About this event

  • Date and time Fri 8 Mar 2024 from 10:00am to 8 Mar 2024 at 5:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Laryngology and Rhinology, Otology

Watch the pre-recorded version of this event to learn about innovations in otology and rhinology and how these can be applied to your clinical practice. Through a 'Dragon’s Den' session and a series of presentations and debates, attendees will learn about new and emerging innovations that will change practice in ENT and the process required to take ideas from bench to bedside.

By attending this event, you will:

  • Highlight the process in the development of novel treatments
  • Understand how developments in artificial intelligence may shape future practices in ENT
  • Understand how innovations can be developed and produced for the healthcare market
  • Learn about innovative interventions that are changing practices in otology, rhinology and sleep disorders
  • Be able to join the Dragons' Den to evaluate innovation proposals

This pre-recorded webinar will be available seven days after the in-person event on 1 March 2024. Registered event participants will receive the link to the recording via email on 8 March 2024 to watch on-demand for up to 60 days.

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The Laryngology, Rhinology and Otology Sections would like to thank our Annual Sponsors Medtronic and Oticon Medical for their valued support of the 2023 to 2024 Academic Programme. We would also like to thank our sponsors Carleton Medical Ltd, DP Medical Systems Ltd, Inspire Medical Systems, Minim Healthcare, Olympus, Severn Healthcare, Soluvos Medical and Stryker for their support of this meeting.
Please note that none of the companies listed has had any influence or involvement over the agenda, content or organisation of these meetings.


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Morning session: Otology

Welcome and introduction

Professor Peter Rea, President, Otology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Presentation of Intercollegiate Medal and Mr N Shah ENT Innovations Award

Dragon's Den

Chair: Mr Krishan Ramdoo, Founder and CEO of Tympa


  • Miss Cath Rennie, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Mr Julian Hamann, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
  • Mr James Tysome, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ms Irumee Pai, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital


  • Dr James Arwyn-Jones, ENT Registrar, PhD Fellow, Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
  • Tanya Ta, National Institute for Health and Care Research, Academic Clinical Fellow, Specialist Training Year 2, University of Birmingham, West Midlands Deanery
How I took my innovation to market – and the lessons I learnt

Mr Patrick Axon, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Comfort break
Intracochlear gene therapy for Norrie disease

Dr James Arwyn-Jones

Matthew Yung short paper prize oral presentation

Why be an academic?

Mr Haroon Saeed, Clinical Research Fellow, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Local anaesthetic balloon eustachian tuboplasty in outpatients – based on our extensive experience

Mr Mark Ferguson, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Advances in auditory implant technology

Miss Sonia Kumar, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust


Afternoon session: Laryngology and Rhinology

Welcome and introduction

Professor Claire Hopkins, President, Laryngology and Rhinology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Dragon's Den 2

Chair: Mr Krishan Ramdoo


  • Miss Cath Rennie
  • Mr Julian Hamann
  • Mr James Tysome
  • Ms Irumee Pai


  • Issa Beegun, Post Certificate of Completion of Training, Royal College of Surgeons of England, Rhinology Fellow, Imperial Health
  • Dominic Jaikaransingh, Core Surgical Trainee, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), St. Marys Hospital
New innovations in office-based rhinology

Mr Pavol Surda, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

From bench to bedside: How to take an innovative idea to clinical practice

Miss Catherine Rennie, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Comfort break
Short debate
03:35pm - Have we let robots take over head and neck surgery?

Professor Vinidh Paleri, Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

03:50pm - Is there still a role for extracapsular tonsillectomy in children?

Miss Sujata De, Consultant Paediatric ENT Surgeon, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and ENT: Navigating the future

Mr Eishaan Bhargava, Locum Consultant ENT Surgeon, Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust

Innovations in the management of snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Mr Yakubu Karagama, Consultant ENT Surgeon and Laryngologist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Closing remarks

Professor Claire Hopkins, President, Laryngology and Rhinology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Close of meeting



Registration for this event will close on 8 March 2024 at 8:00am (GMT). Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time.

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

We are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. This is at the presenter and the RSM’s discretion.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

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