Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

EU promotes interdisciplinary tinnitus research through ESIT programme

03.05.2017

3.8 million euros for the development of new research and treatment methods

Chronic tinnitus affects around 42 million people in Europe. For many sufferers, the annoying ringing in the ear leads to significant long-term reduction in their quality of life. The precise symptoms vary greatly, and at present there is no single cure. Meanwhile the number of patients is rising steadily, and could double by 2050 if current trends continue.


ESIT pushes the research on tinnitus

UKR

There is an urgent need to encourage research on tinnitus, and to promote interdisciplinary work developing new concepts and sharing data. As part of its research and development programme “Horizon 2020”, the EU is making 3.8 million euros available for the “European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus Research” (ESIT), in order to gather data on a systematic interdisciplinary basis, to research new treatment methods, and to train 15 young scientists for work in the field.

Innovative research methods are to be employed, the first genetic studies of tinnitus will be carried out, and the largest pan-European tinnitus database will be developed. The aim is to lay the foundation for an individualized and evidence-based treatment of tinnitus.

The ESIT programme is set to run for four years, and will be co-ordinated by the tinnitus centre at the Regensburg University Hospital. In all, twelve universities from ten EU member states and 34 other academic and non-academic partners will be participating in the project. It is the close co-operation of academic, clinical and industrial partners, and the involvement of patient organisations and health authorities that makes the programme so unique.

Dr Winfried Schlee, who co-ordinates the ESIT, explains: “The ESIT makes it possible for the first time ever to create a common foundation and a universally agreed framework for the future in what has so far been a badly fragmented research landscape. Tinnitus research requires a close co-operation of all disciplines, in order to find innovative individual solutions for a highly diverse disorder profile.

I am delighted that with the support of the EU and an excellent array of partner institutions we have made a significant step towards realizing our goals.” Among the industrial partners are experts and technological leaders whose solutions are already being used in tinnitus research and treatment. These include the BEE Group, Brain Products, Cochlear, Del Bo Technologia, Medien LB, Pinpoint Scotland, Sensorian, Sivantos und Sonormed.

“The ESIT gives us the unique opportunity to bring all the key players together in a single project which will set the course for the tinnitus research and treatment of the future. We are very pleased to be a part of this”, says Jörg Land, founder and director of Sonormed GmbH.

Professor Deborah Hall, Deputy Director of the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, University of Nottingham (NHBRU), stands up for high standards in the academic education of the 15 PhD students in ESIT. She explains: “ESIT will be the first ever co-ordinated academic training programme for early-career researchers seeking to pursue a career in this growing field. The ESIT training is inspiring because it focuses on the personal qualities, knowledge and skills to work with others and ensure the wider impact of research, as well as encompassing the more traditional elements of knowledge-based skills and professional standards training. ESIT training promotes closer international interaction because it provides all participants with study opportunities in other organisations and in other EU countries. These are truly exciting times for tinnitus research.”

The ESIT partners cover the clinical fields of audiology, otolaryngology, psychology, psychiatry and neurology. Researchers from the following fields are also involved: epidemiology, genetics, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, software development and data mining. In the first instance, all the fields will conduct coordinated research and development, taking as their starting point the tinnitus treatment strategies which are currently best documented: cognitive behavior therapy, acoustic stimulation and electrical or magnetic neurostimulation.

With the final approval of EU funds, the ESIT programme officially begins in April 2017, and will be financed for a period of four years. The first job offers are already published and interested students are invited to apply within the next few weeks. Details of the programme and updates on its progress will be released online over a central internet presence which can be found under http://esit.tinnitusresearch.net.

The ESIT Partners

Scholarship Candidates
The ESIT programme will finance 15 research positions for doctoral students across the EU. These junior scholars will work at the following universities, supervised jointly by the universities’ own chairs and the ESIT’s central training programme.
• Universitätsklinikum Regensburg, DE
• University of Nottingham, UK
• Instituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, IT
• Karolinska Institutet, SE
• Fundación Pública Andaluza para la Investigación Sanitaria de Andalucía Oriental, ES
• Universität Ulm, DE
• Rijksuniversiteit Groningen , NL
• Maastricht University, NL
• Universität Zürich, CH
• Paris-Lodron Universität Salzburg, AT
• Niwersytet Medyczny w Łodzi, PL
• Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, FR

Academic Partners
Six additional academic partners will support the education of the PhD students and their research:
• Universidad de Granada, ES
• Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, DE
• Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg, DE
• Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE
• University College London, UK
• Tartu Ülikool, EE

Industrial Partners
In order to facilitate the transfer of academic knowledge and technical innovations, ESIT promotes the mutual exchange between research institutions and industrial partners:
• BEE Group AG, CH
• Brain Products GmbH, DE
• Cochlear Technology Centre Belgium, BE
• Del Bo Technologia per l’ascoloto SRL, IT
• Medien LB Medien für Lehrpläne und Bildungsstandards GmbH, DE
• Pinpoint Scotland Ltd, UK
• Sensorion SA, FR
• Sivantos GmbH, DE
• Sonormed GmbH, DE
• Soterix Medical Inc., US

Patient organizations and public health sector
From the beginning of the project, ESIT wants to include the patient voice in the research process. Therefore, the following organizations are included as partners:
• British Tinnitus Association, UK
• European Federation of Tinnitus Associations, DE
• France acouphenes, FR
• Ménière’s Society, UK
• Tinnitus Research Initiative, DE
• Tinnitus Hub, UK
• Gesundheitsamt Regensburg, DE

Clinical Partners
Numerous clincial partners participate in the education of the PhD students and the conduction of the clinical studies:
• Adelante, NL
• UZA Antwerp University Hospital, NL
• Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK
• Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (APHP), FR
• Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie der Universität Regensburg am medbo Bezirksklinikum Regensburg, DE
• Charité Berlin, DE
• Universitätsspital Zürich, CH
• Tinnitus Clinic Athens, GR
• European Hospital Roma, IT
• Niwersytet Medyczny w Łodzi, PL
• CUF Infante Santo Hospital, PT

About ESIT
The European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus Research (ESIT) is an education program funded by the European Union with the goal to promote inter-disciplinary tinnitus research in Europe. Within the "Horizon 2020" program, the EU supports the ESIT program with 3.8 Mio. Euro for the next four years. ESIT educates 15 PhD students across Europe with outstanding academic as well as personal skills to perform excellent tinnitus research. Twelve universities from ten European countries and 34 academic, clinical and industrial partners will be coordinated by the University Clinic Regensburg to carry out the tinnitus research. Among the goals of the ESIT research project is the development of individualized treatment methods, first genetic studies on tinnitus, and building up the largest pan-European database for systematic and inter-disciplinary tinnitus research.

Further information to ESIT: http://esit.tinnitusresearch.net.
Further information to current tinnitus research: http://journal.frontiersin.org/researchtopic/4725/towards-an-understanding-of-ti....

Katja Rußwurm | idw - Informationsdienst Wissenschaft

Further reports about: Tinnitus research and development training programme

More articles from Awards Funding:

nachricht Tracking down the origins of gold
08.11.2017 | Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien gGmbH

nachricht Lasagni awarded with Materials Science and Technology Prize 2017
09.10.2017 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS

All articles from Awards Funding >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: A “cosmic snake” reveals the structure of remote galaxies

The formation of stars in distant galaxies is still largely unexplored. For the first time, astron-omers at the University of Geneva have now been able to closely observe a star system six billion light-years away. In doing so, they are confirming earlier simulations made by the University of Zurich. One special effect is made possible by the multiple reflections of images that run through the cosmos like a snake.

Today, astronomers have a pretty accurate idea of how stars were formed in the recent cosmic past. But do these laws also apply to older galaxies? For around a...

Im Focus: Visual intelligence is not the same as IQ

Just because someone is smart and well-motivated doesn't mean he or she can learn the visual skills needed to excel at tasks like matching fingerprints, interpreting medical X-rays, keeping track of aircraft on radar displays or forensic face matching.

That is the implication of a new study which shows for the first time that there is a broad range of differences in people's visual ability and that these...

Im Focus: Novel Nano-CT device creates high-resolution 3D-X-rays of tiny velvet worm legs

Computer Tomography (CT) is a standard procedure in hospitals, but so far, the technology has not been suitable for imaging extremely small objects. In PNAS, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) describes a Nano-CT device that creates three-dimensional x-ray images at resolutions up to 100 nanometers. The first test application: Together with colleagues from the University of Kassel and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht the researchers analyzed the locomotory system of a velvet worm.

During a CT analysis, the object under investigation is x-rayed and a detector measures the respective amount of radiation absorbed from various angles....

Im Focus: Researchers Develop Data Bus for Quantum Computer

The quantum world is fragile; error correction codes are needed to protect the information stored in a quantum object from the deteriorating effects of noise. Quantum physicists in Innsbruck have developed a protocol to pass quantum information between differently encoded building blocks of a future quantum computer, such as processors and memories. Scientists may use this protocol in the future to build a data bus for quantum computers. The researchers have published their work in the journal Nature Communications.

Future quantum computers will be able to solve problems where conventional computers fail today. We are still far away from any large-scale implementation,...

Im Focus: Wrinkles give heat a jolt in pillared graphene

Rice University researchers test 3-D carbon nanostructures' thermal transport abilities

Pillared graphene would transfer heat better if the theoretical material had a few asymmetric junctions that caused wrinkles, according to Rice University...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Ecology Across Borders: International conference brings together 1,500 ecologists

15.11.2017 | Event News

Road into laboratory: Users discuss biaxial fatigue-testing for car and truck wheel

15.11.2017 | Event News

#Berlin5GWeek: The right network for Industry 4.0

30.10.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

NASA detects solar flare pulses at Sun and Earth

17.11.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

NIST scientists discover how to switch liver cancer cell growth from 2-D to 3-D structures

17.11.2017 | Health and Medicine

The importance of biodiversity in forests could increase due to climate change

17.11.2017 | Studies and Analyses

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>