The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) and the American Tinnitus Association (ATA) hosted our first ever joint networking event on Saturday at the Annual Midwinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) in San Jose. And the general feeling was that the meeting was a real success.

 

Torryn Brazell (ATA) and David Stockdale (BTA)

We had just under 50 delegates there, who represented a really good cross-section of the field. We had industry in the form of pharma and biotechs as well as manufacturers. We had tinnitus researchers, of course, and within that group we had both senior and new researchers to the specialty. We also had other researchers from the wider otolaryngology arena present, as well as some funders.

 

Event attendees

There were some fruitful interactions and discussions in the networking section of the event, before our speakers took to the floor. The theme of the evening was "Big Data" and we were very pleased to welcome:

  •  Christopher Cederroth from the Karolinska Institute, who spoke on "Tinnitus, Big Data and Genetics"
  •  Will Sedley from Newcastle University, who discussed "Tinnitus, Big Data and Objective Measures"
  •  Gary Curhan, from Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, whose presentation looked at "Tinnitus, Epidemiology and Big Data"

 

Gary Curhan, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health 

The talks went really well, too, and were certainly well received. There was some great engagement and discussion afterwards.

The feedback from the event has been universally strong and everyone agreed that it offered the opportunity to showcase tinnitus research, the BTA and the ATA in a different light. We are hoping that we can do this again in future years, building and developing the event so that it becomes a notable diary date for the ARO Annual Midwinter Meetings going forward.

I would also like to thank Neuromod for sponsoring this inaugural event. I am looking forward to working to turn this meeting into something that's a more permanent fixture in the calendar.