The National Institute for Health Research, Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit (NIHR Nottingham Hearing BRU), is the only one of national charity Deafness Research UK’s five ‘Auditory Centres of Excellence’ (ACE) to specialise in the neuroimaging of hearing loss and tinnitus and its scientists will use the event to highlight how ongoing support has helped to make the Nottinghamshire ACE a respected world authority on tinnitus research.
Deafness Research UK continues to support ACE research and is currently funding “Innovative approaches for characterising tinnitus”, supervised by the centre director Professor Deborah Hall and PhD student Jeff Davies. The project is one of eight research projects the centre is currently undertaking. Tinnitus is one of the most common chronic hearing-related conditions in the world. Around five million people in the UK suffer from the condition. Yet the mechanisms of tinnitus remain poorly understood and something this centre aims to address.
‘As one of our ACE units, the centre in Nottingham has made enormous strides in advancing our understanding of tinnitus and we are proud of our continued involvement in this groundbreaking research,” said Vivienne Michael, Chief Executive of Deafness Research UK. ‘We are looking forward to this event, which is important to show supporters just where their money goes and how their contribution is making the UK, and Nottingham especially, a world leader in tinnitus research.’
Few outside the world of research realise that such cutting edge scientific centres are literally on our doorstep, as the common misconception remains that the majority of scientific advances are made overseas; while the fact is the UK remains a driving force in new research.
‘We are looking forward to welcoming Deafness Research UK and many of our other key supporters to our open event. It’s important to demonstrate what we have achieved over the last four years while reminding everyone much work still remains to be done in tinnitus research,’ said Centre Director, Professor Deborah Hall. ‘While there are a range of management options for tinnitus, there is little high-quality supporting evidence in experimental medicine for their effectiveness. Our overall aim remains to create reliable knowledge that can underpin evidence-based practice for people with tinnitus.’
Established in 2008, the Unit continues to attract the finest research minds not just from the UK but from around the world, bringing together well established, internationally recognised experts to work alongside some of the best and brightest young emerging talent.
The event gets underway on 12 September. Anyone who would like to know more about this specific event, the Nottingham ACE, or how they can support such groundbreaking research work can contact Deafness Research UK.