Keynote talk one
Otitis Media and the covid-19 pandemic
Dr Tal Marom
Dr Tal Marom is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. After completion of his Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery residency at the Tel Aviv University, he pursued a post-training fellowship that was conducted at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, USA, where he specialised in the field of pediatric infectious diseases. He is now the Head of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Unit at the Samson Assuta Ashdod University Hospital, affiliated to the Ben Gurion University in Israel. His main research area is otitis media and its complications. He is an Editorial Board member of several professional journals: European Archives of Otorhinolaryngology, Clinical Otolaryngology and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal.
Matthew Smith is currently Senior Fellow in Skull Base surgery, Hearing Implants and Otology in Manchester. He completed otolaryngology training in the East of England, including the regional Otology Fellowship in Cambridge. He undertook a PhD in Cambridge exploring the diagnosis and treatment of Eustachian tube dysfunction, and continues to conduct research in this field. Matthew has led both clinical and laboratory research studies, delivered educational research and collaborated in novel medical device development. He is co-Chief Investigator for the NIHR-funded STARFISH trial assessing the efficacy of steroid treatment for sudden sensorineural hearing loss. Matthew founded the East of England Trainee Research collaborative, and is a founding member and recent ex-Chair of INTEGRATE, the UK National ENT Trainee Research Network.