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 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 CI2020 Scientific Program committee will assemble an exciting robust program, offering a variety of keynote lectures, panel discussions, and podium and poster presentations discussing research on cochlear implants and other implantable technologies across the age continuum. Anticipated abstract session topics will include SSD Surgery and Device, Intelligent Mapping in Expanded Indication Subjects, EAS in Adults, Beyond Speech Perception, Increasing CI Market Penetration and much more! 

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, PhD (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 - 5:00 pm

Continue the Conversation after the Forum at a Reception 

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.



Abstract Submission

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

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Abstract Review and Notification: The Program Committee has the responsibility to review and rank all abstracts that are submitted. Abstracts will be considered for both Podium and Poster Presentations. Email notifications will be sent to corresponding authors no later than November 30, 2019.

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 December 16, 2019, 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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