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American Otological Society, Inc.

Narrative Description of Activities

With the constant and continuous advancements in medicine and the potential direct impact of such advancements on improved services to medical patients, the need to share information and provide education concerning these advancements continues to grow. The American Otological Society, Inc., an Illinois not for profit, 501(c)(3), organization formed on June 19, 2006, provides education relating to the understanding and management of otologic and neurotological disorders. AOS provides such education by: (1) hosting an annual meeting whereby experts in these fields present educational speeches on such topics; (2) offering workshops at the annual meetings during which attendees are encouraged to discuss and share information regarding current topics related to otologic and neurotological disorders; and (3) co-publishing a journal: “Otology & Neurotology” devoted to both clinical and basic science aspects of otology, neurotology and cranial base surgery.

The AOS, the Illinois not for profit 501(c)(3) organization, was organized to assume all of the educational activities of the American Otological Society, Inc., a New York nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization (“AOS-NY”), including those activities relating to hosting annual meetings and other educational activities and co-publishing the Otology & Neurotology journal. AOS-NY devoted its efforts towards educational activities, as well as research and research training activities involving otologic and neurotological disorders.

Based on such activities, AOS-NY was previously granted 501(c)(3) status. As of July 1, 2006, AOS-NY had distributed all of its assets and is no longer conducting any activities.

The AOS, the Illinois not for profit, has taken over all of the educational activities of AOS-NY and the American Otological Society Research Foundation, an organization incorporated in Illinois, has taken over all of AOS-NY’s research activities.

AOS has assumed the educational activities of AOS-NY and provides such educational activities in a separate 501(c)(3).

AOS hosts an annual meeting, during which experts in the field of otology and neurotology present educational topics to the meeting attendees focusing on otological and/or neurotological research, services, and/or basic science. AOS opens its programs to the public. Such programs are directed more toward physicians, researchers and other healthcare professionals. These meetings include break-out sessions and workshops during which attendees of the meeting, and the presenters, have the opportunity to discuss and share information concerning current topics relating to otological and/or neurotological research, services, and/or basic science.

AOS also co-publishes “Otology & Neurotology”, a journal devoted to otological and/or neurotological research, services, and/or basic science. The co-publisher of the Journal is the American Neurotology Society, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization. The Journal is a leading international publisher of professional health information for physicians, nurses, specialized clinicians and students. As the foremost journal in its field, it has become the favored place for publishing the best of new science relating to the human ear and its diseases. 

The broadly international character of its contributing authors, editorial board, and readership provides the Journal its decidedly global perspective. 

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American Otological Society Research Foundation

Narrative Description of Activities

Research in the field of medicine continues to have a direct impact on improved services to medical patients. There is a specific need for research in otology and related disciplines because of the existence of disorders and diseases directly related to these fields.

The American Otological Society Research Foundation (the “Foundation”) was established on June 22, 2006, by American Otological Society, Inc., a New York 501(c)(3) organization (AOS-NY), to conduct, promote and sponsor research concerning otologic and neurotological disorders. The Foundation also promotes research in these areas by offering research grants and fellowships and by offering financial awards to award recipients.

Effective July 1, 2006, AOS-NY transferred all of its assets involving research activities to the Foundation. As of the same date, AOS-NY transferred all of its remaining assets to a newly formed Illinois non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the American Otological Society, Inc. AOS serves as a supported organization to the Foundation. AOS provides education on the understanding and management of otologic and neurotological disorders and co-publishes a related journal. AOS-NY has been dissolved, and as of July 1, 2006, will no longer be conducting any of the activities described above.

The Foundation has assumed the research activities of AOS-NY and provides such research activities in a separate 501(c)(3). The Foundation offers grants and fellowships as more fully described below. 

The AOS Reasrch Foundation offers four types of grant mechanisms, the Research Grant award, an award for a Clinical Trial, full-time Research Training Fellowships, and a Clinician-Scientist award. AOS grant awards may involve research on any topic related to ear disorders. The reseach need not be directly on an otological disease, but may explore normal functions of the cochlea, labrinth or central auditory or vestibular systems. 

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