Research Director for the Parmly Hearing Institute at Loyola University. Dr. Foecking received her doctorate degree at Northwestern University in the Department of Neurobiology and Physiology with Dr. Jon E. Levine and completed her postdoctoral training at Loyola University in the laboratory of Dr. Kathryn J. Jones. Her research focus is primarily Facial Nerve Injury and Repair: Development of Treatment Strategies for Clinical Application. She is also interested in developing new techniques for facial reanimation following facial paralysis. In addition to her research, Dr. Foecking manages a translational research group which consists of MD students and MD residents from the Otolaryngology Department at Loyola University.

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