I think I speak for all of us when I say that I cannot wait to travel again, attend in-person meetings, and connect with my friends and colleagues throughout the world. That said—we are once again postponing the 19th International Symposium on Inner Ear Disorders, March 20-27, 2021.
When we rescheduled to March of this year, we had no idea that the pandemic would still be raging all over the globe. In fact, Hotel Theresa is currently closed and is letting us postpone our meeting to March 12-19, 2022. If you will still be able to attend, you can rollover your registration fees once again. If not, please contact our Society Director, Brenda Speed, for a refund. Many airlines, including Delta and American, are still waiving their change fees, so you may be able to change your flights to March 2022 without any additional penalties or costs.
Dr. P. Ashley Wackym, Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a Chancellor Scholar of Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences, has graciously agreed to continue as our next recipient of the Gold Medal Award. He plans to give several talks highlighting his research, which currently focuses on cognitive dysfunction before and after surgical management of third window syndrome, cochlear implantation, outcomes of Gamma Knife surgery, balance disorders, and the development of new biomedical engineering technologies.
Along with Dr. Wackym, we anticipate having many excellent speakers and roundtable discussions. After all, science and medicine has not been shut down because of COVID-19! I hope the majority of you still plan to attend the 2022 meeting.
Many of our attendees and members do cochlear implant surgery. I wanted to make you all aware of the upcoming virtual meeting by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance scheduled for April 28-May 1, 2021. I am including the meeting link if you would like more information. https://www.acialliance.org/page/CI2021.
“Let us give thanks to seeking spirits, to those with initiative, who raise questions of interest, stimulate active researches, provoke oppositions, because in a word, science gains and humanity applauds.”
~ Prosper Méniere, 1861
Letter from the Director:
Welcome to the Prosper Ménière Society Webpage. One of the highlights of our society is the biennial Symposium on Inner Ear Disorders, the next of which will be held March 21-27, 2020. This is a week-long forum featuring presentations and discussion on inner ear diagnosis, medicine, and surgery. The presenters are the tops in their respective fields, and the research is cutting-edge. The symposium also features presentations from the Gold Medal Award recipient. The Gold Medal Award is given to an individual who has furthered the goals of the Prosper Ménière Society through research excellence, scientific innovation, and far-reaching contributions to the investigation of inner ear disorders. You will find a list of the “GREATS” who have received this award on our website. The meeting venue is the Hotel Theresa in Zell im Zillertal, Austria. For those who have attended the meeting in the past, you probably know why we return there year after year. Not only is it a great venue for our symposium, with all-inclusive accommodations for guests, the location provides many excellent opportunities for skiing, hiking, bike riding, or—if you prefer—relaxation.
I hope you take the time to browse our site and, if you have not already done so, will consider joining our society.
I look forward to seeing you in Zell in 2020.
About the Prosper Ménière Society:
Named after Prosper Ménière (1799-1862), the Prosper Ménière Society was founded in 1981 by the International Meniere’s Disease Research Institute (IMDRI) of the Colorado Otologic Research Center (CORC). The Society was reorganized in 1990 and moved to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where it is presently. It is a 501(c)-3 non-profit organization.
The primary goal of the Prosper Ménière Society is to promote the academic dissemination and discussion of basic and clinical research data on Meniere’s disease and all aspects of inner ear dysfunction, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment. Its primary meeting, the International Symposium on Inner Ear Disorders, is held every other year and convenes a scholarly group of basic and clinical researchers from the fields of otolaryngology, otology/neurotology, neuroradiology, and audiology for a week-long continuing medical education program.