British Society of Neuro-Otology


The 13th Meeting of the British Society of Neuro-Otology
Thursday 11 – Friday 12 November 2021
De Montfort University, Leicester UK

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The BSNO committee is pleased to announce the dates for the 2021 conference which will be expanded to cover two days: Thursday 11 - Friday 12 November 2021.

The conference will be held in the outstanding and modern facilities of De Montfort University, Leicester, home to one of the largest audio-vestibular training schools in the UK. Take a virtual tour of the campus. As always, the topics covered will be cutting edge vestibular research from basic science through to clinical studies. Dates for research submissions will be announced in due course.

The joint meeting will also give those travelling from abroad a relaxing and enjoyable visit. Leicester is only just over an hour from London's St Pancras station by train and there are excellent flight connections to East Midlands and Birmingham airports as well as Stansted, Luton or Heathrow.

We hope as many delegates as possible will be able to join us for both the Thursday afternoon session and the full-day event on the Friday.

Day 1 – Thursday 11 November 2021
An afternoon session will be run on the theme “Acute Vertigo”. Organised by Diego Kaski it will consist of poster presentations and lots of opportunity to network. Please email if you would like to submit a poster presentation for consideration at this event.

Day 2 - Friday 12 November
This one-day meeting consists of a programme comprising two invited speakers of international renown and the presentation of free papers and posters. The meeting is open to all those interested in the field of balance disorders.


Invited speakers

Professor Jon Stone Professor Jon Stone

Professor Jon Stone is Professor of Neurology at the University of Edinburgh and Consultant Neurologist with NHS Lothian. He has collaborated on several articles on PPPD including one with Jeff Staab and Stoyan Popkirov. Professor Stone has been working for over 20 years in the field of functional neurological disorder (FND). Historically, this is a “no-man’s land” between neurology and psychiatry which represents the second commonest reason for a neurological referral.

Professor Stone has promoted new transparent, pragmatic and multidisciplinary approach to understanding, diagnosing and communicating FND. In 2009 he made the first website for patients with FND at which is now widely used across the world. He has published nearly 300 articles in the area including large cohort, mechanism and treatment studies. He has led on new diagnostic criteria for FND in DSM-5 and ICD-11 and the development of professional organisations for FND. In 2016 he co-edited, with Mark Hallett and Alan Carson, the volume ‘Functional Neurologic Disorder’ setting a new standard for a teaching and research curriculum. He is the first Secretary of the new international FND society ( and is passionate about multidisciplinary collaboration and developing the next generation of health professionals in this field.

He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1992 and worked in Newcastle, Leeds, Oxford and New Zealand before returning to Edinburgh. A neurologist (Charles Warlow) and psychiatrist (Michael Sharpe) supervised his PhD, a case-control study of functional limb weakness. His awards include the Royal College of Physicians (London) Jean Hunter Prize for Nervous Disorders (2014), Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) Clouston Medal (2017), Royal College of Psychiatrist President’s Medal (2017) and the Ted Burns Humanism in Neurology Award from the American Brain Foundation (2020). He has given invited plenary sessions at the American Academy of Neurology, World Congress of Neurology, and Movement Disorders Society as well as lectures in neurology department around the world including Harvard, St Louis and Stanford. In addition to his academic work, he remains a full-time clinician.

Weblinks:;;; Twitter: @jonstoneneuro; Email: Jon.Stone@ed,ac,uk

Professor Fred Mast Professor Fred Mast

Fred Mast studied Psychology, Philosophy and Neurophysiology at the University of Zürich where he also obtained his PhD with his research on psychophysics of visual-vestibular interaction. He pursued his career in the US and spent four years at the Department of Psychology at Harvard University and at MIT. He moved back to Switzerland and became Assistant Professor at the University of Zürich. In 2003, he became full professor for Cognitive Psychology at the University of Lausanne (2005-2008). Since 2008 he is full professor at the University of Bern where he is directing the section "Cognitive Psychology, Perception, and Research Methods". He served as Head of Department and Dean of the Faculty, and he was invited professor at York University in Toronto and at the Institute of Neuroscience of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai. His research is concerned with sensorimotor processing, in particular vestibular information, and how vestibular information is connected with higher order cognitive processes. He is using fMRI, EEG, galvanic and caloric stimulation, motion platforms, and eye movements for his research. He has ongoing collaborations with neuro-otologists and neurologists. neurology department around the world including Harvard, St Louis and Stanford. In addition to his academic work, he remains a full-time clinician.

Dr. Dan Gold Dr. Dan Gold

Dr. Gold is an Associate Professor of Neurology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Neurosurgery, Emergency Medicine, and Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a neurologist with fellowship training in neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania and additional training in neuro-vestibular disorders at Johns Hopkins, and is the director of the Ocular Motor & Vestibular Oto-Neurology Fellowship within the Division of Neuro-Visual and Vestibular Disorders. Dr. Gold maintains an active clinical practice, seeing patients with vestibular and neuro-ophthalmic conditions. He is also heavily involved in the education of residents and fellows, giving frequent lectures on topics related to his subspecialty expertise in addition to leading neuro-ophthalmology/ocular motor bedside teaching rounds. He has received awards for neurology resident teaching and clinical excellence, and for outstanding educational contributions to the Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library (through the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society) via an ocular motor/vestibular collection. He has also written a Neuro-Ophthalmology & Neuro-Otology case-based guide which should be in print by the end of the 2021.

Prof. Sergio Carmona, MD, PhDORCID indentifier: Professor Sergio Carmona

Current positions:
- Chairman of Neurotology, INEBA (Instituto de Neurología de Buenos Aires) – Argentina
- Full profesor of Neurophysiology – School of Medicine – UNR (Universidad Nacional de Rosario) – Argentina
- President of FINO (Fundacion Iberoamericana de Neuro-otologia)

- The New Neurotology – Springer (2019)
- Neuro-otología IV Edition – Akadia, Buenos Aires, (2018). Translated into English and Italian
- Manejo del Síndrome Vestibular Agudo – Akadia, Buenos Aires (2016)

- More tan 100 papers in peer review, from 2016 focused in the area of AVS, Director of the multicentric international study (Israel – Spain – Portugal and Argentina) of Truncal Ataxia in AVS
- RG Score 27.52 – h-index: 8 - Research Interest 234.4

Recent Academic distinctions

Visiting Professor:
Department of Neurology. University of Chicago at Illinois. August 20-23. 2002
Department of Neurology. Mayo Clinic. May 9-11, 2006
Vertigo 360o at Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi. India. July 2011
Department of ORL. Universidad de Valencia. Valencia. Spain, November 2012
Department of Neurology. University of Chicago at Illinois. March, 2013
an - Beijing and Hong Kong - China 2014
Hospital Universitario Severo Ochoa 04/2018 – Madrid – Spain
Lima - Perú – 2019
Pune – India – 2019

- Faculty
Director Basic and clinical Ocular-motor and Vestibular Research – Buenos Aires 2011
President of the XXIV Bárány Society Meeting – Buenos Aires - 2014
Congrex of the Italian ENT Society – Rimini – 2019
XI Porto Vertigo Meeting May 2021


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Presenting at BSNO – Submit an Abstract
The Friday meeting will be structured on short, free presentations as well as the guest speakers. Free presentations can be either a short 10-15 minute oral presentation or a poster.
Abstracts should contain data and conclusions together with full authorship and addresses. Registration fees must be paid in order for abstracts to be considered.
We invite particularly abstracts for the satellite session on the theme of Acute Vertigo.

Abstract submissions are now closed.

This year’s conference is planned as a face-to-face event. We will also plan to stream the sessions to allow those who cannot attend in person to participate. In the event that we are unable to run a face-to-face in person event, the conference will run entirely online. The conference fee is the same whether attending one of both days and whether attending in person or online; hence there will be no change to fees in this eventuality. Posters accepted for presentation will be added to the website.

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Write to us: British Society of Neuro-Otology (BSNO), c/o Meniere’s Society, The Atrium, Curtis Road, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1XA, UK.

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