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Research School for TINnitus Assessment, Causes and Treatments

Objective

Tinnitus (“ringing in the ears”) is a very common and potentially devastating condition. People with tinnitus, continuously hear a penetrating phantom sound in absence of actual sound. An estimated 50.8 million EU citizens hear tinnitus, of which 5.1 million are severely bothered by it. Tinnitus can totally disrupt normal societal participation. Hence, tinnitus leads to enormous societal costs (€140 billion per year in Europa), mainly due to loss of productivity. Since tinnitus primary occurs at advanced age (>50 years), it is a severe challenge to the European ambition to continued inclusion of the aging population in the work force. To date, the research into tinnitus has progressed almost nowhere in the development of effective and reliable treatments for tinnitus. The applicants of the current proposal are convinced that in order to cure tinnitus, we need researchers that can bridge the gap between basic fundamental research, applied clinical research and product development. The major aim of the proposal is to train 15 future scientists who understand how basic neural mechanisms of tinnitus can be studied in animal models and human tinnitus patients, and how complementary research techniques can be used towards curing tinnitus. The central hypothesis of TIN-ACT is that reduced peripheral auditory input (via hearing loss) causes pathological changes centrally in the brain that manifest as the perception of tinnitus. In a balanced consortium, the research is organized in three scientific work packages that study how these pathological changes can be assessed, what causes them, and how they can be treated. A comprehensive training program provides specialized training by research, complementary skills and soft skills (including entrepreneurship). We will train 15 early stage researchers (ESRs) towards an excellent understanding of tinnitus assessment, causes and treatments, and with job perspectives both in the academic and non-academic sectors.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

ACADEMISCH ZIEKENHUIS GRONINGEN
Address
Hanzeplein 1
9713 GZ Groningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 766 122,84

Participants (7)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 788 626,80
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 546 575,76
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITATSKLINIKUM ERLANGEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 498 432,96
Address
Maximiliansplatz 2
91054 Erlangen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHARITE - UNIVERSITAETSMEDIZIN BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 498 432,96
Address
Chariteplatz 1
10117 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OTICON A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 290 081,88
Address
Kongebakken 9
2765 Smorum
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WIDEX AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 290 081,88
Address
Nymollevej 6
3540 Lynge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COCHLEAR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 250 560
Address
Dashwood Lang 6
KT15 2HJ Addlestone Surrey
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (7)

European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH)
Netherlands
Address
Randhoeve 221
3995 GA Houten
Activity type
Other
EUROPEAN FEDERATION OF TINNITUS-ASSOCIATIONS (EUTI) E.V.
Germany
Address
Postfach 210351
42369 Wuppertal
Activity type
Other
EUROGRANT GMBH
Germany
Address
Strehlener Strasse 14
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HERTZ BROERTJES BRIGITTE
Netherlands
Address
Catharina Van Clevelaan 34
1181 BH Amstelveen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Tinnitus Hub Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Cedars Business Centre, Barnsley Road
WF9 4PU Hemsworth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Siemens Healthineers BV
Netherlands
Address

Den Haag
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)