Scientific Program

Scientific Program

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



Abstract Submission

Abstract submission for CI2020 is now closed. The deadline was September 27, 2019.

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Abstract Review and Notification: Email notifications were sent to corresponding authors on November 26, 2019. If you did not receive a notification, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration Requirement: Upon acceptance, all presenting authors of both oral and poster presentations must register for the meeting and are responsible for their registration and travel expenses. Failure to register by January 6, 2020, will result in removal from the scientific program.

Student Poster Competition: A Student Poster Competition will be held for those enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, residency or fellowship program. Student authors may indicate if an abstract should be considered for the Student Poster Competition as a part of the abstract submission process.

Posters entered in the competition will be judged on:

  • Content/Poster Organization and Preparation
  • Display Appearance
  • Originality and Merit
  • Oral Discussion/Knowledge and Presentation

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Review the CI2020 CE Policies.


Presenter Resources

Podium Presenters

Click here to review the CI2020 Audio Visual Guidelines.

Click here to review the CI2020 PowerPoint Creation Guidelines.

Advance Submission:

CI2020 will be utilizing a Presentation Management system that allows for advance submission of presentations, review of presentations in the Speaker Ready Room, and networked transfer of presentations into each session room. ACI Alliance requires that presentations be submitted IN ADVANCE of the meeting to allow adequate time for closed captioning to be prepared for your presentation (at least 24 hours in advance of your session start time). Access to the Presentation Management system will be granted in mid-February 2020. 

Speaker Presentation Times:

Adherence to speaker presentation times will be strictly enforced. Unless otherwise specified, presentation lengths are as follows:

Podium: 9 minutes
Poster Highlight: 3 minutes

In order to provide equal opportunity for each presenter and adequate time for Q&A at the end of each session, this time schedule must be strictly adhered to and will be enforced by the moderator, ACIA staff and the A/V team. There will be a timer on the podium and a second timer on the floor by the confidence monitor. Please pay attention to the timers during your presentation. If your presentation runs over your allotted time, your slides and microphone will be turned off.

Poster Presenters

Click here to review the CI2020 Poster Guidelines.

Click here to review the complete CI2020 Poster List with Poster Numbers.

Poster Format Requirements:

Your poster must meet these guidelines:

  • Posters must be no larger than 44" tall by 30" wide. *Note the vertical format*

  • A copy of the abstract must be incorporated into the poster or may be attached to the upper left-hand corner of the panel.

  • A section at the top of the poster must contain the Title, Authors, and Affiliations.

Important Poster Session Events:


Wednesday 3/18

Thursday 3/19

Friday 3/20

Poster Set-up

1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

7:00 am - 3:00 pm


Poster Session & Student Poster Competition


4:40 pm – 5:40 pm


Additional Viewing (during Welcome Reception)


5:40 pm – 7:10 pm

7:00 am – 3:30 pm

Poster Removal*



3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

*Posters not removed by 5:30 pm on Friday, March 20 will be discarded.

Registration, Housing, and Travel

Registration Requirement for Presenters: As noted in the submission policies, all presenting authors of both oral and poster presentations must register for the meeting and are responsible for their registration and travel expenses. The Presenter Registration deadline has been extended to January 6, 2020Failure to register by January 6, 2020, will result in removal from the scientific program. Click here to register.

Questions? Contact:

Julia Peterson

Senior Administrator, CI2020 International

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