University of Tampere, Department of Otorhinonlarongology
The ENT research center at the University of Tampere has animal research
laboratory equipped with evoked response measurement systems, full surgical
facilities and resources to use intact and genetically manipulated experimental
animals. The molecular biology laboratory is under currently development. The
response field in the BIOEAR project is to coordinate the project and evaluate
the toxicity of biomaterial in the guinea pig inner ear. Such effects as;
fibrotization of cochlea, effect on survival of ganglion cells and possible
ossification of cochlea is evaluated under exposure to different types of
biopolymers. Also the effect of growth factor, antioxidants and electrical
stimulation in connection with biopolymers will be evaluated.
Coordinator, Prof. Ilmari Pyykkö, Head of the
Department of Otorhinolaryngology at University of Tampere, Finland has been
pioneering the inner ear focused research and has applied clinical research
and basic research in individual hearing conservation. His research
laboratory has supervised more than 20 doctoral thesis.
Ph.D. Esko Toppila (Department of Physics, Institute of
Occupational Health and ENT Deaprtment of University of Tampere) is head
of the administration in the BIOEAR project. Ph.D.E. Toppila has vast
experience in signal analysis and in collection of environmental health
data. He has also worked as administrator previously in connection with
another EU-project. He has vast experience in this field and has been
working more than 20 years with hearing and noise. His research unit has
received the EU accreditation for noise and hearing protection research.
His team is benchmarked as best practices in Europe in the field of noise
control and hearing conservation.
||MA Hannele Auffermann is the financial
manager of the project. She works at the Funding Offic at the University of
Tampere and has vast experience in providing assistance in financial
matters, assessing budget flow and economical control for EU.
||Maste-at-law mr is providing legal advices
for the BIOEAR. He has vast experience in international law and is
familiar especially topics related to EU funding.