European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus Research (ESIT)

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!

                                          

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! Please click here or on the image below to access the article: 

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!

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