11th International Tinnitus Seminar: research and clinical excellence awards presented


The International Tinnitus Seminar takes place every three to four years and this year was back in Germany for the first time in more than 20 years. The event was hosted at the Campus Charité Mitte in Berlin last May. It was also an opportunity for awards ceremonies that recognized the work of two specialists in the field.

The Gabriele Lux Foundation awarded its research award to Dr Agnieszka Szczepek for her innovative work on localizing tinnitus. Her study, “Stress‐associated protein changes in the auditory brain” was welcomed as a step in the right direction: a huge step in understanding where and how tinnitus develops. Her work demonstrated for the first time how stress, under specific genetic conditions, can influence apoptosis and survival strategies in the auditory system. Dr Szczepek originally trained at Warsaw University, Poland, and now works at the ORL Research Laboratory, Berlin Charité, Germany. Her primary focus is tinnitus.

Also during the event, the Tinnitus‐Foundation Charité Berlin awarded its Clinical Excellence Award to Prof. Pawel J. Jastreboff for his role in initiating tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT). Today, TRT is still considered the most effective treatment method for tinnitus and hyperacusis worldwide. The award winner, along with other colleagues, has continued to refine TRT further to reduce the treatment duration and to increase effectiveness. Professor Jastreboff holds a professor position at the Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Department, Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

Source: Gabriele Lux Stiftung