2nd September 2015

IHR in Cardiff for the BSA Basic Science Meeting - The Cutting Edge

We are proud to be supporting the Basic Auditory Science meeting of the British Society of Audiology, to be held on 3rd and 4th September. We have 5 talks and 19 posters being presented by many of our scientists, from programme leaders to first-year PhD students. Its at Cardiff University -- posters in the Music Auditorium, talks in the Julian Hodge Lecture Theatre. Follow us there help sharpen the cutting edge of science on twitter @MRCihr #BSAbas2015

19th August 2015

Summer Scientists

Child playing

We've just finished a very successful week at Nottingham University's Summer Scientist Week. In total 325 future scientists aged 4-12 years played our experimental games "Houston, we have a problem!", "Listen Up" and "Beat the Noise". Thank you to all for participating, and to Johanna Barry, Hannah Stewart, Aina Casaponsa and Hettie Roebuck at IHR and Elinor Cheason at The University of Nottingham for all their hard work in designing and running the experiments.



10th July 2015

Dr Graham Naylor appointed as the new Director of the IHR Scottish Section

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Graham Naylor as the next director of our Scottish Section in Glasgow. Graham joins us from Oticon A/S's Eriksholm Research Center in Snekkersten, Denmark, where he is currently a Senior Scientist and previously Director.

Graham is globally recognized for his research work into the rehabilitation of hearing loss. "I have known Graham for many years, and I have the highest admiration and respect for his research, his leadership, his feedback, and his advice. We are very pleased that he will be joining us." said Michael Akeroyd, Director of IHR.

IHR's Scottish Section is co-funded by the Medical Research Council and the Chief Scientist Office, and is located in new purpose-built labs in the Glasgow Royal Infimary.

16th June 2015

IHR at the Glasgow Science Festival

Thank you to everyone who came along to the IHR stand at Glasgow Science Festival's flagship event Science Sunday. Every year the University of Glasgow plays host to scientists from all disciplines demonstrating their research to a family audience. This marked our first appearance at the event which saw thousands of people attending throughout the day, with our stand proving extremely popular. Our three activities (hearing loss simulator, ear box and the funnels of sound) were supported by information on what we do and how to get involved in our research. Hopefully we can repeat this success next year to see even more kids running around the hall wearing brain hats and discussing middle ear infections!

IHR Staff at the Festival

10th June 2015

A new joint project with The University of Stirling

One of our IHR scientists, Dr Bill Whitmer, has partnered with a multidisciplinary team at the Universities of Stirling and Sheffield to help develop a next-generation hearing aid which can 'see'. It uses a miniaturised camera that can lip read, process information in real time, and seamlessly fuse and switch between audio and visual cues to enhance speech understanding. This ambitious joint research project has received nearly £500,000 from industry and the EPSRC, which will be put towards tackling the key challenge of blending and enhancing appropriately selected audio and visual cues.  IHR's Dr Whitmer said: "We are excited about the potential ability for this new technology - that takes advantage of the similar information presented to the eyes and ears in noisy conversation - to aid listening in those difficult situations, a consistent issue for those affected by hearing loss." For more on the project, see The University of Stirling press release.

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