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The 4th Laryngology Society of Australasia organising committee will be sourcing a range of high profile keynote speakers to attend the conference.

Keynote Speakers

Sid M. Khosla

A/Prof Sid M. Khosla

UC Health Voice and Swallowing Center

Sid Khosla, MD, specializes in treating voice and swallowing disorders, and is a partner with Rebecca Howell, MD, at the UC Health Voice and Swallowing Center.

Dr. Khosla is nationally known for his expertise in vocal cord and airway reconstruction. Under the direction of the only fellowship trained Laryngologist in the region, his team provides several methods to view the larynx, evaluate vocal conditions, examine and evaluate voice conditions. These methods are customized to the needs of each patient for professional voice users. Singers, actors, entertainers and media professionals have very unique vocal demands. Lawyers, members of the clergy, politicians, professors and teachers also fit into this group. The UC Health Performance & Professional Voice Center has built relationships with the local and national voice and singing community to become the premier center in Cincinnati treating patients from the Cincinnati Opera, College of Conservatory Music at the University of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Symphony, and traveling artists performing in the Cincinnati area. The Center was pleased to be a part of the UC Health sponsorship of the 2012 World Choir Games, where its role focused on the clinical and educational aspects of the UC Health mission. During the Games, the Center provided clinical services to any singer with voice problems, as well as multiple lectures and other educational activities focusing on voice care for professional singers.

In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Khosla is a leader in the research field pioneering new techniques to treat voice and swallowing disorders. Dr. Khosla has been awarded an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health. As one of only six laryngologists in the world to have a R01 NIH award, Dr. Khosla is well qualified to integrate cutting edge research findings into clinical care. A devoted member to the Cincinnati community, Dr. Khosla serves as a member on the Cincinnati Opera Board.

Yo Kishimoto

Dr Yo Kishimoto

Kyoto University Hospital, Japan

Dr. Kishimoto is an assistant professor of dept. of ORL-HNS, Kyoto University, JAPAN. He graduated Kyoto University in 2001 and received residency training at Kyoto University Hospital and its affiliated hospital. He earned his doctoral degree from Kyoto University in 2011, and completed postdoctoral fellowship at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

Clinically, Dr. Kishimoto is certified by the Japanese Board of Otolaryngology, the Japanese Board of Bronchoesophagology and the Japanese Board of Head and Neck Surgery, and his expertise includes the treatments for head and neck cancers, surgeries for voice disorders, airway stenosis as well as swallowing disorders. The focus of Dr. Kishimoto's research is on vocal fold mucosal biology and tissue engineering of the trachea/larynx.

Sonja Molfenter

Dr Sonja Molfenter

Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders,
New York University

Dr. Sonja Molfenter is a faculty member in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at New York University. She completed both her clinical training and her doctorate in the Department of Speech Language Pathologist at the University of Toronto. Dr. Molfenter is the Director of the Swallowing Research Lab at NYU. Her research specializes in understanding the physiological features of both normal swallowing and disordered swallowing. Her over-arching research goal is to produce clinically relevant research to inform front-line clinical practice. Her research examines naturally occurring muscle loss in the pharynx as the result of aging and the impact of this loss on swallowing function. Currently, she is investigating interventions to prevent and/or reverse negative age-related changes to swallowing function. In addition to research, Dr. Molfenter enjoys teaching about dysphagia and research to undergraduate, masters and doctoral level students at NYU, and frequently provides post-professional training at national and international continuing education events.

Marshall Smith

Dr Marshall Smith

Professor of Laryngology and Pediatric Otolaryngology, University of Utah

Dr. Marshall Smith is a professor of Laryngology and Pediatric Otolaryngology in the Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Utah. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology at UCLA and a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology in Cincinnati in 1991. He was most fortunate to study laryngology and pediatric laryngology with Dr. Gerry Berke and Dr. Seymour Cohen in his residency, and Dr. Robin Cotton and Dr. Charles Myer in fellowship. Following the lead of his friend and mentor Steve Gray, he has combined interests in laryngology and pediatric ENT with clinical practices in adult and pediatric laryngology. He began at the University of Colorado where his voice research career progressed with Dr. Ingo Titze and Dr. Lorraine Ramig. He came to the University of Utah in 1997 and has worked with Dr. Steve Gray, Dr. Nelson Roy, and Dr. Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer on many basic and clinical voice research endeavors. He has been an NIH funded investigator and participates in research on various voice and airway disorders; he is currently an investigator or co-investigator on eight funded projects. He is medical director of the Voice Disorders Center, co-director of the Airway Disorders Center at the University Hospital, and a member of the Esophageal-Airway Team at Primary Children's Hospital. He is a member of the Triological Society, the American Laryngological Association, and the American Broncho-esophagological Association. He has received the Gabriel F. Tucker award from the ALA for contributions to pediatric otolaryngology, and the Chevalier Q. Jackson award from the ABEA.

Nathan Welham

Dr Nathan Welham

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Nathan V. Welham, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor of Surgery (Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI, USA. He completed his undergraduate, graduate, and early clinical training in speech-language pathology at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand; followed by a Ph.D. (Communication Sciences and Disorders, Genetics minor) and clinical fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Welham specializes in the assessment and treatment of patients with organic, neurological, and functional voice disorders, resonance disorders, and upper airway disorders such as paradoxical vocal fold motion. He is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Dr. Welham's research program in vocal fold biology has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2007. His group investigates a series of clinically-motivated topics, including vitamin A transport and the role of macula flavae stellate cells in vocal fold biology, vocal fold injury and repair, and vocal fold tissue engineering. Dr. Welham holds a particular interest in the application of systems biology tools to better understand the vocal fold's biological complexity. His collaborative work spans the fields of biochemistry, cell and matrix biology, immunology, and materials science.

Carol Wham

Prof Carol Wham

Professor of Public Health Nutrition at Massey University, Auckland

Carol Wham is an experienced dietitian and Professor of Public Health Nutrition at Massey University, Auckland. She has undertaken a sustained programme of research focused on improving the nutritional health of older people. Carol has been an investigator in two longitudinal studies of ageing; Life and Living to Advanced Age: a Cohort Study in New Zealand and within the New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study. She has examined malnutrition across community, hospital and residential care settings and leads the ENRICH study which seeks to Evaluate Nutrition Risk and Intervene to enCourage Healthy eating.

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