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Professor Shakeel R Saeed – Keynote Speaker


Shakeel Saeed is a Professor of Otology/Neuro-otology at the University College London, Ear Institute and a Consultant ENT and Skullbase Surgeon at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London. He was a Consultant ENT and Skullbase Surgeon in Manchester 1999-2008 and has had a professorial appointment in London since 2008. He has extensive experience in lateral skullbase surgery and implantation otology. Prof Saeed is President of the European Academy of Otology and Neurotology 2018-2020. He is currently a leading surgeon and researcher in disorders of the ear, hearing, balance, facial nerve and skullbase. He manages patients from all over the UK as well internationally.

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Miss Rupan Banga


Rupan Banga graduated from the University of Sheffield and then undertook specialist training in the West Midlands. She was awarded the TWJ Fellowship and completed a year of fellowship training in Perth, Western Australia, in 2012. In 2013 Rupan was awarded a PhD in Bone Anchored Hearing Devices at the University of Nijmegen. She is a Consultant Otologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in a large busy tertiary referral centre. Her practice includes implantation otology, chronic ear disease and disorders of balance.

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Mr Richard Irving


Richard Irving is a Consultant in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Children's Hospital in Birmingham. He qualified from London University and trained in London, Cambridge and San Francisco. Richard has a broad clinical practice including implantation otology, chronic ear disease, vertigo, lateral skull base and vestibular schwannoma surgery. Richard has over 100 publications and is heavily involved in postgraduate education and training. Richard is a past president of the British Society of Otology and immediate past president of the RSM Section of Otology.

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Mr Rishi Mandavia


Rishi, an ENT Registrar, currently works as a NIHR CLAHRC and Royal College of Surgeons Clinical Research Fellow. He holds an MSc in Health Policy. As NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) and NICE Scholar, his research on registries influenced international registry development and gained endorsement from the IDEAL Collaboration. He was subsequently appointed NICE Specialist Advisor and contributed to NICE's guidelines on hearing loss. As ENT Associate Lead for the Royal College of Surgeons, NIHR CRN Trainee Lead for ENT, and Committee Member of UK ENT Trainee research collaboratives, Rishi works to promote UK ENT research capacity and trainee engagement. Rishi’s PhD focuses on facilitating the uptake of novel therapeutics in healthcare systems, uniquely combining early health economic modelling and implementation theory.

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Kevin Munro


Kevin Munro is Director of the Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD), a multidisciplinary team with a world-leading reputation in the discovery and delivery of research that leads to improved clinical outcomes. He is Deputy Director of the £28.5m NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and is the BRC theme lead on Hearing Health. He is honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist in Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has the privilege of being an honorary life member of the British Society of Audiology, ‘in recognition of outstanding contribution to audiology education, research and leadership’.

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Emma Stapleton


Emma is a Consultant Otolaryngologist and Skull Base Surgeon at Manchester Royal Infirmary and Salford Royal Hospital, and RCSEd Regional Surgical Adviser for the North West. Her clinical role includes cochlear implantation, complex otology, lateral skull base surgery, NF2 and balance. She has research interests in skull base osteomyelitis, skull base trauma, and auditory implantation. She enjoys editing roles at ENT UK and ENT & Audiology News magazine, and is currently Honorary Secretary of the North of England Otolaryngology Society, ENT UK Sepsis Lead, and a member of the BACO 2020 Executive Committee. She combines her passions for otology and global health by visiting the BRINOS ear care centre in Nepal to operate on patients who would not otherwise have access to ear surgery.

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Haroon Shakeel Saeed


Haroon Saeed is a Clinical Research Fellow Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and ENT specialist trainee based in the North West. He completed his undergraduate training at St George's University of London. He has recently pursued a postgraduate degree based at the University of Manchester which aims to combine a Radiomic and Genomic process to improve precision medicine in childhood deafness.

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