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Session 20: Panel discussion: Throwing the ball further: What tinnitus research can learn from Team New Zealand’s winning of yachting’s Americas Cup
2:30pm - 3:45pm
Session Chair: Berthold Langguth Session Chair: Ana Belén Elgoyhen
Location:Second Lecture Hall
Throwing the ball further: What tinnitus research can learn from Team New Zealand’s winning of yachting’s Americas Cup.
Grant Donald Searchfield
The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Winning yachting’s Americas cup and curing tinnitus are no small feats. Both were goals of Emirates Team New Zealand's (ETNZ) principal, and founder of the Tinnitus Research Initiative, Matteo de Nora. The first goal was achieved in 2017 after many years of trying; the later goal remains unattained. Tinnitus research may not seem to share much in common with yachting, but in order to win the world’s oldest sporting trophy ETNZ faced financial, technical and methodological issues not dissimilar to the challenges we face in tinnitus research. ETNZs victory was not based on incremental improvements in design and performance, but instead a philosophy of “throwing the ball out as far as we can and see if we can get to it”. While scientific method and funders favor safe, or proven, research we may miss opportunities to rapidly advance our field if we do not take risks. This talk will use ETNZ as a sporting analogy for how we can change the tinnitus research space by emboldening researchers to take greater risks. Four themes for success will be explored; innovation, risk, persistence and people.