Dr Derek Hoare
Senior Research Fellow (Tinnitus etiology and management)
Dr Hoare is a Senior Research Fellow managing a programme of translational research on tinnitus etiology and management.
Derek trained as a nurse at the University of Brighton before moving to the University of Manchester where he completed a BSc (Hons) Neuroscience, a Master of Research in Biological Sciences, and finally a PhD in Sensory Neuroscience. His PhD sought to understand how olfactory sensory information is processed at the level of the single olfactory nerve cells and simple neural systems in an insect model, using a combination of genetic, electrophysiology, and behavioural techniques. This work led to a particular interest in understanding the abnormal perception of 'phantom' sensations such as tinnitus, and how such sensations might be modulated by experience.
As well as being an active researcher, Derek is currently vice-chair of the British Tinnitus Association’s Professional Advisory Committee and acts as a media spokesperson on behalf of the charity.
Derek's experience and expertise in healthcare and sensory neuroscience meet in his current role to support a broad research programme. His on-going work includes the evaluation of new measures of tinnitus, the identification of novel targets for tinnitus therapy, and the subsequent identification and testing of novel interventions. He has expertise in trial design and the evaluation of standard and commercial tinnitus therapies through high level clinical trials. He also has expertise in the qualitative and quantitative methodologies used in health service evaluation and in systematic reviews.