European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus Research (ESIT)

ESIT PhD students Shikha Spencer, researching at the Medical University of Łódź, Poland, and Stefan Schoisswohl, working at the Regensburg University Hospital, Germany, in collaboration with ESIT supervisors Marzena Mielczarek (Łódź) and Magdalena Sereda (University of Nottingham), were able to publish, in the Polish Journal of Hearing Science, a scientific literature review on different approaches to electrical ear stimulation for tinnitus treatment, DOI: 10.17430/1003431. Congratulations!

ESIT, in cooperation with Prof Jan Bulla from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Bergen, Norway, were delighted to organise an international training workshop on the innovative statistics platform "R" that took place from October 22 to October 30, 2019, in Sitges, Spain!

Besides our own ESIT PhD students, many other Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) were invited to this exceptional training and networking opportunity, especially PhD candidates from the MSCA ITN consortium TIN-ACT, also researching interdisciplinarily on the condition of tinnitus, as well as individual PhD students from institutions throughout Europe, post-docs, and Prof Jan Bulla's research assistants from Bergen, who greatly assisted throughout the entire training.

Throughout this intensive and exceptional workshop, new insights were gained by everyone taking part, and lasting connections between the ESRs and organisers were formed, which we look forward to intensifiying, scientifically and personally, in the time to come.

It was our great pleasure to plan and put this rewarding workshop into reality, and we'd like to thank everyone involved for their outstanding and invalualble contribution. We're already very much looking forward to the next event!

    

Shikha Spencer and Stefan Schoisswohl, ESIT PhD students at the Medical University of Łódź (Shikha) and the University of Regensburg (Stefan), conducted and published, in the Polish Journal of Hearing Science, Volume 9, Issue 3, a literature review on the 'Comparison of invasive versus non-invasive electrical ear stimulation in tinnitus surpression', DOI: 10.17430/1003431. Congratulations from the ESIT team!

Congratulations to ESIT supervisor Christopher Cederroth who, together with renowned colleagues from the tinnitus, audiology, physiology and bioscience field, published on Medicine in the Fourth Dimension in Cell Metabolism, Volume 30, August 2019, DOI: 10.1016/j.cmet.2019.06.019.

ESIT PhD students Stefan Schoisswohl and Jorge Simoes at the University of Regensburg were able to publish their paper RTMS parameters in tinnitus trials: a systematic review in Nature's Scientific Reports, August 2019, DOI: 10.1038/s41598. Congratulations!

Congratulations to ESIT students Jorge Simoes and Stefan Schoisswohl, PhD candidates at the University of Regensburg, for the publication of their article Toward Personalized Tinnitus Treatment: An Exploratory Study Based on Internet Crowdsensing in Frontiers in Public Health - Digital Health, June 2019, DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00157.

Nuwan Liyanage, ESIT PhD candidate at the University of Zurich, was able to publish on The Influence of Cochlear Implantation on Tinnitus in Patients with Single-Sided Deafness: A Systematic Review in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, May 2019, DOI: 10.1177/0194599819846084. Congratulations!

ESIT PhD student Natalia Trpchevska, researching at Karolinska Institutet Stockholm, succeeded in publishing a research letter on Sex-Specific Association of Tinnitus with Suicide Attempts as a co-author, available in JAMA Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, May 2019, DOI: 10.1001/jamaoto.2019.0566.

Congratulations once again to Muntazir Mehdi, ESIT PhD-student at the University of Ulm, who's abstract "Towards Automated Smart Mobile Crowdsensing for Tinnitus Research" was accepted for CBMS 2019, The 32nd IEEE CBMS International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems.

Eleni Genitsaridi, ESIT PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham, with contributions by the ESIT students Marta Partyka, Natalia Trpchevska, Constanze Riha, Roshni Biswas, José L. Santacruz, Stefan Schoisswohl, Matheus LourencoNuwan Liyanage and several supervisors, co-authored the article Standardised profiling for tinnitus research: The European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus Research Screening Questionnaire (ESIT-SQ) for the March 2019(1) issue of Hearing Research, DOI: 10.1016/j.heares.2019.02.017.

Roshni Biswas, ESIT PhD student at Istituto Mario Negri di Ricerche Farmacologiche, co-produced the publication Standardized questions in English for estimating tinnitus prevalence and severity, hearing difficulty and usage of healthcare resources, and their translation into 11 European languages for the February 2019 issue of Hearing Research, DOI: 10.1016/j.heares.2019.02.008.

Congratulations to Muntazir Mehdi, ESIT-PhD-student at the University of Ulm, who's abstract was accepted for ACM SAC (SRC), The 34th ACM/SIGAPP Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC '19), DOI: 10.1145/3297280.3297654.

Together with supervisor Christopher Cederroth and others, Natalia Trpchevska, ESIT-PhD-student at Karolinska Institutet Stockholm, published an article about Association of Genetic vs Environmental Factors in Swedish Adoptees With Clinically Significant Tinnitus in JAMA Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, January 2019, DOI: 10.1001/jamaoto.2018.3852.

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In October 2019, ESIT PhD student Sana Amanat, researching at the Fundación para la Investigación Biosanitaria de Andalucía Oriental (FIBAO) and the University of Granada, Spain, completed her secondment with the Ménière's Society in the United Kingdom.

Sana is conducting highly specialised genetics research on the condition of Ménière's Disease, especially for severe variants of the disease, which detrimentally affects, among other areas, balance and hearing, and is therefore often closely connected to tinnitus.

During her secondment, Sana also presented at the Ménière's annual conference in London and, together with her supervisor António López-Escámez, prepared a tinnitus information sheet accessible to patients and carers. It can be viewed here.

Congratulations to Sana from the entire ESIT team on having successfully completed her secondment and having built new, international cooperations in the Ménière's and tinnitus field!

All of the ESIT consortium are very proud to announce that Matheus Lourenco, ESIT PhD student at KU Leuven and Maastricht University, is co-organising the 2020 edition of an international symposium on Single-Case Experimental Design (SCED) research!

This symposium N=1, Small is Beautiful {again} will be held from April 7 - 8, 2020, at KU Leuven, in Belgium. Further information is available on the symposium website.

We wish Matheus and the organisers all the best for their event and are excited to hear of the impatctful outcomes of this conference!

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  • Coordinator: Winfried Schlee, University Clinic Regensburg
  • 15 PhD students
  • Interdisciplinary research on tinnitus
  • Large European network of academic, clinical and industrial partners
  • Goal: Interdisciplinary teaching and training for young researchers to improve tinnitus treatment and research in Europe

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