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Name: Mark Sayles
Exchange Destination: USA
Award Name: Fulbright - Action on Hearing Loss Research Award
Host Institution: Purdue University
Home Institution: University of Oxford
Level Of Study: Scholar, Professionals
Discipline: Medical Sciences
Award Year: 2013-14
Mark Sayles grew up in South Yorkshire and studied medicine at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. During pre-clinical training he pursued research in mammalian auditory neurophysiology at the Cambridge Centre for the Neural Basis of Hearing. He completed a PhD thesis on the temporal representation of complex sounds in the auditory brainstem as part of the prestigious Cambridge MB/PhD program.
Upon qualifying in medicine Mark undertook foundation training in Cambridge and Suffolk before moving to Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham to complete an otolaryngology-themed core surgical training. He is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and has a passion for integrating laboratory-based auditory neurophysiology with clinical practice in otology.
His goal is to aid the development of novel implantable auditory prostheses for the hearing impaired. Mark was recently appointed as NIHR academic clinical fellow in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery at the University of Oxford.
He is a keen long-distance runner, amateur chef, and DIY enthusiast.
As a Fulbright scholar, he will work in the Auditory Neurophysiology and Modeling Laboratory at Purdue University to conduct experiments aimed at unraveling the physiological bases of noise-induced hearing loss.