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Audiology Champions amplifying the profile of ENT studies

Date: 20 September 2018

The NIHR Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialty, has identified a need to increase the number of Principal Investigators to support the delivery of hearing research studies. This resulted in a key objective for the specialty to introduce an Audiology Champions in each of the 15 Local Clinical Research Networks (LCRNs) across England.

Anne Schilder, National Specialty Lead for ENT says:

“It’s a very exciting time for ENT research right now. New drug treatments and innovative hearing aids offer real promise to patients with hearing loss and these innovations need to be tested in clinical trials. That means we need to grow capacity and capability of clinicians involved in the care of patients with hearing loss, to contribute to these trials. Audiology Champions in each LCRN will support portfolio development for ENT research and we are very pleased about how this work is progressing.”

The role of the Audiology Champion is to provide advice and assistance to Principal Investigators of all current ENT portfolio studies, promote and raise awareness of current and upcoming hearing, tinnitus and balance studies on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio within their region, as well as presenting at national and international professional meetings.

Gemma Crundwell, Audiology Champion for the Eastern region and Hearing Implant Audiologist at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says:

“My role as an Audiology Champion has hugely increased my awareness of what clinical research is happening at both a local and national level. It’s great to be able to share this knowledge with colleagues and increase local participation in research. 

“Part of my role is to encourage and support departments to register as research sites. This provides local clinicians with great professional development opportunities, and knowing there is a local Audiology Champion they can turn to if they need help setting up or running a research project is really beneficial. Patients also benefit from the increasing levels of hearing research in the region, getting a chance to receive cutting edge treatments and providing data which can be used to improve future treatments.”

Read more about the Audiology Champion in the Summer issue of British Academy of Audiology magazine (pages 7-9).

For more information on Audiology Champions please contact Gemma Crundwell.


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