This page shows our ESIT Coordination & Training Staff, responsible for the educational and management side of the project. Our team of highly experienced professionals is compunded internationally and aiming to mirror the interdisciplinarity of the ESIT project in its training and management.

Training Coordination


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Derek J. Hoare

Training Coordinator
University of Nottingham 

Derek trained in nursing at the University of Brighton and then
completed a PhD in neuroscience at University of Manchester.
He is now Associate Professor in Hearing Sciences at the NIHR
Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, University of Nottingham.
There he leads a programme of research on tinnitus and hyperacusis
with particular interests in developing assessment tools and low-intensity
psychological and self-help interventions. Derek was a steering group
member of European TINNET clinical working group, and chair of the
British Society of Audiology Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Special Interest
Group. Since April 2018 Derek Hoare is the training coordinator of ESIT
following on Deborah Hall and is responsible for the training schedules
and the professional development of our PhDs.

Raj Shekhawat

Giriraj Singh Shekhawat

International Academic Mentor
Flinders University Adelaide

Dr. Raj Shekhawat is a Professor of Audiology at Flinders University Adelaide. 
Previously at University College London (UCL) London, UK, he has over a decade
of clinical and research experience. He has worked in four different continents
accross six different countries (UK, USA, Singapore, India, New Zealand, Australia)
with diverse cultural populations accross various settings such as hospitals, clinics,
schools, and universities. He has been actively involved, since the beginning of ESIT,
in creating and running a series of academic workshops for ESIT students and
supervisors. His research passion lies in investigating novel tinnitus management
options using brain stimulation, hearing aids, and sound therapies.

Dawn Hazle

Dawn Hazle

Assistant to Training Coordination
University of Nottingham

Dawn has a BA(Hons) in German & Russian from the University of
Nottingham, a BSc(Hons) in Quantity Surveying & Construction Commercial
Management from Nottingham Trent University and a MA(Res) in Russian
Studies from the University of Nottingham. She has worked as an
administrator in GP practice and at the University of Nottingham in stroke
and children's brain tumour research before joining the ESIT program in 2017 to
support the training curriculum. She enjoys roleplaying, boardgaming as well
volunteering at a local air museum. She speaks German, Russian, French and has
basic skills in Spanish, Dutch, Slovene and Polish. She also enjoys photography
and is interested in technology, aircraft, the natural world and astronomy.

Administrative and Project Network Managing


Axel Schiller

Axel Schiller

Project Network Manager
Regensburg University,
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Axel has an academic and professional background in Psychology and Health
Science, Linguistics, and Intellectual Property (IP). As the Project Network Manager,
he assists the Scientific Coordinator in every way and is the administrative point
of contact for the ESIT PhD-students as well as all collaborating institutions, and
is responsible for the formal reporting of the project. Furthermore, he is engaged
in the project outreach, dissemination and managing ESIT's social media platforms.
Also, due to his previous training as Certified Intellectual Property Paralegal, within
ESIT he is specifically interested in the protection and transferability of scientific
innovation and in spreading the knowledge about the significance and value of IP rights.
In Psychology, his main areas of interest lie within counselling and spiritual care.
He enjoys studying and communicating in (foreign) languages, of which he has skills in
(among others) English, German, German Sign Language, French, Spanish, Malay, Italian,
Lithuanian, and Dutch. Furthermore, he has trained to become a Certified STTI
(Speech-to-Text-Interpreter), enabling barrier-free communication for the deaf and hearing-impaired.


 External Trainers


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Patrick Neff

Regensburg University 
Neuropsychology, Acoustics, E-Health, Open Data
Sophie Scott

Sophie Scott

University College London 
Cognitive Neuroscience & Speech Communication Lab
Jodie Davies Thompson

Jodie Davies-Thompson

Swansea University
Psychology & Face Processing

Uszula Rudzka-Stankiewicz

Fresh HR, Warsaw
Personal development and self-assessment, Teambuilding
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Rosemarie Hermann

Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFor)
Grant Application Expert
David Stockdale

David Stockdale

British Tinnitus Associtation
Chief Executive
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Nic Wray

British Tinnitus Association
Communications Manager
Kathryn Fackrell

Kathryn Fackrell

NIHR Nottingham
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Hyperacusis)
Hazel Goedhart

Hazel Goedhart

Tinnitus Hub
Director, Chief Strategist
Jan Bulla

Jan Bulla

University of Bergen
Professor, Department of Mathematics
Alain Londero

Alain Londero

Hôpital Européen Georges-Pompidou
MD, ENT specialist
Katy R Mahoney

Katy R Mahoney

Vitae Associate Trainer
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Internal Trainers


Winfried Schlee

Trainer & Coordinator
Regensburg University
Neuroscience & Tinnitus Treatments, Statistics

Antonio Lopez-Escamez

Genyo Lab Granada
Genetics, Molecular Studies, Menières Disease
Marzena Mielczarek

Marzena Mielczarek

Medical University Lodz
Ontology, Electrical Stimulation

Silvano Gallus

Istituto Mario Negri Milano
Etiology, Epidemiology
Debbie Hall

Deborah Hall

University of Nottingham
Tinnitus Subtyping, Clinical Trials

Rilana Cima

Maastricht University
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, National Clinical Policies

Arnaud Norena

Aix-Marseille Université
Psychoacoustics, Auditory System
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Martin Meyer

Zurich University
Electrophysiology, Neurofeedback