Research organisations can vary in terms of their involvement. Some facilitate research by handing out research grants. Other organisations and institutions may be directly undertaking either basic or applied research, while medical research centres may also be involved in clinical research. This page features some of those entities that fit at least one of those criteria.
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Tinnitus Research Initiative (TRI)
TRI is a non-profit organisation founded in 2006 which focuses on scientific collaboration across borders with the mission of developing treatments for all types of tinnitus. TRI also acts as a facilitator of information sharing and hosts major annual conferences where the scientific community convenes. In addition, the researchers at TRI supply updated clinical management guidelines for physicians and also engage in educational events. More so than other organisations involved in tinnitus research, TRI uses data-driven patient studies in its scientific work.
British Tinnitus Association (BTA)
The BTA partakes in a number of activities such as handing out research grants, hosting informational events, as well as the creation of clinical guidelines for physicians. More so than most other organisations involved in tinnitus research, the staff at the BTA have developed a refined approach to incorporating the social media into their organisational strategy. The BTA also engages in advocacy efforts towards the prevention of tinnitus through the plug'em campaign which has several celebrity ambassadors enlisted in the initiative. In 2015/6, the association funded research-related tinnitus projects worth more than £500,000. The BTA is led by Mr. David Stockwell and achieves a lot with limited means.
American Tinnitus Association (ATA)
Founded in 1971, the ATA is arguably the most well-known tinnitus association in the world and has an income of about one million dollars per year. First and foremost, the association is an enabler of tinnitus research by facilitating grant handouts to scientists. Part of the ATA strategy is its so-called "roadmap to a cure" which focuses on four distinct objectives seen as a prerequisite for developing effective treatments for tinnitus. In addition, the ATA also engages in awareness campaigns and has produced a number of really good informational videos over the years. The ATA is led by Ms. Torryn P. Brazell.
Hearing Health Foundation
The HHF is a non-profit organisation with a long tradition of sponsoring research into hearing loss (and tinnitus) – most recently via the hearing restoration project. The HRP initiative operates via a three-stage plan and aims to make breakthrough contributions to the restoration of hearing loss within the next decade. The HHF website is an excellent resource and provides a wealth of information. The staff at the HHF is highly supportive and is always ready to engage in a dialogue about topics that matter.
University of Pittsburgh
A number of scientists affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh are involved in tinnitus research with a focus on drugs that modulate the potassium channels. Several former faculty members are now employed by the local pharma companies, SciFluor Life Sciences and Knopp Biosciences – both of which have Kv7-channel opener drugs in their pipelines. Potassium channels help regulate the cell membrane potential in neurons and certain drugs being developed may have the ability to reduce the perception of tinnitus through the activation of these specific ion channels. Both the compounds named SF0034 and RL-81 are early pharmacological developments being explored for the potential treatment of tinnitus.
Hyperacusis Research Limited, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to the development of effective treatments for hyperacusis and to funding research which will eliminate the underlying mechanisms that cause hyperacusis and hyperacusis-related disorders. Central to the mission of the organization is facilitating and supporting biomedical research which will lead to novel, effective therapies for the treatment of hyperacusis. The activities of Hyperacusis Research Limited, Inc. are based on the belief that collaboration across disciplines is essential for better understanding of hyperacusis and for the development of effective treatments. Through its grant program Hyperacusis Research Limited, Inc. is supporting innovative research projects across borders and disciplines. Special emphasis is placed on collaboration and knowledge sharing between supported individuals and institutions.