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CI2021 Cochlear Implants in

Children and Adults

April 28-May 1, 2021 / Dallas, TX

Scientific Program Committee: American Cochlear Implant Alliance

CI2021 Cochlear Implants in Children and Adults is scheduled for April 28 - May 1, 2021 in Dallas (TX) “Cochlear Implantation: It takes a village” will emphasize the importance of a team approach in the management of adult and pediatric CI patients and provide attendees with opportunities to explore current and emerging topics that impact CI outcomes for patients across the lifespan. Expanded indications and management of special needs populations (adults and children) will be explored.  Cognition, vestibular assessment, surgical approaches, and therapy are also to be emphasized.

With this conference, we are transitioning to a new process utilizing a national Scientific Program Committee of CI clinicians, researchers, and educators to lead development of the program.  The committee has already begun their work. At their suggestion, we encourage abstracts addressing how cochlear implantation can continue to be provided during the COVID pandemic timeframe without sacrificing care.  We are especially interested in scientific papers on telehealth.

Featured Session:

Social Justice and Hearing Health Care: Addressing Equity in Cochlear Implantation Panel Moderator and Introduction: Matthew Bush MD/PhD


  • Sheree Sims: CI Coordinator/Outreach to African American Community, University of Cincinnati
  • Nicole Marrone PhD: Healthcare disparities in AZ Hispanic population
  • Jacob Hunter MD: Hearing Health Disparities, University of TX Southwestern
  • Carrie Nieman MD/MPH: Hearing Health in Older Americans, Johns Hopkins

Improving CI Access with a Spanish Test Battery / Keynote Address Alejandro Rivas, MD /Case Western Reserve, University School of Medicine

How the Past Shapes the Future and What to do About It Panel moderated by Howard Francis MD/MBA, Duke University

Niparko Memorial Lecture: Degeneration and Regeneration of the Inner Ear Konstantina Stankovic, MD/PhD, Harvard University Medical School

Climbing the Ladder to Success: Audiology Professional Development

Meredith Holcomb AuD (Moderator) with panelists Gabrielle Cager AuD, Rene Giffrord PhD, Alejandra Ullauri AuD, William Shapiro AuD and Terry Zolwan.PhD

Audiologists often have limited mentorship throughout their career which can make the process of navigating the professional climb seem daunting and impossible. This session will address the need for mentorship in audiology and will outline potential challenges for achieving academic success. A panel of CI audiology experts will tell their stories of professional development and will answer questions from the audience. This is a unique opportunity for audiologists to learn from one another and develop potential mentor / mentee relationships.




Student Scholarships are offered annually by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance for these meetings. Scholarships are intended for full-time students, fellows and postdoctoral scholars who have a clinical or research interest in cochlear implants. Awards will include registration, a $120 travel stipend to help offset expenses, and a one-year student membership in ACI Alliance. Scholarship recipients are required to attend the conference in full.

Applications are due no later than October 15, 2020. Click here for application.

A Student Poster Competition is also available for abstracts submitted by student authors. 

Here are answers to your questions about the upcoming meeting:

Will there be a physical meeting?

We are cautiously optimistic about being able to meet in person in late April 2021 though there is much we don’t know at this time. Given the extraordinary events of the past four months, we recognize that some of our members may be unable to travel; hence we are planning to offer an online opportunity to participate.  We pledge to continue to communicate with you on these issues.

Will there be opportunities to submit to present podium and poster presentations?

Yes! The conference abstract submission site will open August 15 and the deadline for submission is October 15. If there is a physical meeting, preference will be given to those who will attend the conference and present in person.

Where will be the conference be held?  What provisions are being made for safety?

The physical meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Dallas but only if it is safe to do so. We are developing plans for how the meeting could be structured to ensure sanitation and disinfection of common areas and keeping attendees at distance from one another and are working with the Hyatt on these plans. We will continue to assess the feasibility of a physical meeting over the coming months. If it is determined that a physical meeting is not possible,  we would conduct the meeting entirely online.

What about fees?  Will there be CEUs?

The conference registration fees will be the same as in prior years, which includes a significant reduction for ACI Alliance professional (Organizational or individual) members. A registration fee will be charged both for in-person and/or online participation. It is expected that CEUs will be provided from the American Academy of Audiology, ASHA, and AG Bell. CME will also be provided.

Will there be special opportunities for students?

The annual meeting is student friendly. We will offer scholarship opportunities for students interested in clinical studies or research related to cochlear implants. The application will be posted September 15 and will be due November 15. We will also be conducting a student poster competition. Students should submit as part of the abstract submission process (which opens on August 15 and is due October 15).  The scholarship application and poster competition will be reviewed by Board Committees. Additionally, full-time students, interns and residents are eligible for student rate registration.

How can I stay up-to-date on conference decision-making?

We will communicate with members regularly on how our decision-making on the conference is progressing.  Information will be posted on the ACI Alliance website as well as on the specific conference website

The mission of the American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance is to advance access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness.