Peter Rea has been Consultant Otologist at The Leicester Royal Infirmary since 2004. In addition to his role as Chairman of The British Society of Neuro-otology (BSNO) he is President-elect of The British Society of Otology, and Honorary Professor of Balance Medicine at De Montfort University. After undergraduate studies at Cambridge and Oxford, his medical training took him to the USA and Australia, with specialist training based around The Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital in London. He runs a busy medical and surgical ENT practice, and now manages patients with balance disorders at The Leicester Balance Centre which handles some 7,000 appointments per year. His recent research interests have included five clinical studies into intra-tympanic therapies in Ménière's disease, surgery for posterior canal BPPV, the development of tools to investigate balance disorders including oVEMPS and vHITs, and most recently international collaborations developing an AI tool for balance diagnostics. His teaching interests include running the annual three day Leicester Balance Course which he has run since 2004 and which champions a multidisciplinary approach to balance. He is on the faculty of a number of other teaching organisations including the charity ENT Masterclass which takes him around the world.
Adolfo Bronstein is Professor of Clinical Neuro-otology at Imperial College
London and a Consultant Neurologist at Charing Cross Hospital and at the National
Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London. He heads the Neuro-otology
Unit in the Division of Brain Sciences at Imperial College. He has written over 250 papers on
clinical and basic aspects of eye movements, balance and spatial orientation. His book, ‘Dizziness’
received a ‘High Commendation’ at the 2008 BMA Medical Book prize Competition. Professor Bronstein is an
enthusiastic teacher of neuro-otology and balance disorders in European and world neurological societies.
In 2008 he obtained the Nylen-Hallpike Prize of the Barany Society for outstanding contribution to clinical neuro-otology.
His current research interests are the high order mechanisms involved in central
compensation of peripheral vestibular disorders as well as the role of small vessel white
matter disease in balance dysfunction in the elderly. He was the first chairman of the British
Society of Neuro-otology (BSNO0 and has been chairman of the neuro-otology panel for the
European Federation of Neurological Sciences and president of the clinical neuroscience section of
the Royal Society of Medicine.
Academic webpage: www.imperial.ac.uk/people/a.bronstein
Dr. Goebel is Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri USA. He specializes in Otology and Neurotology and is the Director of the Dizziness and Balance Center in the department. He is the author of over 130 peer-reviewed and invited publications and abstracts and the editor of the text “Practical Management of the Dizzy Patient 2nd Edition”. His current research interests include clinical studies to refine the Gaze Stabilization and the video Head Impulse Test, development of a screening history tool for triage of dizzy patients, and the BalCap vibrotactile device for rehabilitation of chronic imbalance. Dr. Goebel is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Otological Society (AOS), the American Neurotology Society (ANS-President 2006-2007), the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), the Triological Society, the Barany Society, the Prosper Meniere Society and the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO). He is currently the chairman of the AAO-HNS Equilibrium Committee and was inducted into the Royal College of Surgeons in 2010.
Diego Kaski is a Consultant Neurologist at University College London hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, and an honorary Senior Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College London. He has a special interest in Neuro-otology having completed a PhD at Imperial College London investigating the cortical mechanisms underlying human spatial navigation under the supervision of Professor Bronstein. He set up and ran an acute vertigo service in Charing Cross Hospital, London between 2009-2012. He has also undertaken extensive research into the cortical mechanisms of human spatial orientation, and the application of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques in the treatment of neurological balance disorders.
Dr Lawson has worked as an Associate Specialist in Falls and Syncope service, RVI for 25 years having originally trained in general practice and worked as a GP. Her main clinical interest is in dizziness in the elderly and she has a national and international profile in research and service development in this area. She is a regular contributor to scientific meetings and platform speaker. She has been part of DOH working groups on dizziness and balance. She runs a popular course “ Dizziness for the Physician” every 2 years.
Mark Lewis was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield. He studied medicine at Newcastle University and trained as a neurologist in Yorkshire. During his neurology training he was awarded an NHS Clinical Research Fellowship and was first appointed, as a consultant at the Neurosciences Centre at Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust in 2003, where he went on to become the head of service in 2011 and developed a fully equipped, multi-disciplinary neuro-otology clinic. In 2016 he took up a new post at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Leeds University, in order to develop a tertiary neuro-otology service and research portfolio.
Dr Louisa Murdin is Consultant in Audiovestibular Medicine at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL Ear Institute, London. She studied medicine at the University of Oxford before further in training in the UK and Australia, including her PhD at UCL's Instutute of Neurology. She has interests in vestibular migraine, Meniere's disease, ototoxicity, organisation of hearing and balance services and audiovestibular manifestations of systemic disease. Recent research includes clinical trials into intratympanic therapy of Meniere's disease and she is a lead partner in the current EU Horizon 2020 EVOTION programme to impropve population hearing health. She also works with the NIHR and Cochrane ENT group on development of evidence based practice in Vestibular Medicine.
Jas Sandhu has been involved in the care of patients with audiovestibular dysfunction for over ten years. He is a clinical scientist in Audiology and has been awarded the Institute of Acoustics DW Robinson prize and the British Academy of Audiology Richard May medal for his work. His education is underpinned with degrees in physics from the Universities of Southampton and Cambridge respectively. He has a medical degree from Leicester University and is currently completing his surgical training in otolaryngology in Yorkshire. His clinical interests relate to balance disorders and his research is focussed on objective vestibular assessment techniques including the VHIT and VEMP modalities. His has authored many seminal papers and delivers lectures both nationally and internationally on the subject.
Peter Savundra is a Consultant Audiovestibular Physician at the Portland Hospital, London. His career interest has been adult and paediatric rehabilitation to exploit neuroscience, education, social services and technology to optimise outcome. He has a background in Neurology and Neurosurgery with specialist training in Audiovestibular Medicine at Great Ormond Street, Queen Square and the Royal National Throat Nose Ear Hospital. He was Consultant Audiovestibular Physician at Northwick Park Hospital. His clinical interest is to develop precise diagnostic formulations, to work with Consultant colleagues, the best therapists and the individual to empower the individual to have a fulfilled life, and to work with lawyers to obtain funding to help restore participation for the individual.
Dr Barry Seemungal (PhD FRCP) is a neurologist at the Neuro-Otology Unit, Imperial College London. He heads the Brain and Vestibular Group (BAVG), comprising four Research Assistants, two medical Clinical Research Fellows, and a Physiotherapy NIHR Doctoral Fellow. The BAVG is funded by the Medical Research Council (UK), The NIHR, US Department for Defense, Racing Foundation, Imperial Health Charity and the Imperial NIHR BRC. His main areas of research comprise the brain mechanisms of imbalance in traumatic brain injury, automated algorithms for diagnosing stroke in patients presenting with vertigo and balance impairment in neurodegenerative disease. He participated in the international expert working group that published the first consensus guidelines on Vestibular Migraine, has contributed to the UK NICE guidelines on Vertigo and is a regular invited speaker at international meetings, e.g. the 1st and 2nd meetings of the European Academy of Neurology meeting (2015 and 2016). He held a prestigious Academy of Medical Sciences Clinician Scientist Fellowship from 2008 to 2014, where he published as senior author, the first evidence delineating both the cortical network associated with the vestibular sensation of vertigo (Nigmatullina et al., Cereb Cortex 2015) and that mediating vestibular-spatial orientation (Kaski et al., Brain 2016). He has published over 50 papers, the majority as first or senior author, in scientific and clinical journals such as Brain, Journal of Neuroscience, Cerebral Cortex and the Lancet. He is a regular reviewer for several research foundations including The Medical Research council (UK), The EU (Future and Emerging Technologies Programme and the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships), The German Research Foundation and The Leverhulme Trust. He is Editor in Chief of a new publication – the Journal of Concussion (Sage) – and an associate editor for Frontiers in Neurology (Neuro-Otology section) and is a regular reviewer of manuscripts for clinical and scientific journals. As a clinical neurologist he runs a specialist clinic for vertigo and eye movement disorders. He supports the hyperacute neurological services including for the Major Trauma Unit and the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit. He is also involved in developing new models of integrated healthcare for neurological patients aiming to reduce the divide between community and hospital, acute and chronic care.
Robby Vanspauwen works as a clinical scientist in the ENT Department (European Institute for ORL-HNS) of the Sint-Augustinus Hospital in Antwerp, Belgium. After his studies in Biomedical Sciences, he obtained his PhD in the field of vestibular testing and space motion sickness. Since 2009, he is together with his colleague Dr. Cathérine Blaivie (MD) primarily responsible for the clinical and scientific output of the vestibular clinic in the ENT Department, where he is also associate manager of the audiology team. His current research interests are in the large field of vestibular testing and in the newly developed MRI with gadolinium as a contrast agent for the diagnosis of hydrops and Ménière’s disease. In 2011, he started lecturing at the Thomas More College and since the end of 2016 he is associate editor for the Journal of International Advanced Otology.
Peter West qualified in Medicine at Pembroke College Oxford in 1979 and obtained the FRCS in ENT before switching to Audiovestibular Medicine via an MRC Training Fellowship in Psychoacoustics at Keele University. He completed specialist training (including the MSc in Audiological Medicine) in Manchester and was appointed Consultant in Portsmouth and Chichester in 1991, establishing a new department which has since expanded. Currently President of the British Association of Audiovestibular Physicians and on the committees of the Balance Interest Group of the British Society of Audiology (BSA) and of the British Society of Neuro-Otology, he has previously served as Treasurer of BSA and on the Councils of BSA and of the International Journal of Audiology. He was awarded FRCP in 2009. His published research on the examination of peripheral vestibular nystagmus won the 2012 Hallpike Prize.
Natasha is Director at the Ménière's Society and provides admin and event support for BSNO. Natasha has 22 years’ experience of working in the voluntary and not-for-profit sector and has worked for the Ménière’s Society since 2005. She is responsible for the day to day running of the Ménière’s Society and, as such, her role involves a wide range of activities including fundraising, strategy, publicity, attending events and liaising with health professionals, researchers and related organisations; as well as remaining a hands-on member of the office team – responding to enquiries and calls on the telephone information line. Natasha is a member of the BSA’s Balance Interest Group committee.