Keynote Speakers


Dr Robert J. Zatorre

McGill University

Robert Zatorre is a cognitive neuroscientist at the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University. His laboratory studies the neural substrate for auditory cognition, with special emphasis on two complex and characteristically human abilities: speech and music. He and his collaborators have published over 280 scientific papers on topics including pitch perception, auditory imagery, absolute pitch, perception of auditory space, and the role of the mesolimbic reward circuitry in mediating musical pleasure. His research spans all aspects of human auditory processing, from studying the functional and structural properties of auditory cortices, to how these properties differ between the hemispheres, and how they change with training or sensory loss. His lab makes use of functional and structural MRI, MEG and EEG, and brain stimulation techniques, together with cognitive and psychophysical measures. In 2006 he became the founding co-director of the international laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound research (BRAMS), a unique multi-university consortium with state-of-the art facilities dedicated to the cognitive neuroscience of music. In 2011 he was awarded the IPSEN foundation prize in neuronal plasticity, in 2013 he won the Knowles prize in hearing research from Northwestern University, and in 2017 he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada. He is a classicaly trained organist, and lives in Montreal with his wife and collaborator, Virginia Penhune, Professor of Psychology at Concordia University.


Dr Barbara Canlon

Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Karolinska Institute

Dr. Canlon’s laboratory is working to understand the normal hearing process and causes of hearing deterioration as a step toward the prevention of hearing loss. In an effort to learn how hair cells and nerve fibers become damaged, Dr. Canlon’s group is conducting molecular experiments to identify key players in this process.  Dr. Canlon has recently discovered that the cochlea contains a self-sustained circadian clock, which continues to tick in culture. The current research focus is to understand the molecular mechanisms through which the circadian clock regulates cell and organismal metabolism and the reciprocal feedback of metabolism on circadian oscillators in the inner ear.  We anticipate that a better understanding of clock processes will lead to innovative therapeutics for a spectrum of auditory disorders.

     Dr. Canlon has been head of the Experimental Audiology Section at the Karolinska Institute for the past 25 years and has had numerous major administrative duties at the Karolinska Institute.  She is currently Editor-in-Chief for Hearing Research. She received her bachelor degree from Brooklyn College, City University of New York and then her Master´s at the University of Michigan. She then moved to Stockholm and obtained her Ph.D. at the Karolinska Insitute. After a post-doc at Institute Pasteur, Paris and CNRS-INSERM, Montpellier she established her laboratory at the Karolinska Institute and became professor in 2001.


Dr Grant Searchfield

University of Auckland






Invited Speakers

Sylvie Hebert 300 x 300

Dr Sylvie Hébert

University of Montréal



Dr James Henry

National Center Rehabilitative Auditory Research



Dr Dirk De Ridder

University of Otago
Tinnitus Research Initiative