About this event

  • Date and time Wed 29 Sep 2021 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Otology, The British Society of Otology

This webinar will explore the role of genetics in hearing loss. This expanding field is an area of rapid development and is likely to have significant ramifications for the assessment and treatment of hearing loss in the future. The event is hosted by the RSM Section of Otology and the British Society of Otology. 

An expert panel will present updates on the latest development in the field of genetic testing for hearing loss, including ethical considerations, counselling, and practical aspects of genetic testing.  

Each session includes the opportunity for participants to ask questions to the experts.

Aims for this event include:

  • Provide a contemporary update on the field of genetic testing in hearing loss
  • Discuss ethics and counselling issues surrounding this field
  • Review the integration of genetic testing in clinical practice
  • Provide a practical approach to the genetics of hearing loss for clinicians 

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

We would like to thank our sponsors Cochlear Europe Ltd and Decibel Therapeutics for their support of this webinar. Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsors

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View the programme


Mr Philip Robinson , President, Otology Section, Royal Society of Medicine 


Professor Manohar Bance

NHS testing panel, ethics and counselling from leads at two national centres

Dr Emma Burkitt-Wright, Consultant Clinical Geneticist, Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine, Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester

Dr Emma Clement, Consultant in Clinical Genetics and Genomic Medicine, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Genetics in clinical otology practice

Dr Ronald Pennings, Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen , Netherlands 

Practical aspects of genetic testing – who and how?

Professor Soumit Dasgupta, Consultant Audio vestibular Physician, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Using Gene Therapy to Address Unmet Need in the Treatment of Genetic Hearing Loss

Dr Orion Paul Keifer Junior, MD, PhD, Senior Medical Director, Decibel Therapeutics Inc

Panel discussion
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Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Special rates for difficult times
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 Series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

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