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.
Derek J. HoareTraining 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.
Giriraj Singh ShekhawatInternational 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 HazleAssistant 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 SchillerProject Network Manager
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.
Neuropsychology, Acoustics, E-Health, Open Data
University College London
Cognitive Neuroscience & Speech Communication Lab
Psychology & Face Processing
Fresh HR, Warsaw
Personal development and self-assessment, Teambuilding
Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFor)
Grant Application Expert
British Tinnitus Associtation
British Tinnitus Association
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Hyperacusis)
Director, Chief Strategist
University of Bergen
Professor, Department of Mathematics
Hôpital Européen Georges-Pompidou
MD, ENT specialist
Katy R MahoneyTrainer
Vitae Associate Trainer
Rodetal Ltd Coach
Winfried SchleeTrainer & Coordinator
Neuroscience & Tinnitus Treatments, Statistics
Genyo Lab Granada
Genetics, Molecular Studies, Menières Disease
Medical University Lodz
Ontology, Electrical Stimulation
Istituto Mario Negri Milano
University of Nottingham
Tinnitus Subtyping, Clinical Trials
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, National Clinical Policies
Psychoacoustics, Auditory System