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Professor Roger Thornton

The IERASG Council and membership are saddened to hear of the passing of former IERASG Chairperson Professor Roger Thornton. Roger was a true pioneer in hearing research¹. He ran the evoked potential section at the Institute of Sound & Vibration Research in Southampton and has served as UK lead in ENT, UK Clinical Research networks, Southampton, United Kingdom and Department Head at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust². As IERASG Council Chair, Roger established a strong tradition of combining excellent science with good humour, friendship and collegial support. In Roger’s own words the IERASG “is a society that is comfortable with itself, does not take itself too seriously and produces good science with great fun”. Roger enthralled and entertained people with his magic tricks and was the instigator of the much sought after IERASG ‘gag’ awards. We awarded Roger a boomerang at this year’s IERASG Biennial Congress in recognition of his coming back again despite telling us that Busan was his last Congress. Sadly, 2017 was Roger’s last Congress and we will no longer get to hear him present or see his magic. We are grateful for Roger’s contribution to our field and to our organisation. Our thoughts are with Roger’s family.

Suzanne Purdy, IERASG Chair, 21 October 2017



  • The photo galleries from IERASG 2017 are available here

    IERASG 2017 meeting registration is now open
  •   Program XXV IERASG,     Book of abstracts

  • The IERASG at the XXXIII World Congress of Audiology (WCA 2016), September 19, 2016, Vancouver, Canada
    The IERASG presented a special session at WCA 2016: IERASG: USING EVOKED POTENTIALS TO SOLVE CLINICAL PROBLEMS. Chair: Suzanne Purdy
    Speakers: Andy Beynon, Mridula Sharma, Bob Burkard, Barbara Cone, John Durrant
    In this session, the use of auditory evoked response potentials in clinical audiology was illustrated in examples of knowledge translations bridging research and practice.
    Abstracts of presentations

    S. Small, M. Sharma, and J. D. Durrant at the WCA2016 in Vancouver.

  • The photo album section was added

  • A report from IERASG 2015 Meeting was published in Journal of Hearing Science.
    You can read it here.

  • XXIV IERASG Biennial Symposium
    10-14 May 2015, Busan, Korea
      book of abstracts,   Report from the meeting
      Meeting summary by Robert Burkard,