UCL Ear Institute




Royal Visit

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The UCL Ear Institute were thrilled to welcome HRH Prince Andrew The Duke Of York for a tour of their labs on Tuesday 11th February. Invited by Action On Hearing Loss, HRH met with the charity's Cheif Executive and Head of Biomedical Research as well as our Director Prof McAlpine and other leading scientists including Dan Jagger and Joerg Albert.

$4.4 Million grant: California stem cell agency funds UC Davis - UCL tissue-engineering research

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(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Led by two renowned throat surgeons and two highly regarded stem cell researchers, a joint UC Davis-UCL team has just received a $4.4 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to answer key scientific questions relating to the development of stem cell-driven airway transplants. The funding was part of the agency’s Disease Team grants, which are designed to bring stem cell solutions to patients with unmet medical needs through late preclinical science and clinical trials.

MSc Advanced Audiology Graduation Day 2013

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Warm congratulations to our first ever graduates of the MSc in Advanced Audiology! The graduation ceremony took place yesterday at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank and it was wonderful to celebrate the success of our students along with their friends and family members. Well done to Carolina Leal, Andria Kyamidou, Jagjit Singh, Arooj Majeed and Jocelyn Wright. These impressive ladies are changing the world of hearing healthcare one fabulous UCL audiologist at a time, and it is noteworthy to mention that 2 students graduated with distinction, while a further 2 received merit! This is such a great achievement and we are incredibly proud of them.

How your hearing aid could stop you getting dementia

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Great article about the relationship between hearing loss and dementia in Yesterday's Mail by Prof David McAlpine.

Work Experience Day

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Yesterday, the Ear Institute welcomed 30 year 10 & 11 students from 3 London Schools. They took part in a workshop designed to get students interested in persuing a career in health sciences...

Jonathan Fishman receives the RSM Laryngology Research Prize and RSM-Wesleyan Young Trainee of the Year

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Jonathan Fishman

Congratulations to Jonathan Fishman who received the Royal Society of Medicine Laryngology research prize this year and was subsequently shortlisted for and won the RSM-Wesleyan Young Trainee of the Year

Announcing the launch of the ABCIT 3 year research project

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Following a successful application to the European Union’s ‘FP7-HEALTH-2012-INNOVATION-2 funding programme, we are pleased to announce the launch of Advanced Bilateral Cochlear Implant Technology (ABCIT) a 3-year research project funded to the tune of €4M. ABCIT incorporates academic partners at the Ear Institute, Oldenburg University in Germany, and the French cochlear implant company Neurelec. ABCIT aims to enhance the spatial listening abilities of cochlear implant users, particularly those who receive the Neurelec binaural device. This device stimulates both implanted ears synchronously and has the potential to enhance the ability to locate the source of a sound, and to listen in noisy environments (cocktail party listening). By combining Neurelec’s implant technology with hearing-aid technology developed by Oldenburg’s spin-out group Hoertech, ABCIT aims to improve the hearing outcomes of the severely and profoundly deaf. Scientists and engineers across all locations will these combined approaches under simulated and real-world listening conditions to determine future implant designs.

Prof Ashmore's Royal Society Speech at Sir Andrew Huxley Memorial Event

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Sir Andrew Huxley, President of the Royal Society from 1980 to 1985, died on 30 May 2012. A memorial event in his honour was held on 17 October 2012 at the Royal Society. It will include presentations on various aspects of his scientific life from Professor Jonathan Ashmore, Sir John Bradfield, Mr Stewart Huxley, Professor Malcolm Irving, Professor Denis Noble, Sir Paul Nurse and Professor Roger Woledge. (Taken from Royal Society Website)

Jonathan Fishman receives MRC Centenary Award for £44,612

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Huge congratulations to Jonathan for receiving this prestigious award which has just been launched by the MRC to mark its 100 years, supporting the very best of its early career researchers to accelerate their research and their career development.

Joel Joseph's experience taking part in the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

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Joel Joseph with Danny Boyle

Joel Joseph, one of our Yr4 students, took part in the hugely spectacular olympic games opening ceremony viewed by an estimated one billion people worldwide!

BSc & MSc Poster Presentation Day

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The BSc and MSc prizes for academic performance in Audiology, Audiological Science, Advanced Audiology and Audio Vestibular Medicine were today presented to students at an afternoon ceremony at the Ear Institute.

UCLP ENT Presentations available for download

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Following the UCLP ENT launch event on 8th March at the Royal Free Hospital, the presentations given by the keynote speakers are now available for you to download:

Prof Adrian Davis interviewed on BBC Breakfast

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As  Director of the NHS Newborn Hearing Screening Programme, Professor Adrian Davis was interviewed on BBC breakfast this morning to mark the 5 millionth baby screening which took place today in Manchester.

Tributes to Lord Jack Ashley

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Lord Ashely

On 20th April 2012, disabled rights campaigner and co-founder of the Deafness Research UK charity passed away at the age of 88.

Prof Matrin Birchall is quoted in BBC health story

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 Prof Matrin Birchall is quoted in a BBC health story about organ regeneration.


Bridgitte Harley on BBC

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The Ear Institute was onthe  BBC again last night. Bridgitte Harley helped Eastenders actress Rita Simons cope with some of the decision making related to her six-year-old daughter's hearing loss.


Priya Singh appears on Bang Goes The Theory

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Our very own Dr Priya Singh talked to Dallas Campbell about the structure of the ear, and what causes hearing loss on the popular BBC science show Bang Goes the Theory which aired on Monday night.

Prof Schilder awarded HIHR Professorship

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Prof Anne Schilder

Prof. Anne Schilder is awarded National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) professorship for ENT Health Services Research! Eight of the UK’s most promising leaders in medical health research will be awarded a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) professorship, the Government announced today. Each professor will receive around £1.5m of funding to conduct research into conditions that affect millions of patients across the UK. Prof Schilder's project will 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.

UCLP-ENT Launch Day Announced

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An afternoon of lectures, stalls and refreshments has been announced to launch the UCL Partner's ENT Programme. Following a welcome address from Professor Sir John Tooke, Vice-Provost (Health), you will be introduced to the UCL Partner’s ENT programme which explores ways in which UCL science can improve the lives of those with communication and other disorders in our community.  

Laryngeal Research Study - Feb 2011

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Larynx (closed)

You are invited to participate in a research study about how the immune and bacterial systems in the lining of the larynx (voice box) responds to disease and environmental factors. You can participate in this study if you are a non-smoker or a smoker, or you have conditions known as reflux or vocal fold polyps and you meet our study criteria. This research study involves several procedures, including taking a recording of the appearance of your larynx, a pH monitoring for reflux and small tissue samplings from your false vocal fold.

Professor Martin Birchall UCL carries out landmark Voicebox Transplant

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Martin Birchall

The Ear Institutes Professor Martin Birchall has assisted in a laryngeal, trachea and Thyroid Gland transplant to an American patient who previously had no voice. She has now spoken for the first time in 11 years, and together with a team of surgeons at UC Davis Prof Birchall has carried out only the second documented voicebox transplant.

Hearing is not for the ears only

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David McAlpine, Professor of Auditory Neuroscience and Director of the UCL Ear Institute, has taken part in an audio programme with renowned deaf percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie for HearHere!, a joint venture by the Royal Philharmonic Society and Classic FM.

Learn more about the first Advanced Audiology Masterclass - Advances in Cochlear Implants

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The first of our Masterclass series is only a couple of weeks away. Visit the website to learn more.

Prof McAlpine is interviewed by the Times

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An article about tinnitus is published in the Times today which features an interview with David McAlpine. The jounalist (Richard Morrison) also describes how it feels to experience the condition for one day thanks to some work by Brad Backus.

Ear Institute welcomes the new BTA Fellow

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A warm welcome to Dr Roland Schaette who has recently joined the Ear Institute as a Research Fellow funded by the British Tinnitus Association.

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