European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus Research (ESIT)

As a very tangible outcome of ESIT, it has been envisioned even before and already from the start of the project to review and update the major tinnitus-related articles on the open online encyclopedia Wikipedia.

Using the already quite detailed English version as a basis, it is planned to amend the main article relating to the condition in other languages (especially those covered by the international ESIT consortium) or, and this is the case for many language versions of Wikipedia, translate the English version into certain languages for the first time and update it on this basis.

As an indeed successful head-start for this project, ESIT PhD student Albi Dode (pictured below), originally from Albania, translated the English Wikipedia article on tinnitus into his mother tongue, Albanian, which could be published shortly after submission, making it the first article on tinnitus for this language.

In fact, this new article has already become the Article of the Week on the Albanian Wikipedia platform! We are immensely proud of this achievement and congratulate Albi on his outstanding efforts in this regard that could likely be of benefit to tinnitus patients and health care professionals in Albania, Kosovo or other Albanian-speaking regions! Përgëzime!

The article can be accessed here or by clicking on the image above.

Further ESIT-led Wikipedia updates for a variety of languages will follow shortly and we're very much looking forward to making a science-based impact on a wide-reaching, open-source platform like Wikipedia, and thereby increasing its reach even more. In fact, Wikipedia is frequently used by lay audiences and professionals alike as a first source of information on an almost endless variety of topics, importantly including health issues as well, which clearly highlights the importance of our project.

ESIT project PhD candidate Jorge Simoes, working at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the University of Regensburg, achieved a new publication entitled "Big Five Personality Traits are Associated with Tinnitus Improvement Over Time", in the open-access scientific journal Nature Scientific Reports, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-53845-4.

For this article, Jorge collaborated with ESIT's Winfried Schlee, Martin Schecklmann, Berthold Langguth, Patrick Neff, as well as Daria Fahrahmand.

The paper can freely be accessed here.

Congratulation from the whole ESIT consortium on this outstanding success, and we're already looking forward to new publications from members of our pan-European research teams!

In November, ESIT Project Scientific Coordinator and PhD supervisor PD Dr Winfried Schlee was kindly invited to present recent tinnitus research findings to the very active German patient organisation "Hast du Töne? - Leben mit Tinnitus" (German for: "Hearing Sounds? - Living with Tinnitus" in the city of Bergisch-Gladbach.

It was a thoroughly informative event for both sides, patients and research, and we are convinced that collaboration and exchange between these two "stakeholders" is indeed crucial, thence an important focus of ESIT generally. For this very reason, besides "Hast du Töne?", the international self-help organisation "Tinnitus Hub" (see reports below) is also an integral part of the ESIT consortium.

We'd like to thank Holger Crump, founder and director of the patient group, very much indeed for their invitation and are already looking forward to all upcoming common projects and cooperation with the ultimate aim of finding therapies for individual tinnitus patients.

                           

Jorge Simoes, ESIT PhD researcher at the University of Regensburg, achieved a further publication towards his dissertation, titled Big Five Personality Traits are Associated with Tinnitus Improvement Over Time in the open-access journal Nature Scientific Reports, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-53845-4. Congratulations from all of ESIT for this success!

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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From November 5 to 7, 2019, we were honoured and delighted to follow the invitation to attend this year's ICPerMed (International Consortium on Personalised Medicine) Workshop and, additionally, a special Cluster Event for MSCA (Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Action) ITNs (Innovative Training Networks) in Madrid, Spain, organised jointly by the ICPerMed Secretariat as well as the Research Executive Agency (REA) of the European Commission. To represent ESIT, it was attended by Project Scientific Coordinator Winfried Schlee, supervisors Antonio López-Escámez and Ruediger Pryss, as well as Project Network Manager Axel Schiller.

                                      

The ICPerMed's detailled report on the Workshop can be accessed here.

This has been a most exceptional opportunity to learn about ongoing cutting-edge research on personalised medicine (PM) in Europe and far beyond, and to showcase and discuss ESIT's multifaceted contribution in this regard. In fact, a significant number of our PhD students' projects are explicitly concerned with the currently much-discussed area of PM (e.g. with regards to genetics, psychological theories, data science, and even digital health) and we were happy to share and debate our experiences with thirteen other MSCA ITNs covering all over Europe as well as to establish new interdisciplinary contacts.

We'd like to thank the REA as well as the ICPerMed very much for their kind invitation and perfect organisation of this international event, and are indeed looking forward to further fruitful collaboration in PM!

                                          

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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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