Find out about some of the dedicated researchers and PhD students we’re currently supporting, and why they’ve chosen to work in hearing and tinnitus research.
Ekaterina Yukhnovich is an RNID-funded PhD student in Dr Will Sedley’s laboratory at Newcastle University. In her project, Ekaterina is working to develop an objective test for tinnitus, to help speed up the development of treatments.
Dr Chris Hardy
Chris Hardy is one of our Pauline Ashley Fellows, based at the University College London (UCL) Dementia Research Institute. Alongside the Dunhill Medical Trust, we’re funding him to study how hearing and brain function are linked in the context of dementia.
Dr Sally Dawson
Sally Dawson is an RNID-funded researcher at the University College London Ear Institute. We have awarded Sally a number of grants, including an International Project Grant to identify genes involved in the middle ear condition, otosclerosis.
Dr Mike Bowl
Mike Bowl is an RNID-funded researcher at the MRC (Medical Research Council) Mammalian Genetics Unit at Harwell in Oxfordshire. We awarded him an International Project Grant to study the role of three new genes in the development and maintenance of the inner ear.
Professor Karen Steel
Karen Steel is an RNID-funded researcher at the Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases at King’s College, London. We have awarded Karen a number of grants, including an International Project Grant to study the genetic basis of the variation in human hearing ability using mouse models.
Dr Allison Coffin
Allison Coffin is an RNID-funded researcher at Washington State University in the US. We awarded her an International Project Grant to further develop a drug to protect hearing from damage by ototoxic (ear-toxic) medications.
Professor Ben Shapiro
Ben Shapiro is a professor at the University of Maryland, USA. In 2013 we awarded him a three-year Translational Research (TRIH) Grant to develop a technology to use magnetic forces to deliver drugs to the inner ear.
Dr Lucy Anderson
Lucy Anderson is an RNID-funded researcher at the UCL Ear Institute. Previously the recipient of one of our Pauline Ashley New Investigator Grants, she is now working on understanding the different ways in which noise and age affect our hearing.