European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus Research (ESIT)

A new preprint: Neurophysiological correlates of residual inhibition in tinnitus: Hints for trait-like EEG power spectra, by ESIT Fellow Stefan Schoisswohl at the University of Regensburg, together with supervisors/colleagues, DOI: 10.1101/2020.12.15.422892. All the best for this upcoming publication!

News in tinnitus genetics! Natalia Trpchevska, ESIT PhD candidate at Karolinska Institutet Stockholm, researched and published on Sex-Dependent Aggregation of Tinnitus in Swedish Families, Journal of Clinical Medicine, DOI: 10.3390/jcm9123812. Congratulations to Natalia and the entire team of multidisciplinary and international colleagues!

Highly up-to-date, ESIT Fellow Matheous Lourenco (KU Leuven/Maastricht University) and ESIT-associate Dr Laure Jacquemin, with international colleagues, recently published on Changes in Tinnitus Experiences during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Frontiers in Public Health, DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.592878. Congratulations to the team! 

An interesting commentary on genetic contributions to tinnitus "A New Buzz for Tinnitus - It's in the Genes!", by ESIT PhD candidate Natalia Trpchevska (Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm), and ESIT supervisors Christopher Cederroth (University of Nottingham/Karolinska Institutet) and Berthold Langguth (University of Regensburg), JAMA Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, DOI: 10.1001/jamaoto.2020.2919. Congratulations!

An article on the impacts of the chemotherapeutic drug cisplatin, "Circadian vulnerability of cisplatin‐induced ototoxicity in the cochlea", with contributions by ESIT supervisors Christopher Cederroth and Barbara Canlon, was recently published in the FASEB Journal, DOI: 10.1096/fj.202001236R. Congratulations from all ESIT!

Congratulations to a new publication by ESIT fellow Roshni Biswas (University of Nottingham/Mario Negri Institute, Milan) on the Epidemiology of Tinnitus, recently published in Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences, DOI: 10.1007/7854_2020_154. An important piece of tinnitus research with international reach and implications!

A further article by Sana Amanat (University of Granada/GENYO Lab Granada) titled "A Systematic Review of Extreme Phenotype Strategies to Search for Rare Variants in Genetic Studies of Complex Disorders" was published in August 2020, in MDPI Genes, DOI: 10.3390/genes11090987. Huge congratulations! 

Regensburg ESIT PhD candidates Jorge Simoes and Stefan Schoisswohl co-authored to a scientific paper with marked relevance to the current coronavirus crisis: The Effect of Environmental Stressors on Tinnitus: A Prospective Longitudinal Study on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, published in the MDPI Journal of Clinical Medicine, DOI: 10.3390/jcm9092756. Very well done!

ESIT doctoral researchers Muntazir Mehdi, Constanze Riha, and Albi Dode were able to publish highly innovative research on Smaprtphone and Mobile Health Apps for Tinnitus: Systematic Identification, Analysis and Assessment, in JMIR Mhealth Uhealth, DOI: 10.2196/21767. Congratulations!

A further publication by ESIT student Sana Amanat was recently achieved, on Genetic Inheritance and its contribution to Tinnitus, published in Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences, DOI: 10.1007/7854_2020_155. Important research on tinnitus research to which we congratulate Sana and the team at the University of Granada! 

ESIT supervisors Christopher Cederroth, Antonio Lopez-Escamez, Derek Hoare, Barbara Canlon and Silvano Gallus, as well as ESIT training member Jan Bulla, successfully published on the Association between Hyperacusis and Tinnitus, Journal of Clinical Medicine, DOI: 10.3390/jcm9082412. Many thanks and congratulations to this new ESIT paper contribution!

Congratulations from the entire consortium to Sana Amanat, ESIT PhD candidate at the University of Granada, for completing an insightful article on Heritability and Genetics Contribution to Tinnitus, published in the journal Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America, DOI: 10.1016/j.otc.2020.03.003.

Constanze Riha, ESIT doctoral researcher at the University of Zurich, achieved a further publication towards the completion of her PhD: Accounting for Heterogeneity: Mixed-Effects Models in Resting-State EEG Data in a Sample of Tinnitus Sufferers. This paper was published under the Open Access-framework in the journal Brain Topography, DOI: 10.1007/s10548-020-00772-7. We congratulate Constanze to this exeptional success!

ESIT PhD student Muntazir Mehdi (Ulm University), with contribution by ESIT PhD candidates Constanze Riha (University of Zurich) and Albi Dode (Ulm University) published their new article Smartphone Apps in the Context of Tinnitus: Systematic Review in the high-ranking open-access journal Sensors, DOI: 10.3390/s20061725. Congratulations to this outstanding achievemend and contribution to digital research in the tinnitus field!

A further article by Stefan Schoisswohl, ESIT PhD candidate at the University of Regensburg, entitled Short Term Tinnitus Surpression With Electric-Field Guided rTMS for Individualizing rTMS-Treatment: A Technical Feasibility Report was recently published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Neurology, DOI: 10.3389/fneur.2020.00086. Congratulation once again to Stefan and for contributing ESIT's 19th scientific publication overall!

Stefan Schoisswohl, ESIT PhD student at the University of Regensburg, achieved another publication towards his dissertation, entitled Amplitude Modulated Noise for Tinnitus Supression in Tonal and Noise-Like Tinnitus in the open-access journal Audiology & Neurotology DOI: 10.1159/000504593. Congratulation to Stefan for ESIT's 18th publication and the first of 2020!


It is with great pleasure for us to announce that ESIT Scientific Coordinator, PD Dr Winfried Schlee, tinnitus researcher at Regensburg University, received this year's tinnitus research award by the Foundation of Charité Berlin "Tinnitus und Hören" (German for "tinnitus and hearing")!

Due to the current special circumstances, the award was presented in a virtual ceremony online, on December 3.

This recognition is connected to a monetary prize, in support of further innovative tinnitus research.

The entire ESIT consortium is immensely proud of Winny Schlee's achievement and excited about upcoming developments in the field!

We're very thankful and happy to share a report from our Italian network partner, Istituto Mario Negri in Milan, on their engagement in tinnitus research! For this, their role in ESIT - hosting one Fellow as well as students' secondments and trainings - of course also plays a major part!

The news has just been published in the November edition of the Institute's magazine as well as on their website, and is available here (in Italian): 

Heartfelt thanks to the entire Mario Negri team for their ground-breaking work on tinnitus and their continuing contribution to ESIT! 

Part of the ESIT team at Istituto Mario Negri, March 2019

ESIT Fellow Natalia Trpchevska, researching for her PhD at Karolinska Institutet Stockholm, Sweden, in collaboration with her supervisors and colleagues, contributed a new scientific publication in the field of tinnitus genetics, congratulations!

The Open Access article Sex-Dependent Aggregation of Tinnitus in Swedish Families can be freely accessed here, or by clicking on the image below.

With this recent paper, we are proud of 36 ESIT scientific publications overall!

With news emerging about a new tinnitus treatment approach, bimodal neurostimulation, ESIT supervisor Prof Berthold Langguth at the University of Regensburg shared some insights in a recent interview with Tinnitus Science, a media channel dedicated to tinnitus and research about it.

An English version is available here (or by clicking on the image below), as is a German version here.

We congratulate Tinnitus Science and journalist Holger Crump very much for his engagement and their excellent work!

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