Prince Sultan Grand Hall
Dear colleagues and guests:
As the president of Saudi Society for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology (SSSPA) Conference 2019, it is my great pleasure and honor to extend an invitation to you to attend and participate in the 2nd SSSPA Conference. On behalf of the Saudi Society for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology (SSSPA) and the organizing committee, we look forward to welcoming you to Riyadh!
With a firm belief in the necessity of team work for the advancement of science, research and evidence-based patient care, we are particularly excited this year that we are planning a special scientific program which encompasses different professionals working in the field. Our conference this year will particularly emphasize the updated evidence-based practice bases of clinical assessment and management and provide clinicians with hands-on training relevant to their practice which could include technology/device specific skills. Audiologists, Otologists, Neuro-otologists and Speech Language Pathologists/Therapists are all invited to participate and submit abstracts for free papers, clinical case presentations, and poster presentations on all aspects relevant to Audiology, Balance, Speech Language Pathology, communication, feeding and swallowing, Otology/Neuro-otology, Implantable auditory devices and Aural rehabilitation. Our scientific program will include key note talks from prestigious figures, round table discussions, invited papers, free papers and posters. In addition to that we will be running pre-program hands-on workshops. We aim at providing an opportunity for audiologists, speech language pathologists/ therapists, physicians/surgeons, educators, hearing scientists/therapists and hearing aid dispensers to converse, collaborate, network and exchange ideas and knowledge. A platform will also be provided to leaders of the hearing industry and international manufacturers to present and highlight new technologies and advancements in the field.
I look forward to welcoming you to Riyadh at what promises to be a most stimulating and enjoyable event!
Dr. Shaza M. Saleh,
President of the SSSPA Conference 2019
Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh, KSA
26- 28 September 2019
Founder and executive director of The American Institute of Balance, one of the largest balance centers in the U.S.A. Dr. Gans received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Auditory-Vestibular Physiology. He has presented or published over 150 programs and papers worldwide in the area of equilibrium disorders. He is the author of 8 textbook chapters and texts ranging from diagnostic vestibular testing, vestibular rehabilitation, BPPV treatments and pediatric vestibular evaluation. Dr. Gans served as the President of the American Academy of Audiology (2004-2005)
Patrick Boyle studied undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Brunel University, for a Masters in Medical Physics at City University and received his PhD in Auditory Perception at Wolfson College Cambridge. He has worked extensively in speech and hearing perception, initially in telecommunications as a design engineer at Philips, then at the Royal National Institute for the Deaf, where he worked on a signal processing hearing for profoundly deaf people. That project resulted in development of a single channel cochlear implant system and moved to the National Health Service where he worked as a clinical scientist at University College Hospital. For the last 20 years he has worked at Advanced Bionics in a variety of clinical and research roles. His current position is Senior Director of External Cooperation.
• Member of Academic Examination Board and Professor at Radbound University Nijmegen (RUN, Fac. Linguistics, Fac. Medicine & Biomedical Sciences)
• Scientific Faculty Member of the Barany Society (2016).
• Vice-Chair of Intern Evoked Response Audiometry Study Group (IERASG)
• Assistant Professor Dar Al-Hekma University
• Assistant Professor Dar Al-Hekma University
• Professor for ENT, Phoniatrics and Pedaudiology at Jade University of Applied Sciences Oldenburg
• IHA Institute for Healing Technology and Audiology
• President of Saudi ORL Society
• President of Arab Academy of Otology and Cochlear Implant Professor King Saud University
• Director of King Abdullah Ear Specialist Center King Abdulaziz Hospital PO Box 245 Riyadh 11411
Workplace: Jeddah Institute for Speech and Hearing Years of experience: 28 years Job title: Consultant-Speech-Language Pathologist Position: Clinical Services Director Head of the Early Intervention Program Level of Education: PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Clinic Director
- Speech Language Pathologist Howard University Hospital
• U.S. trained speech-language pathologist who has served families of children with hearing loss for more than a decade.
• She is also an AG Bell certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist and has worked in a variety of settings including, non-profit clinics, homes, and online therapy (telepractice).
• Dr. Pretto has also conducted research which examines the factors affecting access to early hearing detection and intervention services and she has collaborated on investigations into the speech-language outcomes for pediatric hearing aid users.
• She is a fluent Cued Speech user and has supported cochlear implant recipients in the preschool and primary school settings as a Cued Speech transliterator.
• Dr. Pretto has served as a Rehabilitation Manager at MED-EL Headquarters since August 2017.
• Head of clinical support MED-EL Headquarters
• MSc Industrial engineering, Management Center Innsbruck, Innsbruck, 2014
• BSc, biomedical science, Advanced Technical College for life science, Innsbruck, 2003
• BSc, process and control engineering, Management Center Innsbruck, Innsbruck, 2011
• Head of clinical support, since 2015
• Clinical Engineer, MED-EL Headquarters, Innsbruck, Austria, 2007 – 2015
• Liquide Handling Engineer, R&D department, TECAN Group, Männedorf, Switzerland, 2005 – 2006
• Biomedical scientists, Research Lab of the Neurology Department of the Innsbruck University Hospital, Innsbruck, Austria, 2003 - 2005
• Team Leader, Objective Measures, R&D
MED-EL Corporation, Innsbruck, Austria
• Dr. Spitzer studied Physics at the University of Innsbruck.
• In 2006 he completed his PhD thesis on the Measurement of ECAP Potentials of the Auditory Nerve at the Institute of Applied Physics under supervision of Prof. Erwin Hochmair.
• During this time he created the very first program used to measure ECAP responses in a MED-EL subject.
• Since completing his PhD, he has been working at MED-EL R&D as Team Leader for Objective Measurements and e.g. wrote the MED-EL ART-Guide.
• Dr. Spitzer and his team are improving existing measurement methods as well as examining new methods for clinical use. They are involved in many ongoing collaborative studies with clinics, collect feedback for implementing improvements and provide expert trainings related to Objective Measures to CI centers around the world.
• Manager of Clinical Audiology and Education, Middle East MED-EL Medical Electronics
• After completing the federal higher technical institute in industrial engineering at the HTL Waidhofen/Ybbs, Mr. Danzer studied Medical Technology at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria.
• Mr. Jürgen joined MED-EL in 2007 and started as a Clinical engineer at MED-EL headquarters in Innsbruck as a specialist for EAS (electric acoustic stimulation).
• After 4 years at headquarters he moved to Australia to build MED-EL Australasia and lead the clinical team in his role as Clinical Manager. In 2014 Jürgen started his new position as Clinical Manager for the Middle East.
• He is committed to improve the quality of the clinical support and to provide the best possible outcome for all MED-EL CI recipients in the area.
• In his role as Manager of Clinical Audiology and Education for the Middle East he is presenting at different national and international conferences as well as conducting and providing various expert trainings related to Cochlear Implants.
• Julie graduated from Manchester University, Faculty of Education, Department of Education and Audiology, England, as a teacher of both hearing and hearing-impaired children in 1979.
• She received an M.Ed. in Audiology in 1983.
• From 1979 -1982 she played a significant role in establishing a centre for education of hearing impaired children attached to Anatolia University, Eskisehir, Turkey.
• From 1983 onwards she worked as a senior audiologist at this centre. Her work focused on diagnosis of infant hearing impairment and running of an effective early intervention program.
• In 1992, she worked as senior audiologist at Birkdale School for the Hearing Impaired, Southport, UK.
• From 1996 to 2000 Julie helped to set up and run an early intervention program attached to Canossian School for Hearing Impaired, Singapore.
• She also played a major role in establishing a cochlear implant program with Singapore General Hospital and was coordinator of this pediatric CI program.
• From 2000 onwards she has worked as International hearing implant and rehabilitation manager for MEDEL Hearing Implant Company, based in Turkey. Her work focuses on: support of CI clinics and habilitation centers; providing training on fitting and habilitation issues and fitting and evaluation of hearing implant users.
• Julie has designed habilitation materials to aid professionals working with young hearing-impaired children and their families.
• She presents regularly at international conferences and has published scientific papers.