Hearing and the Brain: Translating research into practice

Register now for the Hearing and brain symposium organised by Macquarie University and the Australian Hearing Hub











Following the World Congress of Audiology, this satellite symposium aims to provide clinicians and researchers in fields of audiology, gerontology and cognitive science with current information of the interaction between aging, cognition and hearing loss. International experts in this field will present their research and then engage in a panel discussion which will consider what further information is needed and what is the pathway to translation.

Friday 9 May, 2014, 9am – 4pm
Australian Hearing Hub, Lecture Theatre,
Level 1, 16 University Avenue,
Macquarie University
Sydney Australia

$95 including GST (includes full catering)
$65 Student Special (details as above)

Registration closes on Monday 28 April 2014 or when fully booked. Seating is limited.

Enquiries: Isabelle Boisvert E: isabelle.boisvert@mq.edu.au T: (02) 9850 1065

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Please note visitor parking is limited.

Symposium booklet



Prof Sakkie Pretorius
DVC (Research), Macquarie University
Welcome address


Prof Mary O’Kane
NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
Conference opening


A/Prof Frank Lin
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine & the Bloomberg School of Public Health
Hearing Loss, Cognitive Decline, & Brain Aging


Morning tea


Prof Kelly Tremblay
University of Washington
The Aging Auditory System and its Measurement


Prof Kathy Pichora-Fuller
University of Toronto
Effects of hearing loss and aging on remembering what was heard: In one ear and out the other?




Prof David Ryugo
Garvan Institute
Hearing Loss and Synaptic Plasticity


A/Prof Blake Johnson
ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD)
Measuring Brain Changes in Hearing Loss and its Remediation


Panel Discussion
Moderator: A/Prof Catherine McMahon, Macquarie University


Drinks and light refreshments


Dr Frank LinDr Frank R. Lin, M.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Geriatric Medicine, Mental Health, and Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medical and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr Lin’s epidemiologic research focuses on how hearing loss impacts the health and functioning of older adults and the role of hearing rehabilitative strategies in potentially mitigating these effects.




Kelly TremblayDr Kelly Tremblay has been an audiologist for over 20 years and is currently a Professor of Audiology at the University of Wash- ington, Seattle. Her commitment to advancing “translational research” is evident through her service: for years she co-wrote the Moment of Science series that appeared in Audiology Today, she serves on many planning committees as well as editorial boards, including a recent 5 year term for the journal “Ear and Hearing” and she recently edited a book  series with  Robert  Burkard titled “ Translational Perspectives in Auditory Neuroscience.”



Kathy PichoraDr Kathy Pichora-Fuller is a Professor of Psychology at UTM. She is also an Adjunct Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation In- stitute and at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest, and a Guest Professor in the Linneaus Centre for Hearing and Deafness Research at Linköping University in Sweden. She is the hearing expert for the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging and is now translating her lab-based research to address the needs of older adults who suffer from both hearing and cognitive impairments.



Dr David RyugoDr David Ryugo is the Curran Foundation Professor of Auditory Neuroscience  at the Garvan Institute and conjoint professor in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of New South Wales.  His research, using animal models  of hearing loss, focuses on mechanisms of hearing and brain changes consequent to hearing loss.




Black JohnsonDr Blake Johnson is Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, Director of Research in Hearing and Cognition at Macquarie University, and a Chief Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD).   Dr Johnson’s research uses functional neuroimaging techniques, particularly magnetoencephalography (MEG) to investigate the neural bases of cognition and its disorders. His current work examines auditory and cognitive brain function in cochlear implant recipients using a novel MEG instrument customised to cope with the strong artefacts produced by the implant device.




Hearing and brain symposium partners





An initiative of Macquarie University, the Australian Hearing Hub brings some of the country’s best services and support organisations together with one of the country’s leading research universities to collaborate on world-leading research projects.

The Australian Hearing Hub is an initiative of the Australian Government being conducted as part of the Education Investment Fund.