Lecture by honorary doctor Ingeborg Hochmair-Desoyer

  • Date: –14:10
  • Location: Universitetshuset, sal IX
  • Lecturer: Doktor Ingeborg Hochmair-Desoyer, MED-EL Medical Electronics GmbH, Innsbruck, Österrike
  • Organiser: Vetenskapsområdet för medicin och farmaci
  • Contact person: Agneta Mattsson
  • Föreläsning

Public lecture by Doctor Ingeborg Hochmair-Desoyer, appointed honorary doctor of the Faculty of Medicine, with the title Cochlear Implants and the significance of Translational Research.

Ingeborg Hochmair-Desoyer, Doz. Dipl.- Ing. Dr. techn. DDr. h.c, is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of cochlear implant development, one of the greatest medical discoveries of all time. This surgical treatment offers a cure for congenital deafness in children and gives them a verbal language. Even those suffering from adult-onset deafness can regain much of their lost hearing. The method involves inserting an electrode into the cochlea that delivers rapid acoustically generated electric signals to the auditory nerve, which are then delivered to the brain. Together with her husband, Erwin Hochmair, Hochmair-Desoyer developed the first multichannel electrode embedded in a silicone casing. This laid the foundations for operating on the severely hearing impaired even when some hearing remains, a treatment known as electroacoustic stimulation (EAS). In 2013, she was awarded the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. Since 1990, Hochmair-Desoyer has been building the company MED-EL in Innsbruck, Austria, managing the company with a focus on research and development and globally supporting successful research into hearing loss, including a number of research projects at Uppsala University Hospital’s Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases Clinic, as well as at Uppsala University.