We're delighted to announce the first recipient of £125,000 through our 2020/21 large research grant funding programme. The grant is going to King’s College London and the University of Nottingham for their study which aims to identify tinnitus biomarkers, using the health and genetics data of twins.

The two-year research project is led by Prof Frances Williams, Professor of Genomic Epidemiology at King’s College London, and Dr Christopher Cedderoth, Associate Professor in Hearing Sciences at the University of Nottingham. Using data from TwinsUK and the Karolinska Institutet’s Swedish Tinnitus Outreach Project, they will be looking for biomarkers – or special molecules – in the blood that can help to objectively diagnose and/or predict who will develop tinnitus.

“We’re really pleased to have been awarded a grant from the BTA, to allow us to take this significant project forward. We hope that using the large sample from TwinsUK will help us identify a blood molecule which will provide an objective, reliable indicator of tinnitus. This would allow the development of a blood test for tinnitus, leading to it being defined as a “disorder” rather than symptom, and providing an objective measure of a subjective condition.” Professor Frances Williams

This project is an important study and could provide essential information that will propel new research towards a cure.

BTA's large research grants

This is the first of two projects to be funded from our £250,000 large research grant funding programme in 2020/21, which is the highest amount we've ever awarded, and cements our position as one of the largest tinnitus research funders in the UK. We'll be announcing the second successful recipient in early 2021.

Tinnitus research is dramatically underfunded and we’re committed to funding, supporting and lobbying for what’s needed to silence tinnitus once and for all. 

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