Department News

Tinnitus Study

SIU School of Medicine is conducting a research study to determine if people who suffer from tinnitus (ringing in the ears) detect silent gaps embedded in background noise differently from people with only hearing loss (no tinnitus).  The purpose of the study is to assist researchers in developing better techniques for studying tinnitus.

If you are 18 to 75 and experience tinnitus every day, you may qualify to participate in this free study.  If you do not have tinnitus but suspect you might have some hearing loss, you may also qualify to participate. If you are able to participate, you’ll be referred to an SIU Audiologist for a free hearing test, after which you may qualify for the “gap” hearing test.

The study takes 2-3 hours to complete and can be done all in one day or on 2 different days.

Jeremy Turner, PhD is the Principal Investigator for this study.

Please contact Deb Larsen, at (217) 545-8087, or email for more information or to refer a patient.

‘Denim & Diamonds’ Cancer Institute Fundraiser Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Aug. 3, 2015 — Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is hosting its 15th annual “Denim & Diamonds” fundraiser Saturday, October 3. The funds raised will support innovative research projects and enhance patient comforts. More than 90 percent of the funds raised at the event stay local.

Guests at Denim & Diamonds are encouraged to dress in their finest denim or formal attire for the event, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield. This year’s theme is “It’s a Wonderful Night for a Moondance.” Tickets are $125 per person or $1,250 for a table of 10 and are available by calling 217-545-2955. 

Both the live and silent auctions feature vacation homes, gourmet dinners, sporting event tickets, original artwork, one-of-a-kind jewelry and much more. Visit the auction website at http://www.siumed/edu/cancer and click on Denim & Diamonds. Along with the auction, the event will feature an elegant sit-down dinner and live music by the upStandard Citizens of Springfield.

This year’s presenting sponsors are Memorial Medical Center and Simmons Hanly Conroy. Other sponsors include:  HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Merrill Lynch – The Noonan Group, Bank of Springfield, BUNN, Clinical Radiologists, Springfield Clinic, Brandt Consolidated, Jeff and Christine Bennett, Aziz and Tarfa Khan, Gina Kovach and Dave Steward, Lois and Jerry Kruse, Dr. Kevin and Pat McVary, REGENCY, Rita and Jack Victor/Michael Davis & Jay Fields, and Walgreens. Media sponsors are Capitol Radio Group; Mid-West Family Broadcasting, The State Journal-Register and Springfield Scene magazine.