Blake Papsin (MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, FAAP) was named Otolaryngologist-in-Chief, with the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in April 2013. He has been a full-time consultant since July 1996 and was the Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at SickKids for the last fifteen years.
He is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and was the inaugural chair of the Cochlear Americas Chair in Auditory Development at the University of Toronto. He is currently the inaugural chair of the Jordan and Lisa Gnat and Bastable-Potts Chair in Otolaryngology at the University of Toronto. He completed his fellowship training in paediatric otolaryngology at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, England. Papsin has published a considerable number of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has spoken widely on the subject of surgical rehabilitation of hearing loss which is his clinical focus
Lisa Davidson is an associate professor in the CID Research Department at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., in addition to being the Director of Audiology Outcomes at the CID Oral School for the Deaf. She has been involved in the programming and fitting of cochlear implants and hearing aids at CID since 1987.
She has participated in data collection as well as test and curriculum development for research projects involving children using different sensory aids as well as projects designed to evaluate strategies to optimize cochlear implants and hearing aids for children. She is the primary investigator on an NIH sponsored grant (R01 DC012778NIH/NIDCD)- “The Effects of Early Acoustic Hearing for Pediatric Cochlear Implant Recipients”. Dr. Davidson is also a faculty member in the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS) at Washington University School of Medicine.
Marie Öberg är leg. audionom och docent och arbetar som hörselpedagog samt med forskning vid Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Linköpings universitet, Öron-näsa-och halskliniken Universitetssjukhuset, Region Östergötland. Är även engagerad som universitetslektor vid audionomprogrammet, Örebro Universitet. Hennes forskningsintresse är hörselrehabilitering för vuxna och inkluderar även studier om äldre-äldre personer med hörselnedsättning. Marie arbetar med grupprehabilitering och har i flera studier utvärderat dess effekter. Marie har även varit engagerad i utvecklingen och utvärderingen av hörselrehabilitering via Internet. Hon har arbetat med validering av utvärderingsinstrument för hörselrehabilitering, och ingår även i referensgruppen för det nationella kvalitetsregistret för hörselrehabilitering.
1998 Disputerade i medicinska vetenskaper vid Uleåborgs universitet med avhandlingen “Childhood hearing impairments and hearing screening. An epidemiological and clinical study of hearing in children and the implementation of the present hearing screening programme for pre-school children in Northern Finland”
2007 Docent i audiologi vid Uleåborgs universitet
2016 Professor i audiologi vid Örebro universitet
Elina Mäki-Torkko är professor i audiologi och hon är verksamhetschef på Audiologiskt forskningscengrum vid Universtietssjukhuet i Örebro. Hon arbetar bland annat med att kartlägga förekomsten och riskfaktorer till åldersrelaterad hörselnedsättning. Hennes forskning handlar också om cochelaimplantat (CI). Vuxna som får CI går från att känna sig isolerade och att vara beroende av andra i olika kommunikationssituationer till ökat oberoende. Det är ett av huvudresultaten av en pågående longitudinell studie om vuxna CI-användare. I studien belyses frågor om nyttan av CI avseende hörselresultat och livskvalitet 1 och 3 år efter implantation.
Sue was a teacher of deaf children, and the teacher of the first child in the UK to have a cochlear implant. She experienced at first-hand the impact that cochlear implants have had on deaf children’s lives, transforming their opportunities for communication, language learning and literacy.
She helped establish The Ear Foundation to fund the first paediatric cochlear implants in the UK, and went on to co-ordinate the Nottingham Paediatric Cochlear Implant Program, from 1989 to 2004, developing it to become one of the biggest children’s programmes in the world. She developed methods for assessing and monitoring young children before and after implantation, and led much of the work done in making the case for the cost-effectiveness of paediatric implantation and its recognition as routine management by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in England.
Sue was Chief Executive of The Ear Foundation from 2008 to 2016, developing services which bridge the gap between the clinics where implants are fitted and home, school and work where they are used in everyday life. The Ear Foundation delivers a family programme, a continuing education programme, clinical services and research and advocacy programme. It has won many awards for its work, including the Queen’s Award.
Sue has published widely on the education of deaf children and on outcomes from implantation, and received her doctorate from the University of Nijmegen, cum laude, on the subject of Deaf Education: changed by cochlear implantation? The answer is…..yes but not enough! She has published widely in academic journals on paediatric implantation, its evaluation, management and delivery.
Sue specialises in qualitative research, exploring the issues that are important to families, children and adults with hearing loss using today’s technology to influence policy and practice. This research has led to the publication of public policy documents with Brian Lamb, public policy expert, aimed at raising the public and professional awareness of the huge impact of hearing loss for individual and society and the potential of hearing technology to change this. These documents brought together the latest literature, new health economics work, and user led research and have been used widely in Europe, and disseminated in USA and Australia to influence public policy.
Sue has recently been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Nottingham for her work, and continues to be in demand internationally to give key note lectures and workshops on the impact of deafness and today’s hearing technologies and their long-term management in both children and adults. She believes that deafness is an unseen disability with unrecognised impact, whether in children or adults, and that the benefits of today’s technology, including implantation, which have surpassed expectations should be more widely known and available.