Scientific Program

CI2020 International: 16th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Technologies

American Cochlear Implant Alliance
University of North Carolina

Educational Directors
Kevin D. Brown, MD, PhD
Margaret Dillon, AuD
Harold C. Pillsbury, MD

The CI2020 Scientific Program is NOW AVAILABLE!

Review the complete CI2020 Scientific Program Schedule

Review the CI2020 Scientific Posters

The theme of the CI2020 International Conference is Expanding Indications for Cochlear Implantation. The program aims are to identify the outcomes of cochlear implant recipients who exceed current candidacy criteria for cochlear implantation, determine the patient and device variables that contribute to patient performance, and explore different practice models to continue to provide the best care as the volume of cochlear implant recipients increases. 

The John Niparko Memorial Lecture will be given by Konstantina Stankovic, MD, Ph.D. on degeneration and regeneration of the inner ear. Dr. Stankovic is Chief, Division of Otology and Neurotology and Director of the Molecular Neurotology and Biotechnology Lab at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard University. 

In addition to the Niparko Address by Dr. Stankovic, this year’s scientific program has been organized to include six special lectures by leaders in the field on specific topic areas, allowing them to share their work as keynote speakers.

Keynote Speakers:

Oliver Adunka, MD (USA) on electric-acoustic stimulation in adult cochlear implant recipients
Matthew Carlson, MD (USA) on early cochlear implantation in children
Teresa Ching, PhD (Australia) on language development in pediatric cochlear implant recipients
Bruce Gantz, MD (USA) on measures beyond those conducted in the sound booth to assess the effectiveness of cochlear implant use
René Gifford, PhD (USA) on bimodal and bilateral cochlear implantation
Paul van de Heyning, MD, PhD (Belgium) on cognition and cochlear implantation

Review the CI2020 Brochure for additional details on the meeting.

(Re)Habilitation Connect Forum - From Data to Delivery: Implementing Research-Based Intervention
Friday, March 20, 2020
12:30 - 6:00 pm

12:30 - 1:00 pm  Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 pm    Forum Sessions with Coffee Break
5:00 - 6:00 pm    Continue the Conversation at a Reception sponsored by Hearing First

In addition to (re)habilitation presentations throughout the regular scientific program, the ACI Alliance is proud to announce an afternoon forum on Friday, March 20 entitled: From Data to Delivery: Implementing Research-Based Intervention. During this (re)habilitation-focused afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in sessions designed to provide clinically-applicable, research-based information on three timely topics.

If as a therapy practitioner or educator you have wished for more in-depth information and more immediately applicable take-aways from the presentations you have attended at ACI Alliance meetings, this forum is for you. 

Review and share the (Re)Habilitation Connect Forum Brochure.

Climbing The Ladder To Success: Audiology Professional Development Session
Friday, March 20, 2020
5:15 - 6:00 pm

Calling all Audiologists! Have you ever wondered how you can grow professionally? Is it difficult to find a mentor at your current place of employment? Do you want to connect with experts in the field and learn more about the “climb to success”? If so, this special CI2020 session is exactly what you need!

Audiologists often have limited mentorship throughout their career which can make the process of navigating the professional climb seem daunting and impossible. This session will address the need for mentorship in audiology and will outline potential challenges for achieving academic success. A panel of CI audiology experts will tell their stories of professional development and will answer questions from the audience. This is a unique opportunity for audiologists to learn from one another and develop potential mentor / mentee relationships.

Meredith Holcomb, AuD, University of Miami

Allison Biever, AuD, Rocky Mountain Ear Center
Rene Gifford, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Bill Shapiro, AuD, NYU Cochlear Implant Center 
Holly Teagle, AuD, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Andrea Warner-Czyz, PhD, Caller Center, UT Dallas
Terry Zwolan, PhD, University of Michigan Cochlear Implant Program


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