European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus Research (ESIT)

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!

 

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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.

                                                    

For the Third ESIT Training School in Milan (see below), we were joined by the British Tinnitus Association's (BTA) chief executive, David Stockdale, and communications manager, Nic Wray! We are grateful for their valualbe insights and experiences they shared with us!

 

 

Their report can be accessed here: https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/blog/esit-training-school

Thank you very much again for your beneficial contribution!

During the Third ESIT Training School in Milan (see below), ESIT Training Coordinator Dr Derek Hoare (University of Nottinham, UK) and ESIT PhD supervisor Dr Rilana Cima (Universiteit Maastricht) had the great opportunity to talk to Hazel Goedhart, Director and Chief Strategist of the international patient non-profit organisation Tinnitus Hub about ESIT and the project state and progress.

 

 

This video was produced by Tinnitus Hub, a volunteer-based organisation run for tinnitus patients by tinnitus patients, and an official partner in the ESIT research consortium. Tinnitus Hub manages Tinnitus Talk, the largest online support community for tinnitus patients.

We'd like to thank Hazel Goedhart and Tinnitus Hub very much for their time and effort put into this interview!

On April 12, 2019, Jorge Simoes and Stefan Schoisswohl, ESIT PhD researchers at the University of Regensburg, participated in Regensburg's annual Science Night "Nacht.Schafft.Wissen 2019". This event aims to inform the interested public about recent developments in science and technology in an accessible, often interactive, format and at an exceptional time (late evening and night).

This was a great opportunity to showcase the ESIT project with its interdisciplinary and international approach to tinnitus research and to explain its aims and ambitions to a wide audience!

 

    

 

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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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