The strategic thrust of hearing research as applied to the UK Armed Forces in 2017

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16 October 2017

Presenter(s): Linda Orr
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1



Lt Col Linda Orr was born in N Ireland, educated at Strathearn School and Bristol University. She read chemistry (2:1) utilising this in her first job designing oils for ESSO, returning to Bristol to read medicine graduating with distinction.

After house jobs, A&E and basic military training Lt Col Orr completed 3 years of operational deployments with 9 Royal Irish, 2RRF and SF. After which she completed surgical training gaining the general FRCS from The Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Intercollegiate FRCS in ENT–Head & Neck Surgery.

During surgical training she completed a DM by research validating the use of Raman Spectroscopy in the detection of laryngeal dysplasia/SCC and the discrimination of different forms of cancer in lymph nodes in the neck. An in vivo tool for utilising this technique as a form of optical biopsy is in development.

Specialist training was done in the Southwest after which Lt Col Orr was appointed as a Consultant Head and Neck/ENT surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with a special interest in Head and Neck cancer diagnostics and laryngology. She leads for neck trauma and jointly for junior doctor training.

In 2016 Col Orr was appointed by the Academic Department of Military Surgery and Trauma and RCOS (Eng) as a Senior Lecturer in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and asked to lead the development of an international research collaboration into the prevention, detection and treatment of tinnitus and noise induced hearing loss within the military – The hearWELL Collaboration.