UCL Ear Institute


Clinical Research

This is a branch of research that determines the effectiveness of medications, devices, and treatments intended to improve people’s health by organising systematic reviews of available literature and by conducting clinical research.

The RNTNEH is the UK’s largest ENT hospital and is Europe's centre for ENT research. It is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence, unique in the breadth of knowledge and specialities in ENT. There is also a significant focus on paediatric ENT within the hospital.

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Otology research focuses on investigations into the external, middle and inner ear, particularly with regards to hearing and balance, together with their diseases, diagnoses and treatments. Audiology research seeks to understand the structure and function of the hearing organ and hearing pathways in the brain. It also looks at the causes and impact of deafness and hearing problems on physical, mental and cognitive health. Treatments consist of medications or surgery, including hearing device implantation.

Vestibular medicine focuses on research in balance disorders, which can include dizziness due to acute vestibular dysfunction and Meniere’s disease.

Audiovestibular medicine concerns the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of patients with hearing and balance disorders.

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Rhinology research investigates the mechanisms underlying nasal and sinus conditions, as well as the best methods of diagnosis and treatment for these conditions. Rhinology research areas include acute and chronic sinus disease, infection, nasal blockage/bleeding and tumours of the nose or skull base. Research is also conducted into allergies, with a specific focus on developing and testing novel treatments including immunotherapy.

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Head and Neck Laryngology

This includes the study and treatment of benign and malignant head and neck diseases. Head and Neck research aims to investigate the mechanisms underlying cancers and benign lesions within the head and neck, in addition to the best methods of diagnosis and treatment. This research requires multidisciplinary investigations, involving laboratory sciences, medical oncology, radiotherapy and ENT surgery, as well as partnership with maxillo-facial, plastic, ophthalmic and neuro-surgeons. 

Laryngology specifically focuses on the larynx, or voicebox - the organ in the neck responsible for voice production. Research in this area includes infections, reflux disease, benign tumours, and functional problems with voice and swallowing. Treatments can involve speech therapy, medication or surgery.

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Sleep Medicine

This is a subspecialty focused on the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disturbance and disorders. Research focuses on understanding the causes for sleep disturbance, developing investigations to assist in making diagnoses and testing the effectiveness of medical and surgical treatment options.   

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