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I am currently an Associate Professor at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.
I am a biologist with 11 years of professional research experience in academia. My PhD, awarded in Geneva (Switzerland), aimed at understanding the effects and characterizing the molecular mechanisms of endocrine disruption mediated by phytoestrogens on sexual development, reproduction and metabolism.
For my post-doc, I decided to change domains and entered the field of hearing loss and tinnitus, which both have limited knowledge on the underlying mechanisms. At the Karolinska Institutet, preclinical work revealed the importance of chronotherapy in the treatment of noise-induced hearing loss. We recently found that cisplatin ototoxicity is greater when delivered during the awake phase, rather than during the sleep phase, revealing that chrono-delivered cisplatin may decrease the ototoxic side-effects of cisplatin.
In 2014, I was awarded a faculty funded Assistant Professorship at Karolinska Institutet, during which I aimed to investigate the molecular mechanisms causing auditory neuropathy and tinnitus. In order to understand the mechanisms of tinnitus generation and persistence, I recently evidenced in twins and adoptees that the familial transmission of tinnitus is influenced by genetics. With this aim in mind, I created the project STOP (Sweden Tinnitus Outreach Project, http://stop.ki.se) aiming at studying epidemiology, auditory profiles, diagnostic and genetics.
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My interest in Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) conditions stems from completion of ENT specialty training. Following this I made a career change to General Practice (GP) training where I recognized the scarcity of specific ENT training in the training of GPs.
In particular I recognized the medical aspects of ENT complaints such as tinnitus seemed to be sidelined both in GP training and ENT training. This led to the opportunity to be GP ENT educator for GP trainees in Northern Ireland as well as adviser on the NICE Tinnitus Guidelines.
I am passionate about GPs being better informed about tinnitus and in new ways to manage and help those with tinnitus live a full life.
John Phillips is a consultant ENT surgeon working at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. John trained at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London and was awarded a degree in Neuroscience at University College London.
John took up his consultant position in Norwich after completing a fellowship in Otology and Neurotology at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada. John's current practice is based around adult and paediatric otology and neurotology. John has a particular interest in patients with tinnitus and dizziness, and these two conditions are the focus of much of his research.
Dr Elizabeth Marks is a chartered clinical psychologist and she works as a clinician in the NHS with people who suffer with challenging audiovestibular conditions. She is also a researcher and a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Bath.
She is committed to finding the most helpful and effective ways of enabling people to be less distressed by persistent physical symptoms, particularly tinnitus. Her approach to psychological treatments for health conditions focuses on reducing their emotional, physical and attentional burdens, as part of a comprehensive and supportive multidisciplinary approach. She has published a number of articles on psychological approaches to tinnitus.
Lynsay is a senior audiologist based within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Her current role involves adult and paediatric diagnostic hearing assessment and rehabilitation, complex patients, tinnitus management as well as experience of electrophysiology in both an adult and paediatric setting. She has worked with students throughout her career and has had a supervisory role at Queen Margaret University as lab supervisor for Diploma and MSc Audiology students.
Lynsay has a particular interest in working with adults with tinnitus which has been the focus of her current research as she completes her MSc in Rehabilitative Audiology. Her other qualifications include a BSc (Hons) degree in Neuroscience from the University of Glasgow and a GDip in Audiology from Queen Margaret University.
Sue is Principal Hearing Therapist at Chime Social Enterprise: Audiology team based in Exeter, Devon. She has worked as a Hearing Therapist for many years, providing rehabilitation support for adults with hearing loss, balance disorders; and for both adults and children with hyperacusis, and tinnitus. Tinnitus management is a particular area of interest for her and in 2016 she completed an MSc in Mindfulness based approaches, focusing her research on mindfulness for adults with chronic tinnitus.
Sue was part of the working group which developed the British Society of Audiology’s national Practice Guidance on the management of Children with Tinnitus.
Sue is a co-ordinator of the South West Tinnitus Network, focused on providing peer review, training and information updates to those working in tinnitus management.
Dr Veronica Kennedy is a Consultant Audiovestibular Physician. While she worked for many years with adults with tinnitus, she is now the clinical lead for the Paediatric Audiology Service at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.
She has been a long time supporter of the BTA and was first a member of the PAC in 2007 going on to become Chair. She has since continued to work with the BTA on its ongoing Information Standard accreditation through the development and quality assurance of its leaflets.
Veronica was part of the working group which developed the British Society of Audiology’s national Practice Guidance on the Management of Children with Tinnitus and worked with the BTA on the development of a series of leaflets and workbooks to support children with tinnitus as well as their parents and teachers. She is also one of the faciliatators of the BTA course on the practical management of children with tinnitus
Will Sedley is an academic clinical lecturer at Newcastle University, dividing his time between research into brain mechanisms for tinnitus and clinical practice in neurology. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Nottingham in 2007, and completed his PhD at Newcastle University in 2015. His work in tinnitus is conducted on human volunteers, and has been ongoing since 2008, using a variety of brain recording methods including MRI and EEG. A particular area of interest is in automatic predictions made by the brain, and how these might contribute to developing tinnitus, or indeed to suppressing it.