European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus Research (ESIT)

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 JAMA 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 and 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, Jos√© 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 and Neck Surgery, January 2019, DOI: 10.1001/jamaoto.2018.3852.

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As was reported below, we were grateful to have been able to welcome the international tinnitus patient organisation Tinnitus Hub at the 2019 Tinnitus Research Initiative (TRI) Conference in Taipei, Taiwan.

As a follow up to their valuable conference participation and to inform their members and tinnitus-affected individuals worldwide, several highly informative blog posts and videos were created which we would very much like to share:

A factful blog post on the details of the conference including brief reports on talks and symposia, written by ESIT PhD-students (click on image to follow link):

 

A colourful video, with Tinnitus Hub Director and Chief Strategist Hazel Goedhart presenting, giving an overall view of the conference and conveying well the vibrant, international athmosphere of this event (click on image to access link):

 

A further, insightful video featuring ESIT Coordinator Winfried Schlee, ESIT International Academic Mentor Raj Shekhawat, and ESIT supervisor Berthold Langguth, discussing the recent past, the current state and the outlook for tinnitus research (click on image to access link):

We'd like to express our heartfelt thanks and utmost appreciation of Hazel Goedhart's and Tinnitus Hub's efforts to make the condition of tinnitus more well-known, to alleviate the isolation felt by many sufferers and to spread the word about innovative tinnitus research happening worldwide!

We were delighted that our consortium partner Tinnitus Hub, a leading international tinnitus patient organisation run by patients themselves, with their director and chief strategist, Hazel Goedhart, was able to join us for the 12th TRI international tinnitus conference in Taipei/Taiwan (see below).

Beyond representing her organisation and advocating for the patients' perspective at this international and interdisciplinary event, Hazel conducted video interviews with leading tinnitus researchers which will be of interest to a wide audience, be it patients, researchers or the interested public.

Furthermore, there is a very readable blog article about Hazel's experience at the 12th TRI Conference (click on image to access blog):

 

 

For ESIT PhD students and staff, it was an extraordinary opportunity to be able to attend the 12th international Tinnitus Research Initiative (TRI) Conference in Taipei/Taiwan, held from May 17 to 19, 2019 at the National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) International Convention Centre.

Before the actual conference, there was an ESIT satellite event designed as an additional training opportunity for students, covering the topics of systematic reviews (Magdalena Sereda, Univerity of Nottingham), dissemination, social media use and strategy (Hazel Goedhart, Tinnitus Hub) and various group activities on these topics (moderated by Winfried Schlee, Raj Shekhawat and Berthold Langguth).

It has been a most remarkable time for everyone involved, filled with scientific and personal exchange as well as cross-cultural experiences in Taiwan. The ESIT PhD candidates were able to showcase some ot their innovative work and were very well received among the audience of renowned scientists, with whom they also had the opportunity to network.

We'd like to very much thank everyone involved in this event and are already looking forward to the 13th TRI conference in May 2020, in Vancouver, Canada!

 

ESIT Satellite Event:

 

  

 

   

 

12th TRI Tinnitus Conference:

 

 

   

    

We are glad to share a wonderful and impactful example of patient involvement in tinnitus research by our assoicated partner Tinnitus Hub, a patient-run self-help organisation for tinnitus with worldwide reach:

In 2018, one of their dedicated members, Daniel Ballinger, passed away at young age. Another Tinitus Hub member, Eddie Clark, followed by many others, wished to commemorate his death by initiating the Daniel-Ballinger-Memorial-Fund, administered with assistance of the British Tinnitus Association (BTA), to support a young tinnitus researcher. In all, a sum of 5.000 GBP was raised and the grant awarded to Elouise Koops, a dedicated tinnitus researcher at the University of Groningen.

The Tinnitus Hub blog article can be read here.

Furthermore, a video interview was conducted with Elouise, sharing her research and experience as the holder of this exceptional grant.

                                                    

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16 Sep 2019 10:00 am - 20 Sep 2019 4:00 pm
4th ESIT Training School Regensburg

Key Facts

  • 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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