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Professor Anne Schilder, NIHR Research Professor Director
I lead the evidENT team and hold an NIHR Research Professorship to develop the evidence base for Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) medicine and surgery, ensuring new and current treatments in ENT are tested and evaluated so that patients can benefit from the best treatments in the field. I am Professor of Paediatric ENT at the UCL Ear Institute, the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital and at the University Medical Center Utrecht (The Netherlands). I am also a Visiting Professor in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at Oxford University.
I started my scientific career gaining an MSc in Epidemiology and a PhD in Medical Sciences at the Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen where I also trained as an ENT surgeon. I continued my career as a Clinician Scientist at the University Medical Centre Utrecht, where I built the Paediatric ENT Department into a national referral centre for children with upper respiratory disease.
In close collaboration with my expert colleagues at the Departments of Epidemiology, Primary Care and Paediatrics, I led a series of multicentre RCTs of medical and surgical treatments of upper respiratory tract infections and otitis media in children. These trials have been influential in the way global health-care systems think about the management of children with these conditions and have been translated in national and international evidence-based guidelines and health policies. From 2011 I continued my career in the UK and in 2012 became the President of the European Society of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology. With NIHR support through my roles as Research Professor, chair of the CCRN ENT Specialty Group and Joint Co-ordinating Editor of the Cochrane Collaboration ENT Disorders Group, and with support from the Royal College of Surgeons of England for my role as Surgical Specialty Lead for ENT, my evidENT team is committed to developing the evidence base for ENT, Hearing and Balance. We welcome collaboration with patients, industry and (inter)national researchers and clinicians.
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