In line with the specialty's traditional structure and with the intention of exploring frequently occurring/common conditions and procedures, the Department's research falls within the following themes:
- Balance (otology and vestibulogy)
- Flavour (rhinology)
- Sleep (head-throat)
- Hearing/tinnitus (audiology).
To ensure a more or less equitable distribution of activities on each theme, the aim is to establish one post doc period or one PhD within each theme in addition implementing a range of more limited projects.
Balance (otology and vestibulogy)
2020 will see the initiation of a PhD project entitled "Dysfunctional eustachian tubes: causes, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis" by Doctor Niels Holm.
This PhD project will be based on cooperation particularly with the Ear, Nose and Throat Department in Aalborg and a wide range of ENT doctors in the Central Denmark and North Denmark regions.
In the longer term, these efforts will cover all of Denmark as all Danish patients who undergo balloon dilatation of the eustachian tube are registered in a joint database. Even at this early point, the national cooperation was consolidated in a published status article counting one author from each of the Danish regions.
Louise Devantier continues her vestibulogy studies as a post doc. The focus of her work is visualisation of cerebral networks through vestibular stimulation in collaboration with several international researchers.
Alexander Fjælstad is a post doc in the flavour field. His study focuses on the sense of taste from tongue to brain and includes, among others, cancer patients. Additionally, Alexander is engaged in a considerable number of collaborative projects with a wide range of reputable international researchers. An altogether unique feature of the Flavour Clinic is its link to the Flavour Institute.
Andreas Niklasson's PhD project "Olfactory training and brain plasticity" aims to elucidate the scope of and the physiological mechanisms underlying the effect of olfactory training. The population basis for the study is patients with post-inflammatory and post-traumatic hyposmia/anosmia.
Talent and research year student Jelena Stankovic explores food fussiness and neophobia (fear of new foods). Her project compares a group of healthy children/adolescents in the town of Ringkøbing with a group of ADHD patients from the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic in Skejby and counts Professor Per Hove Thomsen as a co-supervisor.
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is common in Denmark - among children and adults alike. This topic is therefore the focus of Tina Lildals PhD study, in which children suspected of OSA are sleep-monitored before and after tonsillectomy.
The work is performed in cooperation with Professor An Boudewyns from the Antwerp University Hospital.
With a view to establishing a PhD project in the field of audiology, a REDCap database is being established focusing on the paediatric area.