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Dual honours for Manchester BRC Hearing Health Lead

NIHR Manchester Biomedical Centre (BRC) Hearing Health Lead Professor Kevin Munro has become a Principal Fellow of The British Society of Audiology (BSA) and North West Committee Chair of the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme.

The new British Society of Audiology (BSA) award is bestowed to members who have made a highly significant and lasting contribution to audiology. This is the highest honour the BSA can bestow (just seven Principal Fellows have been appointed nationally). Professor Munro’s Principal Fellowship recognises his considerable contribution to research, national and international education and training, and his leadership and influence in hearing policy and practice at a worldwide level.

In addition to this prestigious BSA award Professor Munro has recently been appointed North West Committee Chair of the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme. The RfPB programme funds health, public health and social care research covering a wide range of health service challenges and is focused on funding research that generates patient benefit.

Professor Kevin Munro, Manchester BRC Hearing Health Lead said: “I am extremely honoured and proud to receive this recognition from The British Society of Audiology both personally and for the research we carry out in here in Manchester. It serves as a reminder that I need to redouble my efforts to increase the profile and impact of audiology. Hearing loss has the dubious honour of being ranked first in terms of years lived with a disability yet receives only 0.4% of NHS health expenditure and 0.61% of UK health research funding.

I also look forward to my role as Chair of the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme. This scheme is central to the National Institute of Health Research and its focus on funding research that generates patient benefit resonates with that of Manchester BRC.”

Professor Kevin Munro