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Annual Tinnitus Research Review 2017. Copyright © British Tinnitus Association 2017. Editors: David Baguley & Nic Wray The editors would like to thank all the contributors for their support and enthusiasm. We would also like to thank the copyright owners of the images and figures reproduced in this publication for their permission to reproduce them either directly or via licence. We believe that all such work has been acknowledged, but please contact Nic Wray on if any have been inadvertently omitted. British Tinnitus Association Unit 5 Acorn Business Park Woodseats Close Sheffield S8 0TB 0114 250 9933 Registered charity no. 1011145 Company limited by guarantee no. 2709302, registered in England.

T British Tinnitus Association THE BRITISH TINNITUS ASSOCIATION RESEARCH PROGRAMME Dr Magdalena Sereda DR MAGDALENA SEREDA Senior Research Fellow British Tinnitus Association Head of Research, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, Nottingham, UK Magdalena is a Senior Research Fellow - British Tinnitus Association Head of Research at the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. Her research focuses on assessing the effectiveness of NHS contracted sound therapy options for tinnitus including hearing aids and combination hearing aids. Magdalena graduated from Warsaw University in Biology and obtained a PhD in Neuropsychology from the Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw. As a Guest Researcher at Humboldt University, Berlin she was researching animal models of tinnitus. In 2007 she started working as a Career Development Fellow at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research in Nottingham to look at objective characterisation of tinnitus using magnetoencephalography. Over the years Magdalena's research has concentrated on several aspects of the functioning of the auditory system, including cochlear implant technology and tinnitus. She has 16 years’ experience of working with people with different hearing disorders including tinnitus sufferers, cochlear implant users and deaf adolescents. The vision of the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) is “A world where no one suffers from tinnitus” [1], therefore the BTA’s research programme concentrates on the areas leading towards achieving that goal. The BTA is currently supporting 14 active research projects involving 21 researchers from 9 institutes across the country, investing over half of its spending in the last year in research [2]. The BTA supported research concentrates around three main areas: Understanding tinnitus – with the view to facilitate the development of a cure Management – including existing and novel practice and treatment Prevention – use of ear protection by young people Understanding tinnitus Although research is ongoing, there is currently no pharmacological treatment that has been approved specifically for tinnitus. The route to developing new treatments is complex and involves extensive preclinical work before any testing in humans can begin. That includes developing a thorough understanding of the mechanisms involved in tinnitus generation, identifying therapeutic targets, investigating what effects the drug can have on the organism, checking if the drug is safe, estimating a dose for use in people etc. Usually, both in vitro (studies with microorganisms, cells or molecules outside of the body) and in vivo (studies involving living organisms) are needed before the new treatment can be tested in a series of clinical trials. Dr Martine Hamann from the University of Leicester is currently conducting an early work that is looking at molecular mechanisms of tinnitus and aims to identify novel genetic targets that can be used in the treatment of hearing loss and tinnitus. Annual Tinnitus Research Review 2017 5

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