Scientific Program

Scientific Program

Scientific Program

Charles Limb, MD

CI2017 Scientific Program Co-Chair

Nikolas Blevins, MD

CI2017 Scientific Program Co-Chair

Colin Driscoll, MD

Chair, ACI Alliance Board of Directors

Bruce Gantz, MD, FACS

CI2017 John Niparko Memorial Lecturer
Chair, CI Conferences Committee

The CI2017 Pediatric Symposium will assemble a multi-specialty group of clinicians and scientists to explore current topics having the greatest impact on improving pediatric cochlear implant outcomes. The symposium will be organized around six themes with keynote speakers addressing these themes and podium talks providing further exploration of research and clinical insights.

CI2017 Program Schedule and Scientific Posters:

Click here to download the CI2017 Program Book!

CI2017 Keynote Presentations:

We are delighted to announce the following keynote presentations scheduled for the CI2017 Pediatric meeting. Click each image to expand for more details on the presentation.


Monita Chatterjee, PhD

Director, Auditory Prostheses & Perception Laboratory
Boys Town National Research Hospital
Omaha, NE

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Bruce J Gantz, MD

Professor and Head, Dept of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery
University of Iowa

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Charles C. Della Santina, PhD MD

Professor of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery and Biomedical Engineering
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Baltimore, MD

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Michael Merzenich, PhD

Professor Emeritus, UCSF School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology
San Francisco, CA

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Anne Fernald, PhD

Associate Professor, Josephine Knotts Knowles Professor in Human Biology
Stanford University




Technology Panel: 

Cochlear Implants and Technology - How Do We Bridge the Gap?

Moderator: Vinton G. Cerf, PhD (Google)
Panelists: Poppy Crum, PhD (Dolby); John Hernandez (Verily); Mike Marzalek (CI User); and Nate Niparko (Accel)
Presentation Date and Time: Saturday, July 29, 10:15 - 11:35 am
We live in a remarkable time where the pace of technology and its integration into the fabric of everyday society increases at an astonishing rate. Cochlear implantation remains the most successful neural prosthesis to date. Yet, there appears to be a gap between the rate of technological progress and the rate of progress in CI technology. Further improvements in cochlear implantation will occur when we are able to better integrate other breakthroughs in related biotechnology, including improved device design, integrated cellular- or pharmaco-therapy, the use of advanced techniques for data collection/ mining, novel approaches to cochlear implant programming strategies, and improved integration with other communication technology.

In this panel, we will discuss how to push the field forward beyond its current plateau, and discuss how to increase interactions and meaningful linkages between CI technology and technology that exists in our smartphones, laptops, and computers. We will also discuss how industry has approached similar problems of high-quality auditory stimulus delivery beyond the world of CIs, in order to figure out what lessons can be applied to our field.


Abstract Submission

The Call for Abstracts for the 15th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children (CI2017 Pediatric) is now closed.

Abstract Submission Deadline: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 11:59 pm CST. Click here to log into the Abstract Submission System

The Program Committee has the responsibility to review and rank all abstracts that are submitted. Email notifications will be sent to the corresponding author. The program will include podium and poster presentations presenting research on cochlear implants and other implantable technologies in children. All presenters of papers and posters are required to register for CI2017 and are responsible for their own travel expenses. Click here to review the CI2017 CE Policies as they pertain to abstract submission.

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The CI2017 Abstract Guidelines are as follows:

• The deadline to submit abstracts is Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 11:59 pm CST.
• Abstracts must be submitted in English.
• Indicate the preferred type of presentation (oral, poster).
• The title should be as brief as possible but long enough to indicate clearly the nature of the study. Abbreviations must not be used in the title.
• The title text should be no longer than 300 characters.
• The body of the abstract should follow the following structure: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion.
• Abstract text (without title) should be no longer than 3,000 characters.
• Please check spelling and grammar carefully. All abstracts will be published as submitted.
• Please use generic names in the body of the abstract. No commercial, hospital, or institution names may be used.
• Disclosure documentation will be collected during the submission process. You MUST complete this in order to submit your abstract.
• Upon acceptance, all presenting authors of both oral and posters must register for the meeting and are responsible for their registration and travel expenses.
• The Scientific Program Committee will provide further information upon acceptance and prior to the Meeting.


Symposium Themes

CI2017 Pediatric Symposium Themes:

Music: Improving Perception and Appreciation: Despite the remarkable advances in outcomes in pediatric cochlear implantation, restoration of music appreciation remains elusive. We will explore the metrics by which music appreciation can be measured, the role of the peripheral and central auditory system on this process, and implications of access to music on children with hearing loss. With this understanding, we will explore opportunities to improve access to music in our pediatric CI population.

Technology: Improving CI Results in an Increasingly Interconnected World: Cochlear implantation remains a model for success in biotechnology, providing prosthetic restoration of a special sense. Further improvements in cochlear implantation will occur when we are able to better integrate other breakthroughs in related biotechnology, including improved device design, integrated cellular- or pharmaco-therapy, use of advanced techniques for data collection/ mining, and improved integration with other communication technology. Speakers and panelists from related disciplines will explore pathways to leverage resources and opportunities available in biotechnology fields to the benefit of our pediatric cochlear implant patients.

Cognition: Improving Our Understanding of Language Development and Central Plasticity: The successful development of language remains a central measure of pediatric cochlear implantation. We will bring experts together with diverse expertise in the development of language and how it relates to hearing – from peripheral signal perception to CNS plasticity. The role of early and targeted intervention will be explored, and where habilitation efforts are likely to be most productive to improve outcomes.

Outcomes: Improving the Use of Metrics for Success: Objective assessment of current outcomes is critical to formulating a path to improved future results. We will consider objective measures and determinants of how children perform with their implants—including device/signal processing technology, candidacy issues, surgical techniques, and post-implantation rehabilitation. Taking a multidisciplinary and multifactorial approach to these complex issues will allow the isolation of key factors that may most improve outcomes.

Indications: Improving Hearing in Expanded Populations: The continued improvement in pediatric cochlear implant outcomes has allowed its use in expanded populations of children. Issues such as the indications for implantation in the presence of single-sided deafness, residual functional hearing, and congenital malformations will be examined. Similarly, indications for cochlear implantation in children with concurrent challenges (e.g., cognitive, medical/surgical, socioeconomic) will be assessed in an effort to offer objective guidelines in candidate selection and direct future study.

Delivery: Improving Efficacy, Availability, and Efficiency in CI Care: Outcomes of pediatric cochlear implantation are vitally dependent on access to implantation services from experienced providers. Many children and families affected by hearing loss are at risk for suboptimal results due to economic or geographic constraints. Similarly, many CI centers are under increasing economic pressures in their attempts to provide the highest quality implant care. The clinical and procedural complexity of CI care can make learning the process a challenge for new clinicians. We will examine innovative methods to optimize access to care, in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Current trends and experience in teletherapy and remote mapping will be explored as an opportunity to expand CI benefits to a greater population. Special sessions are planned for new CI clinicians to learn approaches and insights from experienced leaders.


Presenter Resources

Podium Presenters

The A/V Guidelines for podium presenters are now available! Click here to download the A/V guidelines.

Please remember that we have allotted 9 minutes for all podium abstract presentations. Please allow adequate time for transitions as you prepare your presentation. After your title slide, you are required to include a slide disclosing any relevant conflicts of interest related to your presentation.

Podium presenters should reference the complete program schedule available here for their presentation date and time. 


Poster Presenters

Click here to download the complete CI2017 Poster Guidelines.
Poster Format Requirements:

Your poster must meet these guidelines:

  • Posters must be no larger than 44" tall by 44" wide.
  • 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:

Please reference your email invitation and/or the full poster listing to locate your poster number. Click here to download the complete list of CI2017 Poster Presentations.


Wednesday 7/26

Thursday 7/27

Friday 7/28

Poster Set-up

10:00 am – 7:00 pm

7:00 am - 3:00 pm


Poster Session


4:15 pm – 5:30 pm


Additional Viewing


5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Poster Removal*



3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

*Posters not removed by 5:30 pm on Friday, July 28 will be discarded.


Registration, Housing, and Travel

All podium and poster presenters are required to register for the CI2017 Meeting and are responsible for their own travel expenses. 


Questions? Contact:

Julia Peterson

CI2016 International Conference Administrator

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