About our Centre (NIHR Nottingham BRC)

The National Institute for Health Research Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR Nottingham BRC) is a partnership between Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham. We offer some of the best infrastructure in the UK for supporting research in the hearing sciences. In particular our commitment is to pursue research through multi-disciplinary collaboration that can be translated into practical benefits to improve the quality of patients’ lives.

We believe that scientists need to appreciate what hearing impairments mean, both from the standpoint of the patient and the clinician in order to make good progress in the field. This NIHR initiative builds on established programmes of research and intervention addressing mild-to-moderate hearing loss, severe-to-profound hearing loss, chronic hearing-related conditions such as tinnitus and reduced sound tolerance,outcome measures for clinical trials, chemotherapy ototoxicity and objective (brain) measures of hearing. Our research also contributes to an imaging theme that cross-cuts the NIHR Nottingham BRC and which supports mechanistic imaging trials across the Centre.



Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is delighted to be working in partnership with the University of Nottingham to support the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. It is an exciting, important endeavour that will further improve services for patients and their families locally, nationally and internationally. It is truly inspiring work being taken forward by a truly inspiring team.

Dr Peter Homa Chief Executive (Retired), Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Working with the NIHR Nottingham BRC offers the BTA a real opportunity to understand and influence the tinnitus research agenda. The time NIHR Nottingham BRC staff give to the BTA – often their own free time – shows the commitment they have to supporting the wider tinnitus community and enables the BTA to achieve far more than it could without this input.

Mr David Stockdale Chief Executive, British Tinnitus Association

Participating.. I thought it was quite fun. It was certainly very interesting. It sort of expanded my understanding of what hearing loss might be like, and how it might be rectified if the trial went forward.

Peter Participant

Although at first glance the world of research and clinical practice may seem far apart, both disciplines are highly complementary, often informing one another. Having the opportunity to work in both areas has been an invaluable experience, offering me a new perspective and a deeper understanding of both disciplines

Jeff Former PhD student who combined a part-time degree with his audiology career

Latest seminars

Members of the general public are welcome to attend our seminars. However space is limited so if you would like to attend, please ring Sandra Smith at least 24 hours prior to the seminar on 0115 823 2634 to reserve a place. If Sandra Smith is unavailable contact Jan Kelly on 0115 823 2617 or contact reception on 0115 823 2600.