Rebecca Heywood

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Rebecca Heywood


Dr Rebecca Heywood is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Ear Sciences Centre, The University of Western Australia, and the Ear Science Institute Australia.

Based in Singapore, she was appointed as a Consultant in Otology, Neurotology and Hearing Implants at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital in Singapore in 2017.

Dr Heywood graduated from the University of Manchester, UK and did her postgraduate surgical training in London. She completed fellowship training in Otology and Skull Base Surgery at the Ear Science Institute Australia and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, and had clinical attachments at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, Causse Clinic in Beziers and Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.

Dr Heywood has participated in stem cell research at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, Manchester and published and presented clinical research in all areas of ENT. Her current work is focused on hearing loss and cognitive functioning in the ageing population, collaborating with Ear Science and a number of institutions and researchers in Singapore. She is passionate about fostering a high quality collaborative research network and was organizing chairman of the first World Hearing Day Research Symposium in Singapore in collaboration with Ear Science.

She currently also holds an appointment as a Clinical Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore.

Top publications:

Heywood R, Gao Q, Nyunt MSZ, Feng L, Chong MS, Lim WS, Yap P, Lee TS, Yap KB, Wee SL, Ng TP. Hearing Loss and Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia: Findings from the Singapore Longitudinal Ageing Study. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2017;43(5-6):259-268.

Heywood RL, Vickers DA, Pinto F, Fereos G, Shaida A. Assessment and Outcome in Non-Traditional Cochlear Implant Candidates. Audiol Neurotol. 2017;21(6):383-390.

Heywood R, Ifeacho S, Narula A. Effect of intratympanic steroid administration on sensorineural hearing loss associated with acute otitis media. J Laryngol Otol. 130(6):532-5; 2016.

Heywood R, Atlas M. Simultaneous cochlear implantation and labyrinthectomy for advanced Meniere’s disease. J Laryngol Otol. 130(2):204-6; 2016.

de Wynter EA, Buck D, Hart C, Heywood R, Coutinho LH, Clayton A, Rafferty JA, Burt D, Guenechea G, Bueren JA, Gagen D, Fairbairn LJ, Lord BI, Testa NG. CD34+ AC133+ cells isolated from cord blood are highly enriched in long-term culture-initiating cells, NOD/SCID - repopulating cells and dendritic call progenitors. Stem Cells 1998;16:387-396