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2018 Research and Advocacy Accomplishments

by Shaylynn H.

As we begin 2019, the International Misophonia Research Network (IMRN) and Misophonia International are proud to highlight the productive year for misophonia research (and advocacy).

2018 IMRN Accomplishments

The IMRN and Misophonia International would like to congratulate the following IMRN Advisory Board researchers on their accomplishments:

  • Congratulations to Mercede Erfanian! Ms. Erfanian has a background in clinical psychology and neuroscience with a particular focus on affective disorders. Her research concerns understanding brain mechanisms in patients with mood and anxiety disorders. At the moment, her research focus is specific to misophonia, its brain mechanisms, cognitive and emotional characteristics and co-morbidity with affective disorders. In 2015, she joined the International Misophonia Research Network (IMRN), and she is currently collaborating with Dr. Sukhbinder Kumar on a joint study at the universities of Newcastle. Recently, she has started an EU-funded project (Soundscape Indices SSID) in the department of environmental design and engineering (IEDE) of UCL (Acoustic Group). Her research aims to achieve a ground-breaking development through the establishment of ‘soundscape indices’ (SSID) adequately reflecting levels of human comfort. This will provide the underpinning science for soundscape in the field of human sound/auditory perception.
  • Congratulations to Michael Mannino! Neuroscientist, philosopher, and athlete Michael Mannino recently graduated with his Ph.D. in neuroscience at the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. His research is in computational cognitive neuroscience and focuses on complex information flow in large scale brain networks. Michael is currently an adjunct professor teaching philosophy, critical thinking, ethics, logic, psychology, and comparative religion at Miami Dade College in Miami, FL. He has a Masters in philosophy from California State University, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science in astrophysics from Florida Institute of Technology. Michael’s other main relevant interests include all aspects of fitness and movement and particularly how they relate to the brain and a conceptual framework called “embodied cognition.” His website is: embodiedfit.com

And, a special thank you to the REAM Foundation for granting funding for misophonia research! For more information, see: http://reamfoundation.org

Upcoming 2019 Projects

  • On-going research at Newcastle University with Dr. Suhkbinder Kumar
  • Developing more classes for parents of misophonia sufferers
  • The expansion of the Misophonia Provider Network




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