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!


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!

ESIT PhD student Matheus Lourenco, researching at Maastricht University and KU Leuven, recently contributed to an article on tinnitus for the Dutch weekly magazine Libelle.

We are very proud of Matheus for promoting his highly relevant psychological and psychotherapeutical research on tinnitus in this accessible format and thank Libelle for their interest in this topic that is of daily relevance to millions of people throughout Europe, either being affected by tinnitus themselves of through a family member or friend. Dank u wel!



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