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Declan Costello, MA, MBBS, FRCS(ORL-HNS),
Consultant Ear,
Nose and Throat Surgeon,
Wexham Park Hospital,
Slough, Berkshire, UK.

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Changes are afoot here at ENT & Audiology News, so loyal readers will notice a few differences for March/April 2024. As always, we are keen to hear from you, so please do get in touch with your feedback!

In previous years, we would usually feature a group of articles on a specific topic in our ENT and our Audiology features (for example, a group of articles on ‘sinusitis’, or ‘ear implants’). We are changing this format, so you will now see a spread of articles covering a range of different clinical topics. Our aim is to be able to publish articles on current and important subjects, and to bring you ‘breaking news’ of research developments.



We are delighted to welcome some colleagues who will be providing guidance for the next few months in their own specialty areas, and highlighting subjects for us to cover: our new ‘Speciality Editors’ will be Jonathan Fussey (H&N), Victoria Possamai (paediatrics) and Chris Potter (rhinology). Otology guidance will come from Emma Stapleton, who will need no introduction.

In another innovation, we feature a special supplement covering a specific topic – our good friend Prof Peter Rea has brought together a selection of articles on balance and vestibular disorders. He provides an introduction to the articles at the beginning of the supplement.

We are especially proud for March/April 2024 to highlight the amazing work done by the team at ENT Masterclass®, and particularly by Shahed Quraishi. For those unaware of the work of Shahed and his team, they provide free ENT education around the world, with lectures given by global leaders in their respective fields. ENT Masterclass® has just celebrated its 20th year, and Ray Clarke has spoken to Shahed for ENT & Audiology News.

In fact, our new format allows us to cover an amazing array of topics: from a new robotic approach to orbital malignancy, to sleuthing down fraud in research publications, to the dark history behind the patron saint of the nose.

Finally, we would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to Prof Valerie Lund, who becomes a Dame – this honour is thoroughly deserved, following an outstandingly illustrious career in rhinology and skull base surgery. We are particularly delighted to publish the first in a series of articles by Valerie. As you will see from her first instalment and future ones, we hear about a range of her experiences in professional life.








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