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.

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26 June 2017

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Presenter(s): Dr David Walsh
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

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26 June 2017

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Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

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19 June 2017

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Presenter(s): Dr Robin Thompson
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

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12 June 2017

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Presenter(s): Dr Carmel Capewell
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

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(Northampton University)

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05 June 2017

Engagement with digital behaviour change interventions: conceptualisation, measurement and promotion

Presenter(s): Dr Olga Perski
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

Abstract:

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Bio

Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, Olga Perski obtained a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Bristol in 2014 and an MSc in Health Psychology at University College London in 2015. Due to a keen interest in the role of technology within health promotion and behaviour change, Olga sought the opportunity to write her MSc thesis about patterns of “engagement” with a novel smoking cessation smartphone application, which was awarded the British Psychological Society’s prize for Outstanding Thesis in MSc Health Psychology. Funded by Bupa under its partnership with University College London, Olga started her PhD in 2015 under the supervision of Professor Susan Michie, Professor Ann Blandford and Professor Robert West. Her PhD research is focused on the conceptualisation, measurement and promotion of “engagement” with digital behaviour change interventions, with a specific focus on smoking cessation and alcohol reduction smartphone applications.

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15 May 2017

Feasibility and Pilot Randomised Clinical Trials

Presenter(s): Trish Hepburn
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

Abstract:

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08 May 2017

Experience-dependent Plasticity in Infancy: Insights from Hearing Infants with Deaf Mothers

Presenter(s): Dr Evelyne Mercure
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

Abstract:

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Bio

Evelyne Mercure is a research fellow at UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. She is interested in the early development of the brain representation for language and social perception. She is currently holding an ESRC Future Research Leader fellowship to investigate brain and cognitive development in hearing infants with a Deaf mother. She completed a PhD at Birkbeck with Mark H. Johnson and Fred Dick, as well as an MSc in Neuroscience and a BSc in Speech and Language pathologies from Universite de Montreal (Canada).

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05 April 2017

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Presenter(s): Dr David Walsh
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

Abstract:

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21 November 2016

Maximising the impact of research effort by standardising outcomes in hearing research: "More bang for your buck"

Presenter(s): Professor Iain Bruce
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

Abstract:

A recent editorial in the British Medical Journal has emphasised the critical importance of “establishing and requiring core outcomes to enable combination of data from multiple studies” under the banner of promoting the benefits of ‘big data’. Ultimately, it is envisaged that “…studies that are designed, conducted, and reported using a common language will have a greater scientific value because the datasets can be truthfully combined" (Koroshetz 2015). Heterogeneity of choice of outcome measurement between studies significantly lessens the ability to combine the results of studies in a clinical meaningful manner. If effectiveness studies do not report consistent outcome measures using agreed definitions and corresponding measurement instruments, their results cannot be combined and/or contrasted. Heterogeneity makes data synthesis in systematic reviews inherently difficult.  Outcome reporting bias (ORB) occurs when only a selection of the 'significant' or 'positive' findings are reported resulting in a biased representation of the trial results. A solution to this problem is the standardisation of outcome measurement through the development of ‘core outcome sets’ (COS). A COS is an agreed minimum set of outcomes that should be measured and reported in all trials in a specific condition. The ideal COS would combine both patient/parent/carer and clinician opinion and could be used in the design of all subsequent clinical studies in the field. A COS is a recommendation of ‘what’ should be measured and reported in all trials in a specific area ( http://www.comet-initiative.org). Accompanying the domains in the COS should be an appropriate method to quantify the outcome (the ‘measurement instrument’ set) - ‘how’ - in addition to a recommendation for the timing of its use - ‘when’. Ultimately, standardizing ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘when’ outcomes should be measured in research would significantly improve overall trial design and enable more reliable synthesis of evidence, in order to produce robust recommendations for optimal clinical practice.

Biography:

Iain has worked as a Consultant Paediatric Otolaryngologist at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital since 2009 and is the Honorary Professor of Paediatric Otolaryngology, MAHSC, University of Manchester. He is a member of the Standing Scientific Committee of the ESPO and the council of the British Association of Paediatric Otolaryngology (BAPO). He is an Associate Director of the NIHR/Wellcome Manchester Children's CRF. His research interests complement his clinical sub-specialisations, focusing on childhood hearing loss, implantable hearing aids and airway obstruction in children. He is an assistant editor for Cochlear Implants International and member of the International Editorial Board for Clinical Otolaryngology.

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17 October 2016

3D-game for TUNing hEarINg aids (3D Tune-In): Connecting Hearing Aid Stakeholders with Digital Game Designers

Presenter(s): Dr Lorenzo Picinali
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

Abstract:

3D Tune-In is a Horizon 2020 funded project that brings together the relevant stakeholders from traditional gaming industries (SMEs - Reactify, Vianet, XTeam, Nerlaska), academic institutes (Imperial College London, De Montfort University, the University of Nottingham, the University of Malaga); a large European hearing aid manufacturer (GN); and hearing communities (through Associations - Extra Care, Hearing Link, Action Deafness, Accesibilidad y Personas Sordas and Ente Nazionale Sordi) to produce digital games in the field of hearing aid technologies and hearing loss in children and older adults, addressing social inclusion, generating new markets and creating job opportunities.

The project aims to develop digital games and applications that utilise 3D visual and audio technologies, and which are specifically targeted towards the population of hearing aid users in Europe. These serious and leisure games and applications will contribute towards educating hearing aid users about the various functionalities of their hearing aids and how a more accurate calibration of these functionalities might contribute to a better quality of hearing in different sound environments. They will also contribute towards educating the wider population about hearing loss issues and how hearing loss can impact on daily life. Moreover, a novel audio rendering engine specifically directed towards individuals with hearing loss is being developed (the 3D Tune-In Toolkit) in order to create a series of components (e.g. 3D audio engine, hearing aid and hearing loss simulators, etc) to be used in the games and applications.

The project is in the middle of the second year of activity in which game and application designs are being developed and refined through an iterative process involving the input of all relevant stakeholders. In the seminar the project will be described in further detail, focussing on the 3D Tune-In Toolkit (including a brief overview of a side-study on Head Related Transfer Function adaptation) and on the 3D Tune-In Applications. Two demos will be available to the audience after the presentation.

Biography
Lorenzo Picinali is a Senior Lecturer in Audio Experience Design, and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Dyson School of Design Engineering. In the past years he has worked in Italy (Università degli Studi di Milano), France (LIMSI-CNRS and IRCAM) and UK (De Montfort University) on projects related with 3D binaural sound rendering, interactive applications for the blind, audiology and audiometric techniques, hearing aids technology, audio and haptic interaction and, more in general, acoustical virtual and augmented reality. Lorenzo is currently the module leader for DE1-MEM Engineering Mathematics, and a tutor for the GID and IDE MA/MSc programs at Imperial College London, in collaboration with the Royal College of Arts. He is the scientific coordinator of the EU-H2020 3D Tune-In research project.

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