The Roger Thornton Award

Professor Roger Thornton passed away on 19th October 2017 and a Memorial Fund has been created in his name to support students to attend and present their research at scientific conferences, and gain a broader perspective of audiological research. Professor Roger Thornton graduated with a degree in Electronics before being awarded his PhD in 1969 whilst working at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton. Roger developed expertise in auditory electrophysiology; his research interests led him to develop the clinical use of the human ABR to identify tumours of the auditory brainstem and measurement of the cochlear travelling wave velocity, of relevance to frequency coding within the cochlear and to Ménière’s disease. Roger was made Professor and became the Director of the Southampton outstation of the MRC Institute of Hearing Research where he coordinated a major study of the OAE as a screening test for neonates. This work helped form the foundation upon which the English newborn hearing screening programme was built.

The Roger Thornton Memorial Fund is open for applications from UK based students to support the travel and associated costs with presenting the findings of their research at scientific conferences. Applications are open to both members and non-members of the BSA, however it would be expected that the winner of the award would become a BSA member (BSA membership is free to students). Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

a. They must be UK-based students  at a UK Higher Education Institute. They can be students at either undergraduate or postgraduate level.

b. The nature of their research must be directly related to audiology/hearing science.

c. The research submission has been accepted (or provisionally accepted) for presentation at a scientific conference

Click on the links below for more information and to apply.