Report by: Dr Sumit Mrig, New Delhi, India and Professor Hesham Negm, Cairo University, Egypt.
After a successful 4th World Congress in the city of Cape Town, South Africa, the venue for the 5th World Congress of Cochlear Implants in Emerging Nations (CIEN) shifted to the city of the iconic pyramids and the oldest civilisation, Cairo, Egypt, under the auspices of Global Cochlear Implant Access Network (GCIAN) and Professor Fatthi Abdelbaki who took over as the President of the GCIAN from Professor James Loock last year.
Group picture of the faculty.
The Congress took place from 9 - 11 October 2019 at the Convention Centre of Intercontinental Hotel Cairo City Stars which had excellent infrastructure to host faculty and delegates from 32 countries across the world with more than 1500 registrations for the congress and numerous exhibitors from the industry. The congress took place in collaboration with OtoAlex 19; Egyptian Society Cochlear Implants; EAVMA and the Brazilian Association.
The meeting started on a high note with more than 65 faculty members from across the globe who sat down on the first day to a new concept adopted by the GCIAN steering committee called ‘World Café’. The three-hour gruelling interactive brainstorming session involving the best of cochlear implantation faculty paved the way to frame guidelines on 11 burning topics in the subject. The session moderators came out with consensus guidelines in cochlear implantation for possible publication in an international journal.
Prof Baki honouring Prof Lenarz.
The academic programme was enriched by round table discussions, keynote lectures, symposia and panel discussions. Additionally, there was great emphasis on the rehabilitation process due to the important role it plays in cochlear implantation (CI); speech rehab halls were seen crowded with specialists and doctors eager to learn more about the most recent CI rehabilitation methods and techniques.
Among the highlights of the meeting was the great support from Germany, USA, and Russia. There was also a large number of Indian delegates, as Professor Sunil Dutt took over as the President of the GCIAN to organise the 6th World Congress in Bangalore, India in 2020.
Prof Dutt receiving the presidency.
The Congress was a huge success and participants enjoyed the scientific and the cultural atmosphere visiting the Giza pyramids, Egyptian museum and other different parts of Cairo and Egypt.
Prof Negm with Prof Diab (Russia) at the pyramids.
Organised by: GCIAN
In collaboration with: OtoAlex 19’, Egyptian Society for CI Conference and Brazilian Association
Preliminary programme: The congress frame this year will be divided into two main tracks:
The first track:
A - Scientific sessions which will be in the form of plenary lectures, workshops or instruction courses addressed mainly to the juniors as comprehensive instruction courses in CI; otology; audiovestibular and speech rehabilitation.
B – On-stage cadaveric dissection demonstrations in different ENT fields by eminent surgeons (cochlear implant; ESS basic and advanced; rhinoplasty; sialoendoscopy; parotidectomy; and obstructive sleep apnoea).
C - Pre and post congress hands-on dissection in ENT field for a limited number of participants.
The second track:
Will have dedicated special sessions (world café) which will discuss challenges regarding the CI programme; how to overcome it; hearing problems; and possible solutions with success stories in the three continents (Africa, Asia and South America).
N.B: Special offers for registration and accommodation are available for attendee groups.
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