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TINNET Management Committee in Brussels, 19 January 2015


WG 2 (Database/Subtyping) GP1 Meeting, Klagenfurt

On 29.-30. January 2014 the second WG2 "Database" Meeting in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Report

Christopher CederrothWe congratulate Christopher Cederroth, co-chair of the the TINNET genetics working group, to his appointment as Assistant Professor at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm.

Thanks to his professional advancement his laboratory can now focus on the prevention and cure of tinnitus and hearing loss. His laboratory tackles the problem with a dual approach i) using animal models of hearing loss and tinnitus to decipher the molecular pathways disrupted in the ear and/or in the brain and ii) using genetics in homogenous sub-types of tinnitus patients, having in aim the identification and validation of new targets for drug development. For the latter purpose, he recently created STOP "Swedish Tinnitus Outreach Project" where he identified from local cohorts more than 30'000 individuals with chronic tinnitus on which he wishes to perform in-depth phenotypic characterization (questionnaire and audiological subtyping). This will lead to a valuable pool of homogenous patients for their genetic analysis.

More information on the personal webpage of Christopher Cederroth.

Mr Patrick Neff, Zurich, Switzerland has visited the laboratory for neural plasticity and brain stimulation of the University of Regensburg (Germany) in December 2014 for the Short Term Scientific Mission "Detecting structural changes in tinnitus subtypes".

STSM Report

At the 12th Congress of the European Federation of Audiology Societies (EFAS), Deborah Hall (TINNET MC-member and leader of TINNET working group 5) will be chairing a tinnitus symposium on 29, May 2015. If any TINNET member is planning to attend and would be willing to make a short presentation as part of this symposium, please contact Deborah (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The first meeting of the Outcomes Work Group 5 from TINNET was held in Amsterdam. Nineteen participants attended this meeting. The group members made decisions on a number of key steps including making a fundamental distinction between defining 'what' to measure and identifying 'how' to measure it, and starting to create roadmap for the project over the four years and beyond.

The first meeting of the Genetics Work Group 4 from TINNET was held in Stockholm, at the Karolinska Institutet. Eight participants attended this meeting representing Sweden, Spain, Germany, Greece, Denmark and the Netherlands. The group members developed a step-wise approach to tackle the challenging aspects of understanding tinnitus in its genetics origins. This included a plan of action for addressing ethical issues, legal aspects, the design of the research studies, and finally the strategies for successful research funding by the EU.

Minutes

About TINNET
TINNET is a European research network funded by the COST program under the Action number BM1306.

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