In 2008, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) established a national infrastructure of Biomedical Research Units and Centres to improve the pathway of translating basic research findings into patient benefit.
Supported by this infrastructure funding, the partnership between University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has since established itself as a flagship research centre addressing major clinical issues in the ENT and audiological management of hearing loss and tinnitus. Nottingham has a long established critical mass of staff working in fundamental hearing research, translational hearing research, ENT and Audiology, with the UK’s largest programme in cochlear implantation. NIHR funding has enabled us to substantially develop and expand our research portfolio, and we are delighted to now be part of the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) (currently funded until 2022, with £23.6 million overall).
Our vision is to make sure that the NHS provides the best, most innovative and most effective hearing healthcare for people of all ages (from babies to the elderly). Our NIHR-funded research priorities are aimed towards clinical fields, including medical technologies, and pharmaceutical interventions affecting hearing. A number of our projects involve close collaboration with the MRC Institute of Hearing Research, the ENT department at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham Audiology Services and the Nottingham Auditory Implant Programme which form a pipeline from fundamental to clinical research.
The NIHR Nottingham BRC offers some of the best infrastructure in the UK for supporting early-phase translational research in the hearing sciences. In particular, its commitment is to pursue research through multi-disciplinary collaboration that can be translated into practical benefits for patients. We have an excellent track record in developing the next generation of researchers through our PhD training programme and our opportunities for career progression for young researchers already working in the field.