International conference of NISH commences tomorrow

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 3: The first international conference and Audiology International Master class Series (AIMS 2015), hosted by the National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) will be inaugurated by Dr. M K Muneer, Minister for Social Welfare and Panchayat on December 4 at Hotel Udaya Samudra, Kovalam.

The three day conference themed "Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE's) and New Born Hearing Screening" will be led by professionals in the field of Audiology. The lead faculty of the conference will be Dr David Kemp, Emeritus Professor, University College London.

 He is one of the most prominent persons in the area of Audiology who discovered the phenomenon of otoacoustic emissions in humans which led to the invention of machines such as OAE screeners used for primary detection of hearing loss including   newborn children.

Dr Kemp, in his maiden visit to India will take classes on the latest developments in audiology and early screening along with Dr Ghada Al Malkhy, Assistant Professor- University College London and Prof Deepak Prasher, Emiritus Professor of Audiology at the University College London.

Dr Dimity Dornan, AO Executive Director, Hear and Say, Australia will be the other acclaimed faculty for the programme. She has been the pioneering spirit in Australia for early detection and screening of deaf babies.

The two days Master class on December 4 and 5 will focus on Auditory Biophysics and Physiology of hearing mechanism and application of OAE with special reference to different auditory disorders. This conference will be attended by around 250 professionals including few top professionals in Audiology from across the country.

The third day of the conference, December 6, will focus on developing a Newborn Hearing Screening Protocol to be used in the Indian scenario. The plenary and panel session will be led by Dr TP Ashraf, Executive Director, Kerala Social Security Mission, Dr Abraham Paul, Cochin Hospital, Dr Vinay SN (Norway) and Ms Suma Ajith (Australia) along with the expert trainers from UK.

Other prominent persons addressing the audience include Shri KM Chandrasekhar, Vice Chairman, State Planning Board, Shri G Vijaya Raghavan, Member, State Planning Board, Dr KM Abraham, Additional Chief Secretary of Social Justice, Shri A Shajahan, Secretary Social Justice and Shri VN Jithendran, Director Social Justice.

Admission restricted to registered participants. For information call the conference Coordinator Ms. Daisy Sebastian 944-679-5454 or Ms. Praveena Davis 749-785-1870.

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