Director receives medal for otolaryngology research – Bionics Institute

Director receives medal for otolaryngology research

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Dr Dean Beaumont (right), Chairman of the Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation, presenting Professor Rob Shepherd with the Garnett Passe Medal at the Royal Society of Medicine on the 2nd May 2014.

The motto of the Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting advancements in otorhinolaryngology, is “always in the pursuit of excellence”. It was a great honour for Professor Rob Shepherd to be invited to deliver the Garnett Passe Memorial Lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine in London in early May where he received the Garnett Passe Medal.

In 1996 the Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation established the Garnett Passe Memorial Lecture to be delivered every second year at The Royal Society of Medicine in early May. This lectureship was established to honour Garnett Passe, who after serving with the Royal Navy in World War II, returned to practice in London and very quickly established himself as an outstanding otolaryngologist with an international reputation.

Since establishment of the Foundation in 1991, Bionics Institute researchers have been recipients of several of its grants, scholarships and fellowships. In recent years the Foundation has generously supported our research in: novel stimulation strategies aimed at improving the quality of hearing provided by cochlear implants; gene therapy to maintain the integrity of the auditory nerve following deafness; and new methods to treat Ménière’s disease (a balance disorder).

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