Novel interventions for the human cochlea: Emerging research and therapies followed by Concert: Music and mental health


Thursday 5 February 2015


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Otology Section , British Society of Otology, Action on Hearing Loss


6 CPD points

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about this event

This meeting will provide an update on the regenerative biology of the inner ear. Organised in association with the British Society of Otology and Action on Hearing Loss, it aims to highlight the current advances in gene-therapy relevant to hearing restoration and discuss the place of stem cell transplantation in neurosensory restoration. Clinicians will be also informed about recent biological advances in tinnitus therapy and how laboratory findings may impact the treatment of common inner ear conditions such as ageing, Meniere’s disease and vestibular failure.

By the end of the meetings, delegates will also have an understanding of:

  • How novel drug delivery systems may be optimised for treating humans
  • How microfabricated and nanomechanical devices could be applied to the inner ear
  • How linear and rotational accelerometers measure the ear’s vibrations and fluid motion
  • Fostering  ‘bench to bedside’ collaboration between clinicians and scientists
  • Enhancing the public and patients understanding of the value of inner ear research


This wide ranging programme of lectures and presentations will bring together an international array of speakers from the UK, Sweden, Japan, France and the USA. The evening concludes with a concert by singers and pianists from the Royal College of Music on the theme of "Music and mental health". Everyone is welcome to attend the concert as a stand-alone event, which is available to book separately.

If you are attending the day meeting and would like to stay for the concert, please specify this when booking.

We are most grateful to Advanced Bionics UK Ltd, Cochlear Europe Ltd and Med-El UK for supporting this conference.



10.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

10.30 am

Opening remarks: Setting the scene, review educational objectives

Professor Gerard O’Donoghue, President, Otology Section

10.35 am


Mr Ralph Holme, Action on Hearing

Professor Shakeel Saeed

10.45 am

Ultrastructure and macromolecular organization of the human cochlea

Professor Helge Rask Andersen, Sweden

11.05 am

Transplanting stem cells in the inner ear: Current concepts

Professor Juichi Ito, Professor and Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan

11.25 am

Stem cells and the potential for hearing restoration in man

Professor Marcelo Rivolta, Professor of Sensory Stem Cell Biology, University of Sheffield

11.45 am

Registrar research vignette: Stem cell therapies for sensorineural hearing loss: Understanding the role of cochlear glial cells

Mr Ali Sameer Mallick, MRC Clinical Research Training Fellow, University of Sheffield

Professor Douglas Hartley, Nottingham

11.50 am

Vestibular neuroepithelium: Regenerative biology and therapeutics

Professor Andrew Forge, Professor of Auditory Cell Biology, University College London

12.10 pm

Ultrastructure and the design of auditory prostheses

Professor Helge Rask Anderson, Sweden

12.30 pm

Registrar research vignette: Developing a mouse model of cochlear implantation

Ms Nina Mistry, ENT ST5, UCL Ear Institute

12.35 pm


1.00 pm


Mr Gavin A J Morrison, Consultant Otologist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

2.00 pm

Registrar research vignette: Defining the role of integrins in the repair and regeneration of hair cells in the human vestibular system

Miss Kiran Hussain, Specialist Trainee in ENT/Research Fellow, UCL Ear Institute

2.05 pm

Biological approaches to tinnitus suppression

Professor Alain Uziel, Head, Department of Otolaryngology, University Hospital of Montpellier, France

2.25 pm

Gene therapy and novel drug delivery systems

Professor Juichi Ito, Japan

2.45 pm

Hair cell protection and repair during treatment with ototoxic drugs

Professor Corne Kros, Professor of Neuroscience, University of Sussex

3.05 pm

Registrar research vignette: Otoprotection to mitigate the effects of noise-induced hearing loss: A panacea or a fallacy?

Mr Raguwinder Sahota, NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow and ENT SpR, University of Nottingham

Ms Laura Viani, Director and Founder, National Cochlear Implant Programme, Beaumont Hospital and Children’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

3.10 pm

Microfabricated devices for measurement of vibrations and fluid motion

Professor Harold Craighead, Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics and the Charles Lake Jr chaired Professor of Engineering, Cornell University, USA

3.30 pm

British Society of Otology lecture: Robotics and the inner ear

Professor Olivier Sterkers, Professor and Chairman, ENT Department, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Hospital Pitié Salpétrière, Paris

Clinicians' panel

Mr Richard Irving, President, British Society of Otology

3.55 pm

Accelerating translational change in hearing practice

Mr Steve Broomfield, Bristol, Mr Chris Coulson, Managing Director, endoscope-i and ENT Consultant, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, Associate Professor Douglas Hartley, Nottingham and Professor Jaydip Ray, Sheffield

4.30 pm

Close of meeting


6.30 pm

Music and mental health

Mr Nick Sears, Head of Vocal Studies, Royal College of Music

7.30 pm

End of recital

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