The National Institute for Health Research Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR Nottingham BRC) offers some of the best facilities in the UK for supporting research in the hearing sciences. In particular, our commitment is to pursue research through multidisciplinary collaboration that can be translated into practical benefits to improve the quality of patients’ lives. To do this, we bring together well-established, internationally recognised experts and some of the brightest young talent in our discipline. Our vision is to create new knowledge through translational research that will alleviate the burden of disability arising from hearing-related problems.
In 2008, NIHR established a Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing in Nottingham with a grant of £3.75 million over four years. In 2012, NIHR awarded £6.25 million to further support our broad portfolio of research for another five-year period. In 2017, a further £23.6m funding was awarded from NIHR to establish the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre which included the Otology and Hearing theme.
NIHR Nottingham BRC is a partnership between Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham. It also has close links with Audiology and ENT services and with national charities supporting people with hearing-related problems and tinnitus.
Below, Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange at the University of Nottingham, shares her impressions when she visited us in July 2017.
“Working with NIHR Nottingham BRC offers the BTA a real opportunity to understand and influence the tinnitus research agenda. The time the 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.”David Stockdale Chief Executive, British Tinnitus Association (BTA)