About this event

  • Date and time Fri 4 Nov 2022 from 9:15am to 12:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Otology

Free for RSM Members

In the first in-person Otology Section meeting of the academic year, join this Presidential Address by Professor Manohar Bance to review the lifelong journey of clinician-scientists and provide goals for the year of learning in the Section. Also, attend the lecture focused on Meniere's Disease to review new and old knowledge and challenge common assumptions about it.

Event participants will:

  • Understand what does and does not trigger Meniere’s attacks 
  • Understand the utility of new imaging modalities for Meniere’s Disease 
  • Appreciate variability in the treatment of complex cases  

Click here to attend Presidential address and Repair of 'nose and face' function in the afternoon.

A CPD certificate with 1 credit will be issued to those attending. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the event for those who attend in person.

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The Otology Section would like to thank our Annual Sponsor KARL STORZ Endoscopy (UK) Ltd for their valued support of the 2022 to 2023 Academic Programme. We would also like to thank our sponsor Oticon Medical 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.

Key speakers

Jonny Harcourt

Mr Jonny Harcourt

Consultant Otologist and Skullbase Surgeon, Imperial Hospitals NHS trust

Speaker's biography

Jonny Harcourt has been a Consultant Otologist with a special interest in Neurototlogy and particularly Meniere’s disease for over 20 years and has published widely on the topic including the outcomes of intratympanic tretaments for the condition and has been recently involved in developing a national registry for the condition. 

Professor Manohar Bance

Professor Manohar Bance

Otologist/Neurotologist and clinician-scientist, University of Cambridge and the inaugural Professor, Otology and Skull Base Surgery, University of Cambridge, UK

Speaker's biography

Manohar Bance is an Otologist/Neurotologist and clinician-scientist at Cambridge University, and the inaugural Professor of Otology and Skull Base Surgery at the University of Cambridge, UK. Previously he was Professor and Head of the Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Dalhousie University until April 2017, where he was also Director of the EAR and SENSE labs.


Prof. Bance is active in all aspects of ear and skull base surgery, particularly recently in cochlear and auditory implants, and hearing restoration biotechnologies. He has held many research grants in these areas. He is the incoming chair for BCIG and is a member of numerous international societies. Prof Bance has published 215 papers to date, as well as 12 book chapters, and is on many editorial boards.


Dr Karolina Kluk

Dr Karolina Kluk

Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester

Speaker's biography

Karolina Kluk is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Manchester and is an expert in psychoacoustics and electrophysiology of hearing impairment. She completed her PhD in psychoacoustics at the University of Cambridge, supervised by Professor Brian CJ Moore. She was awarded the Pauline Ashley Prize from Deafness Research UK, which allowed her to gain experience of electrophysiological techniques for human auditory research at the Evoked Response Laboratory of Professor Terry Picton at the University of Toronto. Her research falls within two core themes that can be classified as auditory neuroscience (fundamental research relating to the basic auditory function and cross-interaction between auditory and vestibular systems) and translational hearing science (applied translational research focused on objective hearing-function assessment). Her work is funded by research grants from a variety of sources including the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Wellcome Trust, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), charities and international industries. She is an Associate Lead for Optimised Hearing Assessment Theme of Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and a Hearing Health Lead within Rapid Translation Incubator of BRC. 

Professor Robert Gurkov

Professor Robert Gurkov

Lecturer, University of Munich

Speaker's biography

Prof. Gürkov is an Otolaryngologist practicing and teaching in Munich, Germany.


His clinical and scientific focus has been on Neurotology, both diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, and especially the field of Meniere's Disease, including 3 randomized controlled trials with 3 different treatment modalities.


His group introduced clinical imaging of endolymphatic hydrops in Europe in the late 2000s and has since then conducted numerous studies on the correlations between clinical features and functional test results.


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Presidential address and handover

Mr Jeremy Lavy, President, Otology Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Professor Manohar Bance, President Elect, Otology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Presidential address continued and aims for the year

Professor Manohar Bance

Tea and coffee break
What triggers Meniere’s attacks: A population based view

Dr Karolina Kluk, Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester

Imaging for the diagnosis of Meniere’s

Professor Robert Gurkov, Lecturer, University of Munich

Meniere’s Diseases vs Vestibular Migraine: Tips and tricks for distinguishing diagnosis

Mr Jonathan Harcourt, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Royal Brompton Trust

Panel discussion: Managing Meniere’s Disease

Chair: Mr Simon Freeman, Consultant, Salford Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Lunch (pre-registration required)



Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Registration for this event will close on 3 November 2022 at 1:00am (GMT). Late registrations will not be accepted.

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