UCL Ear Institute



Translational Research

evidENT is closely linked to the NIHR UCLH Biomedical Research Centre, forming a powerful bridge between the UCL Ear Institute’s world leading discovery science and the UCLH Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals’ clinical excellence. evidENT advises CROs, pharma, technology and biotech companies on the development and delivery of clinical trials.

Clinical Trials

We design and deliver clinical trials from phase I (first-in-man) to IV (post-marketing surveillance) across the spectrum of ENT, Hearing and Balance conditions. Please see the Research page for details on current trials.

Evidence Synthesis

evidENT works closely with Cochrane ENT (https://ent.cochrane.org/) to conduct high quality systematic reviews that inform our research programme.

Qualitative Research

We work closely with the UCL Department of Applied Health Research, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and University of Southampton Primary Care and Populations Sciences Department in our qualitative projects on hearing loss, novel hearing therapeutics and chronic rhinosinusitis.

Data Science

We answer important clinical questions by applying cutting edge data science, including data linkage, natural language processing and machine learning to our analyses of NHS clinical data. We work closely with data scientists and clinical teams across the UK through the NIHR Health Informatics Collaborative – Hearing Health

Teaching and Training

By promoting a strong culture of teaching and training, we support our students, junior doctors, nurses and audiologists to become confident researchers. We have guided a cohort of academic foundation doctors and clinical fellows towards PhD fellowships, supervised their PhDs and supported their further clinical academic careers. We engage with secondary school and medical students to give them opportunities to become part of our study teams. Our Mini-MD programme provides non-clinical scientists an opportunity to be embedded in the Royal National ENT Hospital’s clinical services and see their research through the patients’ and clinicians’ eyes. The evidENT team lectures on research methods at local and national BSc, MSc and ENT programmes and works with the NIHR Academy and NIHR CRN Workforce Development teams to develop capacity and capability for hearing research amongst practicing audiologists.

Health Policy

Together with the Department of Health and Social Care and Manchester and Nottingham BRC Hearing Themes, we are developing the ‘UK Action Plan on Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Research. We are represented as Commissioners and Consultants in the Lancet Commission on Global Hearing Loss and several team members are current NICE fellows.