Marquette biomedical sciences professor receives Early Career Award

Aug. 23, 2021

matthew hearing headshotMILWAUKEE — Dr. Matthew Hearing, assistant professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University, is the recipient of a 2021 Way Klingler Early Career Award.

“Being selected for this award is a true honor and a highlight of my career thus far,” Hearing said. “With the support of this award, we are very excited to bring state of the art technology to Marquette in hopes of developing what will help us better understand the brain and develop more effective treatments for substance abuse and neuropsychiatric disorders.”

The Way Klingler Early Career Award is used to support promising new scholars in critical stages of their careers. The competitive awards are given to select full-time regular junior faculty in the three years following their third-year review.

The awards are intended to fund $2,000 in operating costs and to cover a portion of salary to afford the recipient a one-semester release from teaching.

Hearing’s research aims to identify how opioid use alters brain function related to decision making and how that contributes to misuse and addiction. He also looks at how environmental and social stress factors elevate risk and severity of opioid use disorders and neuropsychiatric disease.

“These research questions are more relevant now than ever as individuals are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress amidst the pandemic, leading to a more than 30% rise in overdose-related deaths and compounding an already rising trend in mental health problems and addiction,” Hearing said.

One nominator wrote that it is difficult to imagine a more worthy and potentially transformative investment for the university’s scientific community than Hearing.

“Matt Hearing is an especially promising young investigator who has come to Marquette following extensive advanced technical training,” the colleague wrote. “He is a highly creative experimentalist, terrific collaborator, and a generous colleague and mentor. I believe very strongly in his scientific direction and see him as a great investment for the current award.”

Hearing’s talent and attention to detail lend themselves well to his research, as he specializes in a niche area of study that ultimately has vast, lasting impacts on health and health care, including how doctors prescribe medication.

Another nominator wrote, “I consider him to be among the most promising young neuroscientists at Marquette or elsewhere. The work proposed in his nomination will provide crucial data and allow for the introduction of innovative technology that will benefit the entire neuroscience community at Marquette.”

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