Conference Chair

Carol Lau

Ms Carol Lau

R-Aud, R-SLP, R-HIP (CSHHPBC), Certified Audiology (SAC)
Audiologist, Organizer

Carol is an audiologist who, for the past 2 decades, has run a private practice hearing aid clinic in Vancouver specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus, hyperacusis, and misophonia. She is also the designer and owner of CAPDOTS (CAPD Online Therapy System) – a web-based therapy program for treating auditory processing disorders. Carol is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Scientific Committee Co-Chairs

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Dr Sylvie Hébert

University of Montréal

Sylvie Hébert is Professor in audiology at Université de Montréal, where she teaches evidence-based practice in audiology and specialized courses on tinnitus and hyperacusis. She is a member of the BRAMS (International Laboratory for research on Brain, Music, and Sound) and of the Center of Research on Brain, Language, and Music (CRBLM). Her research expertise includes auditory and non-auditory factors involved in loudness perception, tinnitus and hyperacusis, and objective measures of tinnitus. She is a board member of The Hearing Foundation of Canada.

Pawal Jastreboff

Dr Pawel Jastreboff

Ph.D., Sc.D., M.B.A.
Jastreboff Hearing Disorders Foundation

Dr. Jastreboff is currently Professor Emeritus at Department of Otolaryngology, Emory University School of Medicine.  After 8 years at Yale University and 8 years at the University of Maryland, where he established the first Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Center in the USA, he moved to Emory University.  In 1984 he proposed the first accepted animal model of tinnitus, in 1988 the neurophysiological model of tinnitus and Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT).  He is involved in clinical work and treating patients with tinnitus and / or decreased sound tolerance since 1990.  Simultaneously with clinical work he has been conducting basic science and clinical research aimed at delineating the mechanisms of tinnitus and designing new methods of alleviation of tinnitus, hyperacusis and misophonia.  In 2001, together with Margaret M. Jastreboff, Ph.D., he proposed concept, the name and the initial treatment for misophonia.

Dr. Jastreboff received a Ph.D. in Neurophysiology (1973) and Doctor of Sciences Degree  (habilitation, 1982) in Neuroscience from the Polish Academy of Sciences.  He did his Postdoctoral training at the University of Tokyo, Japan.  In 2005 he received M.B.A. (valedictorian) from Goizueta Business School at Emory University.  He has been a Visiting Professor at University of Tokyo and at Yale University and currently holds Visiting Professor appointments at University College London and Middlesex Hospital, London, England.  From 2001 until 2010, together with Margaret M. Jastreboff, Ph.D., he has been Adjunct Professor at Salus University teaching tinnitus and hyperacusis class in Au.D. program.  1954 audiologist (about 25% of all Au.D. degrees in the USA) took this class.  He is a co-author of over 130 papers, 170 abstracts and three books.  In 1993 he received the prestigious Robert W. Hocks award for his contribution to the field of tinnitus and in 2014, at 11th International Tinnitus Seminar the Award for Clinical Excellence, for 25 years work of TRT.

Scientific Committee Members

Barbara Canlon, Ph.D., Kaolinska Institute, Sweden

Dirk de Ridder, Tinnitus Research Initiative

Victoria Duda, M.Sc.A., Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow, Université de Montréal, Canada

Berthold Langguth, Tinnitus Research Initiative

Patrick Neff, Tinnitus Research Initiative

Arnaud Norena, Ph.D., Université Aix-Marseille, France

Winfried Schlee, Tinnitus Research Initiative


Conference Staff

Ms Joyce Liu
Marketing & Social Media


Ms Natalie Tran
Student Volunteer Leader

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Ms Shirley Young

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