Executive Committee members
Quiju Wang – QW – President – Chair
Jose Juan Barajas de Prat – JJBP – past president
Rikke Schnack-Petersen – RSP – website master
Nadia Kamal – NK – congress organiser
Chrysa Spyridakou – CS – Honorary Secretary
Suchitra Prasansuk – SP
Alessandro Martini – AM – journal editor
Ewa Raglan – ER – vice president
Sebastian Hendricks – SH – Interim Treasurer
Linda Luxon – LLM – Member
- President´s Welcome
President QW gave a welcome speech. QW was delighted to be in Egypt, amongst colleagues and congratulated NK for her excellent work in organising the congress in Hurghada and bringing all the members to beautiful Egypt.
- Minutes of EC and GA meetings
The minutes of a) the June 2017 EC meeting in London and b) October GA assembly meeting in Odense were approved as a correct record.
- Report of the President – Qiuju Wanq
The president circulated a report to the EC members:
3.1 An overview of academic influence and promotion of IAPA. QW reported further increase of the Chinese IAPA members from 192 a year ago to 203. Promoting and expanding membership in North America is ongoing although there has been no significant progress. Action: QW highlighted the importance of promoting and expanding membership.
3.2 The 2nd International Advanced Forum in Auditory Neuropathy in Sweden at the Nobel Forum Hall on 2nd–3rd November 2017 resulted in developing international guidelines in auditory neuropathy.
- IAPA registration
Ongoing issue. Action plan: EC to look on registration.
- IAPA congress
NK reported that 470 delegates have registered for the 19th IAPA congress in Hurghada. A lot of the participants are from African countries and it is a good opportunity to promote IAPA in those countries.
- Secretary’s report about membership
6.1. There has been no significant increase in the number of members since June 2017. There are currently 400 members. QW informed that there are currently 203 Chinese members and NK informed that there are 57 Egyptian members. Action: CS to contact QW and NK for an up to date membership list.
6.2. CS has received email correspondence from Peter West president of BAAP raising a few concerns. BAAP has requested a reduction in subscription for trainee doctors in Audiovestibular Medicine as following a survey only three had accessed the journal via their BAAP membership. It was agreed that if no reduction for trainees could be negotiated, BAAP would withdraw trainees’ membership, although they could of course join individually.” BAAP has also requested a copy of the treasurer’s reports and accounts, a copy of the publishing agreement with the journal and minutes of the executive committee meeting. EC members agreed that there is a need for review of the membership. EC members proposed two types of membership; with and without access to the journal. Each member currently pays 23 euros to access the journal. Action: CS to write to Peter West informing of the proposal of a membership option without the journal. The minutes of the GA assembly will be available on the website. QW raised the importance of active involvement of all IAPA members.
6.3 Life membership is an option for doctors who have more than 10 years’ experience and the cost will be 500 euros Action: QW to lead on an amendment in the constitution.
6.4. CS raised again the need for admin support in order to maintain an up to date membership and website and also to actively communicate with all members. CS reported that IAPA has been unable to recruit as yet due to the delays in accessing the IAPA accounts. Tony Sirimanna did a fantastic job and TS and CS were in the process of recruiting an administrator and a new manager for the website. However due to the unforeseen circumstances those have not happened yet. Action: CS and SH to lead on recruiting admin support and review of organisation of the website.
- Treasurer Report (Appendix 1).
Sebastian Hendricks is the current interim treasurer following Tony Sirimanna’s resignation in October 2017. Obtaining account access was a lengthy process and it was not until very recently when SH was able to access the IAPA accounts. SH was unable to attend the meeting although he was available to be contacted via telephone or skype access. Unfortunately there was no skype access and the internet access was poor.SH emailed a report which is attached at the end of the minutes. In his report highlighted the following actions:
- Membership categories need to be formally clarified and agreed, they should reflect the need of current and future members and allow the long-term sustainability of IAPA.
- Any long-term membership payments need protection for future financial security of the organisation.
- Any membership groups should be by function and rights, not specific to a country.
- Annual dates for submission of member numbers and member names of national organisations need to be agreed for timely invoicing and payment.
- Invoicing and payment of membership fees require review of the method used
- All accounts should be held in the currency the membership is requested and transaction fees need to be carried by the party responsible for making the payment.
- IAPA journal
The EC has received no updates or report from the editor and manager of the journal. With view of the current issues regarding membership fees the EC agreed to consider a membership option without access to the journal. Action: CS to write to AM on behalf of the EC and informing him about the need of having a membership option without the journal.
- IAPA Website:
9.1.Peter Berglund is the current website manager and based in Sweden. EC acknowledged that the maintenance and update of the website is not as expected. RSP reported that although she works well with Peter Berglund the website is hosted at a Danish Webhotel and the treasurer has problems in paying the bills directly. Tony Sirimanna had suggested an English webhotel and a new and shorter website/domain name which would be cheaper and enable the treasurer to pay the bills directly. RSP reported that since Tony Sirimanna’s resignation there has been a very poor communication with EC members and she has received no updates or information to add to the website. Action: CS and SH to look for a new website manager as a cheaper solution and liaise with RSP. EC members to actively contribute to website maintenance and updates.
9.2 SH to explore sponsorship from companies and consider free advertising on the IAPA website.
- Audiovestibular Medicine textbook
LL very keen to update the Audiovestibular Medicine textbook and she is contact with the publishers. EC has received no updates. Action: CS to contact LL regarding up to date information
- Guideline: Clinical Practice Guideline for Assessment and Management of Auditory Neuropathy in Infants and Young Children & Adults
QW informed the EC that following the meeting in Karolinska Institute in November 2017 the guidelines are at the final version but she asked for the EC members to review aspects of the guidelines before ready for publication. Action: QW will circulate the guidelines and JJBP to review aspects, CS to review vestibular function, RSP to review audiological test battery.
- IAPA Officers
Honorary Treasurer: SH is the current interim treasurer. EC acknowledged his hard work and proposed to nominate as honorary treasurer in the GA on 20th October Action: CS to contact SH and ask if he wishes to be nominated in the GA.President: JJBP informed the EC that QW wrote to him and requested that she stays for 2 more years as a president of IAPA in order to enable her to further promote IAPA matters in China. EC members looked at the constitution and normally the vice President (ER) should become the president. EC raised some concerns about having 3 officers from the same country (UK). EC supported QW request Action: QW’s request to be discussed in the GA and GA to decide.
- Future IAPA congress
Next IAPA congress will be in Beijing in 2020. EC need to decide a theme for a round table for the congress Action: EC suggested that they will after the congress organisers and GA decide their themes.It has not been decided as yet where the IAPA congress will take place in 2022. Possible venues; Europe (England, Greece), North America Action: Venue to be agreed and decided in 2020 in China.
Executive Committee members
Quiju Wang – QW – President – Chair
Jose Juan Barajas de Prat – JJBP – past president
Linda Luxon – LL
Alessandro Martini – AM
Ewa Raglan – ER
Tony Sirimanna – TS
Chrysa Spyridakou – CS
Suchitra Prasansuk – SP
Hakan Parup – HP – Publisher part of meeting (11–12)
Rikke Schnack-Petersen – RSP
Nadia Kamal – NK
- Welcome and Announcements
1.1 President´s Welcome
President QW gave a welcome speech. QW was delighted to attend the meeting in London.
1.2 QW was sad to announce that Manfred Grass an IAPA member of honour passed away. The EC expressed their sadness. Action: JJBP will publish a biography for Manfred Grass on the IAPA website.
- Minutes of EC and GA meetings
The minutes of a) the October 2016 EC meeting in Odense and b) October GA assembly meeting in Odense were approved as a correct record.
- Report of the President – Qiuju Wanq
The president circulated a report to the EC members:
3.1 An overview of academic influence. QW reported increase of the Chinese IAPA members by 12%; currently 192 Chinese ENT are members of IAPA. IAPA has currently 400 members but the EC acknowledged that the membership list needs update as not all members are active. AM reported that 80 members from Italy (Audiological medicine and phoniatrics) are subscribers of the journal but not IAPA members. Action: QW highlighted the importance of promoting and expanding membership in particular in North America where the membership is underdeveloped.
3.2 Expand the academic influence of IAPA in China in the context of Belt and Road Initiative which is an economic development programme funded by the government.3.3 Promotion of IAPA.a) QW proposed an online training network accessible to all IAPA members which will enable members to learn and exchange ideas and knowledge.
b) QW will host the 2nd International Advanced Forum in Auditory Neuropathy in Sweden at the Nobel Forum Hall on 2nd–3rd November 2017. Invited international professionals will take part (max number 160) with aim to discuss current knowledge in auditory neuropathy with subsequent aim of the IAPA association to develop guidelines.
- IAPA registration
Ongoing issue. Action plan: TS to lead on registration
- IAPA Journal report- HP – appendix 1
5.1. AM informed the EC that currently there is a good number of article submission and many of them are from Pakistan, India, Egypt. Thomas Dewis is the new managing editor of the HB&C journal. The new online system for reviewers and author submission, works very well. There is a need though for more reviewers. Action: HP suggested ways in attracting good reviewers e.g. a) acknowledge good reviewers at IAPA congress c) issue certificates to reviewers d) appoint good reviewers to the editorial board.
5.2. HP reported that that the number of submissions and downloads increased in the last year. Hard work has been put in the journal. HB&C is in the emerging sources citation index journal (ESCI) at the lower band of indexing. Ways to achieve indexing for the journal are e.g. International editorial board and increase in citations of the published articles.
5.3.HP suggested a Free access – selection of articles The editor may select a few articles from each issue which will be ‘free online’ for time limited period. Action: AM to inform Per Sonnerfeldt on the articles selected (firstname.lastname@example.org)5.4 Abstracts in other languages
HP reported that T&F may publish HB&C abstracts in Chinese and Spanish. Action: IAPA EC to decide and get back to Per Sonnerfeldt5.5. Invoicing
a) For 2017 T&F will invoice IAPA 9,387 EURO [191 members x 21 EURO (Egypt 28, PRC 163) 128 members x 42 EURO (UK 87, Sweden 17 and 24 direct) ] Action: TS to look on why some country members pay less than others. Does the discount relate to new members? Is it only for the first year?
b) IAPA EC received notification from RSP that the Danish society members (53) withdrew membership and therefore they should not have access to the journal.
c) 300 Italian members subscribers to IAPA journal but not IAPA members. Action: AM and T&F follow up on the Italian society’s suggested online subscription.
d) IAPA should give the up to date membership list to T&F in order for the right members to be granted online access. Action: CS and TS to contact Per Sonnerfeldt with updates and member information.
- IAPA congress
The next IAPA congress is planned to be held in Egypt. EC expressed concerns that they have not received any information from Nadia Kamal regarding the place and time of the event. The EC expressed their significant concerns as the political situation in Egypt (and the region) has not changed and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Egypt. The EC have received feedback from European and international colleagues that they are not prepared to travel to Egypt for the conference. Action: CS and ER to write to NK and inform her about current concerns. Letter was sent on 5th June and NK replied that she was very disappointed with the letter. NK will organise the next conference in Egypt on 18th October 2018.
- Secretary’s report about membership
Many aspects regarding membership were covered in other agenda items. CS requested up to date list from Chinese members and TS reported he has received it. CS reported membership from Egypt needs updating and has contacted NK but has not received the list yet. Action: CS to contact NK again regarding an a up to date membership list.CS reported that admin support would be extremely helpful and beneficial for IAPA.
- Treasurer Report
8.1 TS reported that there is a British and European account of IAPA with 3 member signatures
8.2 Nordea Bank: TS informed that EC unable to access the account opened by Marie Louise in Sweden as the address is not correct Action: TS and ER to call bank regarding the address.
8.3 Membership fees 55 euros should be equal for all members. EC proposed life membership. EC decided 10 years before a member can claim life membership.
8.4 EC to consider 2 tier membership for members who do not wish to access the journal? Could they pay reduced membership fees? TS will contact RSP to discuss further if this option would be considered from the Danish ENT.8.5 TS reported that in 2017 received payment from 2 members. Action: TS to send invoices for 2015/16/17 again to country contacts (China/Egypt and also individual members. TS to ask for an updated list of members including e-mails and CS to update individually paying member’s details including e-mails.
8.6 Admin support for CS and TS Action: EC agreed to loo for ½ day per week of admin support. LL may know someone who would be interested in this role.
- IAPA Website:
9.1.Peter Berglund is the current website manager based in Denmark. EC acknowledged that the maintenance and update of the website is not as expected, Action: TS to contact Peter Berglund and get quotes for managing the website. TS to inform RSP that EC is looking for a new dynamic website manager as the website needs weekly updates.
9.2 TS to explore sponsorship from companies and consider free advertising on the IAPA website.
- Audiovestibular Medicine textbook
LL very keen to update the Audiovestibular Medicine textbook and she is contact with the publishers. LL discussed various options e,g one vs two volumes, separate editions for medical students, paediatricians, ENT, neurologist. EC suggested maintain the same type, 1 volume book. LL reported that an electronic version will be needed in the new edition. AM keen to be the editor of basic science. QW keen to write a chapter in genetics. Action: LL to identify and contact chapter editors, contact authors and contact EC members regarding topics.
- Future meetings
Next EC will take place in 2018 at the time of the IAPA congress.
- President´s Welcome.
The President congratulated Rikke Schnack-Petersen for the excellent organisation of the 18th IAPA Congress.
Alessandro Martini, Valerie Newton, Linda Luxon
- Minutes of the previous GA Meeting in Pattaya (2014)
President thanked the organizers of the Thailand meeting in 2014 for their excellent congress. The minutes from the IAPA GA meeting in Pattaya in 2014 were approved as a correct record.
- President Report.
4.1) The president attended several meetings in 2015–2016 and was given the opportunity to promote IAPA. Two of those meetings were substantial:a) The president represented IAPA in a stakeholder WHO meeting about prevention of deafness, on 7th July 2016 at Headquarter WHO, annual, workshopsb) The president was invited and attended the 28th phoniatric congress in Bilbao in September–October 2016 and organised a joint IAPA and phoniatric session. Phoniatricians very interested to co -operate with Audiological Physicians. Professor Antoinette am Zehnhoff-Dinnesen president of phoniatricians very helpful to the IAPA society4.2) The president informed the IAPA members that the updated version of the IAPA constitution has been approved by the EC members and it is on the IAPA website accessible to everyone.
- Treasurer Report.
Tony Sirimanna, presented the accounts for period 13/05/2016-0710/2016.
The treasurer transferred the money to the UK from Italy and a new account has been opened in the UK.
During that period the society received the annual payment of £4,020.5 from British members and paid £754.05 for website expenses and bank charges. The net profit was 3,314.8 and the current balance is £13,147.59. There are currently 368 members but the membership list needs update. Payment from other countries is still outstanding for 2016.
The Honorary Treasurer will explore ways in which IAPA members can pay their membership fees e.g. bank transfer, cash, world pay, pay pal, mastercard. Try to minimize bank fees as much as possible.
Rikke Schnack-Petersen presented, information about the IAPA website; how IAPA members can access the website, login information about the HBC journal via the website, how to access the journal. RSP will update the website in the next few weeks. RSP encouraged members to contact her with any ideas on how to improve the website.
- HBC-IAPA Journal
7.1) Alessandro Martini editor of the HBC journal unable to attend the meeting.
7.2) Alice Shuttleworth is the new assistant editor for the Taylor & Francis publishers. Has attended a few meetings in London and the EC meeting on 6th October in Odense. AS is looking on how to improve the citation and impact factor of the journal. Members were informed that only electronic versions of the journal will be available from now on. There are 4 issues/year. Authors will be able to submit their papers electronically. Members wanted to know the process of being reviewers for the IAPA journal and Ewa Raglan will ask the publisher and let members know.
7.3) Valerie Newton has resigned from her role as managing editor of the journal and was unable to attend. The president acknowledged her sterling work and thanked her. A new managing editor will be recruited.
- IAPA EC nomination Officers
Proposal for Honorary Secretary: Dr. Doris-Ewa Bamiou (UK) was unable to continue as Honorary Secretary and resigned in October 2015. Dr. Chrysa Spyridakou (UK) has been acting as an interim secretary since that time. Dr. Chrysa Spyridakou( UK) accepted her nomination and the General Assembly voted unanimously to confirm their choice.Proposal for Honorary Treasurer: Dr Rosamaria Santarelli, University of Padova(Italy) resigned in October 2015 and Dr Tony Sirimanna (UK) has been acting as interim Treasurer since that time. He accepted the nomination and the General Assembly members voted unanimously to confirm their choice.Proposal for President: Professor Qiuju Wang (China) has been nominated by the Executive Committee and again, that nomination was accepted by the General Assembly. Professor Qiuju Wang has been a passionate member of IAPA and since she joined the IAPA in 2012 her work has been excellent.Proposal of member of honour of IAPA: The president proposed that Professor of Phoniatrics Manfred Grass who has helped the IAPA society enormously should be nominated as a member of honour and the proposal was accepted by the General Assembly. The Honorary Secretary will inform him in writing about the nomination.
- Proposal about topics for next IAPA congress
The Theme for the conference round tables were proposed as follows:a) Proposed by the Executive Committee: Auditory Neuropathy and Dyschychrony disorders
b) Proposals of the members of the GA.The three most popular themes were:
• Gene and stem cell therapy (31 members)
• Rehabilitation of audiovestibular disorder (16 members)
• Clinical guidelines for Tinnitus (13 members)
- Future IAPA Venue
The EC members proposed that the 19th IAPA congress should take place in Egypt as agreed in Pattaya in 2014. A few concerns from GA members regarding current safety in Egypt. Nadia Kamal ensured GA members that the conference will take place in a safe area. Nadia Kamal has prepared a presentation. GA agreed that Egypt will host next congress. Beijing will host IAPA congress in 2020.
Professor Karin Schorn raised the need to identify key people in different countries in order to help the society.
Executive Committee members
Jose Juan Barajas de Prat – JJBP – President – Chair
Ewa Raglan – ER
Rikke Schnack-Petersen – RSP
Tony Sirimanna – TS
Chrysa Spyridakou – CS
Nadia Kamal – NK
Suchitra Prasansuk – SP
Quiju Wang – QW (part of the meeting)
Alice Shuttleworth – AS (2 pm–3 pm) – Assistant editor Taylor & Francis
Marie Louise Andersson-Barrenas
- Welcome and Announcements
1.1) The Executive Committee members welcomed Chrysa Spyridakou (CS) as an interim Secretary and Tony Sirimanna (TS) as an interim Treasurer. They need to be elected by GA on the 7th October.
1.2) The president congratulated Rikke Schnack-Petersen (RSP) for the excellent organisation of the IAPA congress. Grateful to the EC members for their hard work.
- Minutes of EC meetings
The minutes of a) the November 2014 EC meeting in Thailand, b) November 2014 IAPA GA assembly meeting in Thailand, c) June 2015 EC meeting in London and d) July 2016 sub executive meeting in London were approved as a correct record.
- Report of the President – Jose Juan Barajas de Prat (JJBP)
The president reported that he has taken several actions related to IAPA:
3.1) Review of Nordea account, visited bank himself (see report agenda item 10)
3.2) Update of IAPA constitution (see report agenda item 4)
3.3) Promotion of IAPA:
a) Represented IAPA in a stakeholder WHO meeting about prevention of deafness, 7th July 2016 Headquarter WHO, annual workshops
b) Was invited and attended the 28th phoniatric congress in Bilbao in September–October 2016 and presented a joint IAPA session with phoniatrics. Professor Antoinette am Zehnhoff-Dinnesen the president of Phoniatricians very supportive in collaborating with Audiological Physicians.Suchitra Prasansuk (SP) raised importance in promoting IAPA as professionals are not aware about the aim of the organisation and why they should join. SP raised importance of producing an IAPA information leaflet so as to present and promote IAPA in various meetings, congresses, conferences. Nadia Kamal (NK) also raised importance in promoting IAPA in Egypt and Africa.
Action: EC members are happy for JJBP to attend and represent IAPA by invitation in annual meetings, informative meetings and congress. SP will promote IAPA in 19–20th November conference and NK will promote IAPA in relevant meetings and societies e.g. hearing day in Egypt.
3.4) JJBP announced that Professor of phoniatrics Manfred Grass is currently unwell. Manfred Grass contributed significantly in promoting IAPA and organised summer schools in Berlin in 2008. The president proposed to nominate him as a member of honour of IAPA. All EC members agreed that he should be nominated.
Action: GA to agree for nomination and subsequently CS to send a letter to notify about nomination.
- IAPA constitution:
JJBP circulated the latest version of the constitution to the EC members for their comments. The latest version is on the IAPA website. NK asked about the need of changing the constitution. ER reported that there was a need for update/ change regarding terminology, roles of officers of association. President has reduced time to 2 years. Vice president does not automatically become president. Only 1 vice president. Need to ratify in the GA on 7th October.
Action: Discuss and ratify in GA on 7TH October 2016.
- IAPA registration
IAPA is not registered. Options of registration were discussed; Register IAPA in the UK as a charity but financially may not be beneficial for outside UK members; Register IAPA in the UK but as an international organisation; register IAPA outside the UK.
Action: TS will look into different options and update EC members.
- Report for IAPA congress in Odense, Denmark
RSP reported that 180 delegates are attending. There were 3 last minute presenter cancellations. Great support from Exhibitors. RSP thanked QW for her huge help with the organisation of presentations and EW with the vestibular session. RSP proposed that exhibitors could be sustaining members of IAPA and use LOGO on the website. Action: TS to discuss with exhibitors.
- IAPA website
RSP works very well with Peter Berglund. RSP puts the information in and Peter Berglund deals with the technical aspect. Ideas from Peter Berglund on how to improve our website.
Action: Peter Berglund to send information, links with other organisations, societies. On how IAPA website will be the first on engine search. Each country representative to encourage their national organisations to link with IAPA.
- IAPA Membership list – Honorary Secretary report
8.1.) CS reported that IAPA has currently 368 members: 163 china members, 87 UK members, 53 Denmark members, 28 Egypt members, 17 Sweden and 20 direct members. CS has received updated membership lists from the UK and Denmark. QW reported that there are 157 current Chinese members and NK reported that there are 48 Egyptian members.
ACTION: CS will liaise with QW and NK and obtain up to date lists for their members.
8.2) Process for new members. According to current process CS asks following the application for a short CV in order to process the application. This is time consuming and unnecessary process as the application form includes year of medical qualification and current post. JJBP agreed that CV not required.
Action: EC members agreed that application form adequate for membership as long as it includes year of medical qualification and current job title.
8.3) RSP announced that the Danish society is not sure if they will continue with IAPA membership as they find it very expensive. They do not feel that the journal is helpful and they would rather send their papers to pub med journals. ER felt that we will soon obtain the impact factor for the journal. Closing down the journal it would be a retrograde step. The journal is the responsibility of all IAPA members.
Action: RSP has suggested reduced membership fees for Danish members.
- HBC Journal: publishing report by Alice Shuttleworth (AS), assistant editor, Taylor & Francis:
9.1) Update on the journal’s development, submission data and usage received (attached).
9.2.) Password to access HBC journal via IAPA website has been rectified and members have been informed.
9.3.) Valerie Newton resigned. She sent a report about activity of journal in 2016 (attached). EC members acknowledged her excellent work. Action: Recruitment of a new managing editor.
9.4) Journal developments: Electronic submission system, list of peer reviewers has resulted in easier process.
9.5) EC members asked AS about process in obtaining impact factor for the HBC journal. AS stated that some of the criteria for indexing are: international editorial board, articles being cited, journal of interest, audience.
Action:AS to send more info criteria Small group working with AS.
9.6) Journal is now only online, 4 issues/ year, cost is: 42 euros, ½ prize for Chinese and Egyptians. RPS requested ½ prise for Danish members. Some members receive printed copies.
Action: AS to enquire membership fees. AS to obtain a list of members who receive printed copies of journal and see if they can have online copies instead.
9.7) IAPA Contract with Journal: Old contract was signed in 2003.
Action: IAPA renew contract with journal publishers.9.8) Marketing and publicity. No stand this year. Very important to have a stand.
- Treasurer report:
10.1) Tony Sirimanna (TS) reported that in 2016 he opened an IAPA account in the UK and 3 EC members have access to that account in order to avoid the problems IAPA has with the NORDEA account. TS report was received (APPENDIX 2). In 2015 and 2016 IAPA received payments from the UK members and individual members but not from other members. Egypt, China and Denmark collect money as a group.
Action: TS to identify best payment options e.g. paypal, mastercard, bank transfer and send outstanding invoices to members
10.2) TS enquired about royalties.
Action: AS liaise with TS.
10.3) JJBP visited NORDEA bank in Sweden regarding IAPA bank account of 14,995 euros. Has now been given advice on how to access the money. Has been given an application form which needs to be signed by 3 EC members and write to NORDEA bank to request transfer of the money.
Action: JJBP, ER and TS to compile letter and complete application form.
10.4) NK reported that Egyptian members had difficulties in registering with IAPA congress as the website would not identified them as members.
Action: TS to look into providing each IAPA member with a registration number.
- Audiological Medicine textbook:
CS reported that contacted Professor Linda Luxon who is very keen in updating the textbook and she is in contact with the publishers regarding this.
- IAPA EC nomination Officers:
EC members recognised QW’s hard work and passion for IAPA and nominated her as a future president.
Action: Needs to be elected at GA.
- Future IAPA Venue:
Proposed venues for future meetings are: Egypt, Sri Lanca, China.
NK reported that Egypt expects to be the organiser of the next IAPA congress in 2018 as previously agreed in 2014. EC members raised concerns regarding perceptions of people regarding safety in Egypt. EC members feel that people will not attend due to the current political situation.
Action: NK to present in the GA on 7th October and members to vote.
- Any other matters:
14.1) EC members chose for the next IAPA congress the topic of Auditory Neuropathy and Dy sychrony as a round table theme.
14.2) CS received an email from an IAPA member who could not attend requesting options of voting remotely in the GA. EC members proposed that each full member could vote by proxy for one member. This was considered to be the safest alternative option currently.
Action: JJBP to add to the constitution that voting by proxy is accepted.
Date of next EC meeting:
1st weekend in June 2017 in London, UK
Jose Juan Barajas de Prat -JJBP
Ewa Raglan mobile – ER.
Rikke Schnack-Petersen – RSP
Doris-Eva Bamiou – DEB
Ellie Gilroy (Taylor and Francis)-EG
Marie Louise Andersson-Barrenas- MLAB
Alessandro Martini (AM)
- Report of the President – Jose Juan Barajas de Prat. The president expressed the need for IAPA to expand geographically. He has attended several meetings for this purpose. JJBP proposed that the two important points of the present EC meeting was to review the constitution and to establish a policy on how to proceed with the IAPA financial issues.
- Membership list –
Member lists need to be updated and sent to journal. DEB has received updated Danish list of members, UK members.
DEB to ask Profs Qiuju Wang, Nadia Kamal for updated lists of their national members for the journal. DEB to provide updated list to RS , RS (treasurer) to send email with invoice for membership on yearly basis.Process for new members: DEB to accept by email ask for their CV and send invoice with cc to Treasurer RS. RS to confirm to DEB that they have paid.
- Vice President report – Ewa Raglan. ER and JJBP will work together to obtain past records of IAPA from Daffyd Stephens’ and Ron Hinchcliff’s archives. JJBP can supply additional data to be incorporated in a compiled historical archive of IAPA. Peter West asked for BAAP prize to be advertised and made open to international members. Prof Qiuju Wang visited the UK at IAPA’s invitation to strengthen international collaboration for IAPA members. Life long membership for Chinese members to facilitate transfer of funds discussed by ER and QW. This was further discussed by EC.
- IAPA Constitution – JJBP and ER. Proposal by JJBP regarding the EC structure was discussed. Need to keep EC numbers low (up to 8-9). ER: need to write job description for council officers. ER to check in which country IAPA is registered. Headquarters need to be where the Secretary is and account where treasurer is.IAPA biannual conference should be titled “World Congress of Audio-vestibular Medicine” proposed by JJBP. EC officers registration fees waivered provided that the meeting generates enough revenue to do this. Extraordinary meetings to take place in between “yearly conferences was discussed.Constitution document is being edited by Ewa Raglan incorporating comments by Valerie Newton, Linda Luxon, Jose Juan Barajas de Prat. To be discussed and voted for/against by next General AssemblyTimeplan: ER to have constitution doc ready by December 2015. Job descriptions to be compiled until December 2015 as Appendix. Document to be emailed to EC members for their comments. This document will be published on website by 1st April 2015 for the members to review and vote in the next General Assembly during next World Congress of Audiovestibular Medicine in Odense, Denmark.
- IAPA Membership and Certificate: This was discussed by EC. It was agreed that the certificate will be signed by President and Secretary.
- Website Rikke Schnack-Petersen: Partnership with Peter Berglund working well. Need for professional organisations in IAPA countries to email RSP with a short text describing local organisational structure and other related information.Sponsorship discussed, it was proposed that Sponsors of recent IAPA conferences are approached and requested to consider sponsoring the society (sum to be discussed) in exchange for their logo to appear on website.
- 18th International Congress in Audio-Vestibular Medicine 2016, Denmark. Rikke Schnack-Petersen: This takes place in Odense Denmark 6-8 October 2016. Programme is on the conference website www.iapa2016.org. Site for gala dinner explored. Hotel accommodation available for 250 at venue + extra at nearby hotels, usual range minimum 50 pounds to normal 100 pounds. Two concurrent sessions on Audiology and on vestibulogy/otosurgery. Two concurrent sessions for free papers and poster session. Discussed: prize for best presenters (non-monetary, monetary only if viable finances). EC thanked RSP for her excellent work.
- Journal: publishing report by Ellie Gilroy (EG), Taylor & Francis: Update on the journal’s development, submission data, usage, production update , and future marketing plans received (attached). The Informa Healthcare journals were merged with Taylor Francis. HBC journal under allied health journal section and working closely with medicine journal section. From next year the medical and the allied health section journals will be marketed as one. EC made the comment that journal needs to come under medical journals section rather than allied health professionals.ER commented that there is an expanding market in China, other parts of Asia and Arabic countries. EG discussed PubMed indexing, lack of online submission, lack of page limits. Discussed open access, conference presence of journal, marketing, and information to put on website.We need more clinical papers to increase number of hits. Ask national societies for feedback regarding topics/types of articles they would like to read.
- IAPA finances Finance handover by Marie Louise Andersson-Barrenas New Treasurer must open new account and close previous. Non taxable as in Sweden it is classed as non-profit organisation.
EC unanimous decision that Marie Louise Andersson-Barrenas continues to act as Interim Treasurer to facilitate smooth handover to new treasurer
- President’s final remarks.
In order to secure the IAPA future we need to consider:
a) IAPA requires to improve its accountability and transparency.
b) An Email addresses database needs to be built in order to disseminate information about IAPA. A good start may be to use previous congress organizers that can share with us their emails information.
c) The contact with International Phoniatrics Association is still a valid association. IAPA may need to find ways of association with other societies with similar aims in order to increase visibility.
d) It is important to approve the Constitutional changes at the first opportunity and elect new IAPA EC officers based on the new IAPA constitution if verified at next GA.
e) The President would like to thank Rikke for all the effort in organizing the next IAPA Meeting
Present: members of the IAPA Executive Committee, of Hearing International as well as thirty-five IAPA members.
It has been announced that Konrad Konradson, previous Secretary of IAPA and Dr Pedro Berruecos passed away; a minute of silence was observed.
- Apologies for Absence:
Valerie Newton, Linda Luxon and Manfred Gross
- Minutes of the last meeting
IAPA GA in Beijing 2012 was accepted as a correct representation of the meeting. There were no matters arising from the minutes, which are not on the agenda.
- President’s Report:
The president reported the members of the EC have been working on a change to the organisation’s constitution. A small group of members of the EC had a meeting in Copenhagen with Prof. Agnete Parving (longstanding IAPA member) to propose the first draft of the new constitution. The proposed draft has been circulated for comments among the whole membership of the IAPA EC and eventually placed on the IAPA website for the IAPA membership to study and offer comments. The website unfortunately crashed so there was not enough time for members to study the draft of the constitution.The draft will be put on the new website for members to comment upon.4.2 Election of new officers
According to the current Constitution, the term of office of the Executive Committee officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) ends at the time of the present GA, therefore new Officers need to be elected.The President asked the General Assembly to show their view by raising their hands, whether they are happy to accept the following proposal;To vote on only one rule of the new Constitution, Rule six, which pertains to the election of the Officers: There was a unanimous agreement of all present.4.3 The proposal of the election of three Vice Presidents, representative of different geographical-cultural areas has been put forward. All members agreed to this proposal. There were no abstentions and no disagreement.A further proposal was that one of the Honorary Members should become a member of the Executive Committee. The Honorary member could be a doctor with experience with regards to Audiovestibular Medicine. This was agreed by a show of hands.The President informed those present that past Vice President Dr Hamid Mohamed resigned from his position during the time of this current life span of the executive committee.Initially, the Executive Committee thought about proposing a candidature of Professor Agnete Parving from Denmark for the position of a new President, but for personal reasons she could not accept it and declined this nomination.In view of this the President, in the name of Executive Committee, proposed to the General Assembly the members listed below for nomination by the Executive Committee. Prior to this he asked whether there are any nominations, which might be proposed by the General Assembly. There were none.Proposal for Secretary: Dr Doris Bamiou, (UK). She accepted her nomination and the General Assembly voted unanimously to confirm their choice.Proposal for Treasurer: Dr Rosamaria Santarelli, University of Padova, (Italy). Nomination accepted the General Assembly members voted unanimously to confirm their choice.Proposal for President: Dr Jose Barajas, ( Spain) has been nominated by the Executive Committee and again, that nomination was accepted by the General Assembly. He is one of the founder members of IAPA, and represents both South America and Spanish members.Proposal for Vice President: Dr Qiuju Wang would represent China/Asia, Dr Nadia Kamal represent Egypt and Africa and Dr Ewa Raglan would represent UK and Europe. All this has been accepted by a show of hands by the General Assembly.The Honorary membership of the Executive Committee has been offered to Suchitra Prasansuk. This was agreed by all members present.
- Treasurer’s Report 2013/2014:
The Treasurer presented a spreadsheet confirming our income of €18,466, with profit of €6,309. The existing bank balance is €7,000. There are 300 members and finances are stable. The report has been approved by the Executive Committee and General Assembly. Marie-Louise Bareness has received thanks for her tremendous work as the Association Treasurer.
- Next Conference:
6.1 Rikke Schnack-Petersen presented a short video about Odense and Denmark where the next IAPA conference 2016 will take place. It would be the 18th meeting held on 6–8th October 2016.6.2 The Theme for the conference round tables were proposed as follows:
a) Proposed by the Executive Committee: Telemedicine and Audiovestibular Practice, organised by Dr Marie-Louise Barrenas.
b) Theme proposed by the Organising Committee: Music and Hearing Impairment
c) Proposals of the members of the GA:There were three suggestions:
a. Proposed by Qiuju Wang (China): Genetic hearing loss
b. Proposed by a member from Egypt: Oto-immunology
c. Presented by a member from Asia: Neonatal Hearing Screening Guidelines.By voting with a show of hands the General Assembly decided on the topic of the Genetics of Hearing Loss and that topic will be organised by Qiuju Wang. Other topics might be accepted by the Conference Organiser, if time allows within the programme.6.3 Future conferences/ meetings
a) It was proposed that the 19th congress of IAPA will take place in Egypt, depending upon the political situation. General Assembly members accepted that suggestion.
b) Other possible suggestions were: 2020 China, to be organised by Quiju Wang, but if the political situation in 2018 prevents Egypt to organise a conference, that conference will be moved to China in 2018.
c) A more precise programme for Egypt will be prepared in Odense.6.4 The members of the EC invited Egypt to prepare an extraordinary scientific meeting in 2015, in lieu of the planned conference which was cancelled in 2014 because of an unclear political situation. Such a meeting would have a scientific and social program but the GA meeting cannot take place as this would have been outside the rules of IAPA Constitution. The IAPA members from Egypt were appreciative of that offer but its implementation depends very much upon the organisers and the political situation in the country.
Rikke updated the members on the current state of the IAPA website, which is currently out of order. Rikke and Peter Berglund are working hard to restore it. There will most likely be a new domain name for the website, and Rikke will inform the National Representatives how to access the new website and of course the Journal.
The change of name of the IAPA Journal to “Hearing, Balance, Communication” already improved its distribution and the publisher Informa will dedicate issues 1, 2 and 3 (2015) to go for evaluation for indexing. Sandro remains the Editor of the Journal.Finally, the new incoming President, Jose Barajas expressed his gratitude to Sandro and Val for their sterling work that they do for the journal.
Prof Prasansuk explained the role of the Hearing International
Hearing International is an international charity, non-governmental organisation first registered in Michigan, USA, in 1992. It is an umbrella organisation which brings together professional governmental and non-governmental organisations and works with other related specialities, manufacturers and lay people for “better hearing for all”. It already helped to establish Hearing International centres worldwide as working partners, to establish national programmes and to support countries projects such as the universal neonatal hearing screening program, low cost hearing aids for developing countries, primary ear and hearing care programme, to help planning manpower development, education and training of personnel, as well as to create global awareness and recognition of avoidable causes of hearing impairment and the importance of prevention.
That ended the meeting.
Dr Ewa Raglan
IAPA General Secretary
6th November 2014
- First, I am very grateful and honored that the sixteenth international conference of IAPA is held in Beijing this year. Today, we gather here ceremoniously, for the opening of the IAPA Representative Assembly & First Membership Meeting of IAPA Chinese Division. At this exciting moment, on behalf of Chinese Division, I would like to warmly welcome all the experts and scholars from home and abroad! It has taken a lot of work and devotion by many people to get us to this point. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the executive committee members of IAPA, Prof. Raglan, Hamid, Martini, Barajas, and also others like Prof. Luxon who cannot be here today, for their tremendous support and excellent work. Let me also give special thanks to the honorable experts and guests being present! I believe, with your collaboration and contributions, that this meeting will be a huge success. Now, let us open the China Chapter. For these two years, we have gathered many prominent experts and professionals in the field, and established the Chinese Division of IAPA (also called the China IAPA). We believe it is initiating a platform of enhancing global collaboration and will promote the development of audiological medicine in China under the guidance of IAPA. The following will introduce you to the organizational structure of the China IAPA.
- As we know, IAPA, the international Association of Physicians in Audiology, was established in Krakow 1980. It aims to promote and improve clinical, ethical and scientific standards in the field of Audiological Medicine. (I know that, /) Prof. Zhengmin Wang, our respectable academician, is one of the first group members joining IAPA in 1980.
- For a long time, IAPA has established a platform of global cooperation. To provide the update on diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of hearing and balance disorders, IAPA organizes its annual conference every two years. The fifteenth International Symposium in Audiological Medicine was held in Poland, 2010. I was honored to be invited to attend that meeting, and was appointed the person in charge of Chinese chapter, beginning to establish the Chinese Division. Also at the meeting, Beijing has been awarded the right to host the sixteenth annual conference.
- That’s why we gather Beijing in this beautiful golden autumn. Here, please allow me on behalf of the Chinese Division to announce the declaration of China IAPA. That is, Cooperation, Innovation, Advancement, Promotion & Achievement.
- So, Cooperation refers to Initiate a platform of enhance global and national collaboration and partnership among the professions, industries and related patient organizations and disciplines. Innovation means establishing co-development and impelling rapid advances of audiological medicine to lay a solid foundation for international cooperation, build audiological medicine together, and improve progress already achieved continuously.
- Advancement is focus on emphasizing translational and interdisciplinary research with clinical application, minimizing the global network of web-based learning, and encouraging international exchanges. For Promotion, it is to promote and improve clinical, ethical and scientific standards in the field of audiological medicine.
- Achievement refers to Appeal to the government to increase health funding to utilize evidence to decrease medical cost and to improve medical insurance coverage in society. And finally, China IAPA for patient service aims to Promulgate optimal translational medicine and clinical practice models for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of deafness, peripheral and central hearing disorders, tinnitus, balance evaluation and disorders.
- Today, we’re greatly honored to have the esteemed senior experts with us. They are elected the honorary president of China IAPA to support and guide the development of China Division. This is our respectable academician as I mentioned above, Prof. Zhengmin Wang, from Shanghai, Eye Ear Nose and Throat Hospital of Fudan University.
- This is Prof. Weiyan Yang from the Chinese PLA Institute of Otolaryngology, the General Hospital of PLA.
- Another Honorary President is Prof. Demin Han from Beijing Tongren Hospital.
- Honorary President, Prof. Dongyi Han is also from the Chinese PLA Institute of Otolaryngology, the General Hospital of PLA.
- We also have the following renowned specialists as our honorary adviser of the China IAPA. They are Prof. Rui Gu, Zhizhong Wang, Xingkuan Bu, Daofeng Ni, Jinling Wang, Zhanyuan Wu,
- Lei Wang, Chan Liu, Zixiang Yi, Suzhen Zhang, Yaoyun Fang, Mingmin Dong, Xuepei Li, and Xingqi Li.
- These energetic experts, Prof. Shiming Yang, Zhiqiang Gao, Weijia Kong, Haibo Wang, and Fanglu Chi have been elected chairman of the advisory committee for the China IAPA.
15-23. Meanwhile, we have invited a total of 72 professors as Senior Guidance Experts of the China IAPA.
- Among them, there are sixteen oversea professors.
- Regarding the Executive Committee of the China IAPA, It is my great honor to be elected President of the China Division. And the five Vice-Presidents are Prof. Lisheng Yu, Weining Huang, Ming Li, Bo Liu, and Ziming Wu.
- Both Prof. Xiangli Zeng and Xiulan Ma are assigned Secretary General of Academic Affairs. Prof. Zidong Jiang, Gang Yu, and Xiuli Liu are assigned Secretary General of Office Affairs. Prof. While Yide Zhou, Moling Yan and Shengnan Ye are appointed Minister of Training.
27-33. So far, we have a total of 32 Core Group Members and 77 Chapter Members joining the China IAPA. This year we will have more comrades who will devote to audiological medicine.
China IAPA 2012 Beijing Declaration
The 16th International Symposium in Audiological Medicine at the China IAPA 2012 Beijing Conference is committed to work on a global strategy to unite the resources and expertise in audiological medicine around the world to meet the challenges of an aging population and the rampant threat of hearing loss, vertigo, tinnitus caused by audiovestibular disorders.
The specific areas of focus are:
Cooperation Innovation Advancement Promotion Achievement
Initiate a platform of enhance global and national collaboration and partnership among the professions, industries and related patient organizations and disciplines.
Establish co-development and impel rapid advances of audiological medicine to lay a solid foundation for international cooperation, build audiological medicine together, and improve progress already achieved continuously.
Emphasize translational and interdisciplinary research with clinical application, and minimize the global network of web-based learning and encourage international exchanges.
Promote and improve clinical, ethical and scientific standards in the field of audiological medicine.
Appeal to the government to increase health funding to utilize evidence to decrease medical cost and to improve medical insurance coverage in society.
China IAPA for Patient—
Promulgate optimal translational medicine and clinical practice models for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of deafness, peripheral and central hearing disorders, tinnitus, balance evaluation and disorders.
Prof. WANG Qiuju
The President of China IAPA
- Minutes from GA in Ferrara were accepted.
- Matters arising
Meeting in Ferrara with Phoniatrics, 2009.
A UEMS curriculum for five years training in AM was presented by LM Land KHG.
This was opposed by the existing (abbreviated) audiology training scheme which laststwo years within the ENT training program.
- EC Report
Officers: LML has served as the President for five years – Alessandro Martini takes over as the new President, Mohamed Hamid becomes Vice President. Ewa Raglan- General
Secretary and Marie Louise Barrenas – Treasurer.
Terms of office were discussed but no final decision was taken. Minutes will be circulated with a new proposal for the membership to make a final decision at the next GA. It was reminded that the Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-President are elected by the membership.
- WWH C for DCs
WWH Care for Developing Countries was run by Andrew Smith for 15 years supported financially by a German charitable organisation. That financial support has now been withdrawn when Andrew Smith left. The organisation would like to continue their important activities in developing countries and are asking international organisations for financial contributions. lAPA has been asked to contribute €5,000. lAPA EC will write to WWH pointing out that this sum of money is not realistic for us as our funds are low and the main aim of our organisation is to promote education and not direct help in developing countries. We could only contribute €500 per year.
A vote was taken: 12 people were pro this action, 1 against, with none abstaining.
- Future conferences
The participants voted as follows: 2012 Egypt
Summer school: 2011 China
A vote was taken: 13 people were pro that vote, with none abstaining.
Summer school has been cancelled for 2010
Proposed Summer School locations for 2013 – India or Europe?
In case there are proposals to run the summer school, members should contact the Secretary. Sweden was proposed and our Swedish colleagues need to be consulted on this.
In the past, some members have had difficulties with the payment process. It is expected that this will be avoided this year as the payment will happen through PayPal.
ER will attend the meeting on behalf of lAPA. Alessandro Martini is unable to attend..
- Financial report by Elina/audited by Bo Walter
Elina has been preparing her reports for the past years 2008-09 and 2009-10. Each time the reports were checked by Bo Walter (Past Treasurer). She reported the following – the comparable total annual income has not differed across the years €25,390 in 2008, €20,880 in 2009, and €19,437 in 2010. The royalty income remained stable at €3,445, €3,585 and €3,657 in 2010.
In 2008, the cost of updating the website was €200. Travel expenses are around €300 per delegate per meeting which does not cover the delegate’s expenses. There are also some bank charges.
The question arose as to whether we should be paying people for travel and accommodation to attend the meetings? New EC to make suggestions for the next GA.
Conferences are self financing. Should lAPA help to finance speaker’s expenses for conferences? Should lAPA participate in conferences for profit?
Summer schools: In some countries it is illegal to have sponsorship; financial matters in relation to this should be further discussed at EC. lAPA is a non-profit organisation, it does not pay taxes and reports to the Swedish tax office annually.
- The JAM
Vote was taken: Six people wanted to obtain hard copies of the journal, four preferred an electronic version.
Journal Executive Editor – Alessandro Martini., Editor – Val Newton.
We were unsuccessful in indexing the journal. In order to do so, the joumal requires good articles.They will take into account the last three issues of the joumal in assessment for indexing. To apply for this process again next year, we require four issues. The next issues (3 and 4) will be combined as a hard copy in December; there are separate issues on-line.
Proposals for topics for the 2012 conference
proposal on behalf of EC
-Regenerative medicine and pharmacological treatment of ear disease.
-Proposal on behalf of the conference organising committee:
Pediatric audiovestibular medicine.
Topics from membership: Psychological aspects of audiovestibular disorders.
If there are other topics they should be emailed to the organising committee.
-Website: proposal to put the names and email addresses of the member’s (password protected). Secretary to circulate to members asking their permission to have their details on the website.
- Next GA meeting: Egypt 2012
Perhaps there is not only a reason to recall the Symposium, but also to report on the work of the IAPA Executive Committee (EC). Especially, since we are now mid term since we were elected at the IAPA General Assembly in Mexico in 2006 – and surely it have been eventful two years.
We who were elected in 2006 for a period of 4 years are the President Linda M Luxon, Vice-president Lionel Collet, Honorary treasurer Konrad S. Konradsson, Honorary treasurer Elina Mäki-Torkko, Past-president Jose Barajas de Prat and the co-opted members: Manfred Gross, Mohamed Hamid and Dafydd Stephens. The organiser of the next IAPA International Symposium, Mariola Sliwinska-Kowalska, as well as the editors of the journal Audiological Medicine Alessandro Martini and Valerie Newton are members of the EC as well.
When elected as vice-president Lionel Collet informed us that he would be running for the office of rector of the University of Lyon and if elected he did warn us that this office would take most of his time. As we congratulate Lionel to his election as rector we regret that his work at the university has indeed prevented him from taking an active part in the work of the Executive Committee just as he feared might happen.
The IAPA EC has met four times since Mexico: In London, UK in December 2006, in Lund, Sweden in May 2007, again in London in January 2007 and now recently in Ferrara, Italy.
A topic frequently returning to the agenda of the EC is the collaboration with our sister specialty, Phoniatrics. Since 2006 representatives from IAPA and the European Union of Phoniatricians (UEP) have met twice: in February 2007 and in May 2008, both times in Berlin, Germany. This collaboration has resulted in a Letter of Intent signed by the presidents of both associations. The Letter has been since been ratified by the EC’s of both associations as well as the recent IAPA General Assembly in Ferrara. The Letter is posted on the IAPA website (www.iapa-online.org). According to the Letter, both organisations intend to support each other. They therefore propose to:
- Invite all members of both Associations to their conferences
• Introduce a link between the websites of the two organisations
• Inform each other about research projects, which might be performed together.
• Accept the journal “Audiological Medicine” as the key Journal for members of both organisations
• Propose the subscription to Audiological Medicine be part of the membership arrangements of both Associations
• Request their members to support the activities of both organizations in research, education and health care.
• Send one delegate to the board meetings of each other. This delegate is invited to take
part in the board meetings at her/his own expense and without the right to vote.
• She/He will be accepted as a consultative guest and authorized representative of the other organization.
It is also agreed that both organizations represent medical disciplines, which are not yet recognised as independent specialities in all European countries. Both organizations are in contact with and in negotiation with the UEMS in order to be accepted as independent specialities in the European Union. In three major countries in Europe the two specialities are already joined into one speciality of Audiology and Phoniatrics. These countries are: Poland, Italy and Germany.
Consequently there was a strong feeling at the recent General Assembly, which was held in Ferrara, Italy that the EC should work swiftly for closer cooperation between the two associations UEP and IAPA and to actively propose the joint speciality of Audiology and Phoniatrics as an independent medical speciality in Europe.
The EC has participated in the work within the framework of the ENT-UEMS. Katherine Harrop-Griffiths has attended the meetings in Austria and Cyprus as an invited representative on behalf of the European Section of the IAPA. Much of the work as been devoted to the curriculum of the speciality of Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery and what audiological elements should be included in their training. Unfortunately, there has also been a request from the president of the ENT-UEMS that Audiological Medicine should be defined as a sub-speciality of ORL H&N Surgery and he as asked IAPA to contribute to a curriculum for such two year training.
Recently there have been requests from several countries, including China and Sub-Saharan Africa that IAPA should propose a core curriculum fro the speciality of Audio(vestibular) Medicine. To ensure such a broad input as possible the EC officers have met with representatives from the national associations of audiological physicians in Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Italy and UK on two occasions. There was then a meeting with representatives from several countries in London in May last spring where the document was finalised.
This core curriculum of Audio(vestibular) Medicine will be produced during the next meeting of the ENT-UEMS in Tromsö, Norway in October. The IAPA will then be represented by the President Linda M Luxon and Katherine Harrop-Griffiths.
In order to promote IAPA and our speciality the EC decided in 2006 to support and promote short seminars on selected audio-vestibular topics of current interest. The purpose was to increase the value of being member of IAPA and to increase the interest of becoming one, especially in countries where IAPA is hardly represented. The most suitable time for these seminars was found to be in the early or late summer – hence the name IAPA Summer School.
It was decided that the first IAPA Summer should be in Scandinavia to support the membership in these countries as the national associations of Denmark and Sweden had previously decided to collectively join the IAPA. The seminar was organised by Konrad S. Konradsson in Copenhagen, Denmark in October 2006. The main topics were Auditory Processing Disorders and Recent Advances in Vestibular Diagnostics with Linda M Luxon and Doris Bamiou as main contributors. The Summer School was supported by the company GN Resound and was well received with more then 80 participants.
The next Summer School was in Berlin last April and organised by Manfred Gross. The main topics had been previously chosen by the Scandinavian membership: Early diagnostics of hearing impairment in babies and Auditory neuropathy. Among the contributors were Jose Barajas, Tony Sirimanna, Katrin Neumann and Tobias Moser. The seminar was very well received although there – unfortunately – only was limited participation from Scandinavia. The Oticon Foundation supported the seminar.
The IAPA EC recently discussed the future Summer Schools and proposed that the Sumer Schools in 2009 and 2011 would be organised by Mohamed Hamid in Alexandria/Cairo, Egypt and Cleveland, USA, respectively. The Summer School in 2010 would be in Beijing, China and organised by Qi Jing.
The organiser of the Anniversary XV International Symposium in Audiological Medicine in 2010 will be Mariola Sliwinska-Kowalska. The conference will be in Krakow, September 26th to 29th. The main topics of the conference will be Diagnosis and early auditory rehabilitation of hearing-impaired children and Advances in implantation in audiovestibular medicine as decided by the EC and the Symposium organiser. Professor Sliwinska-Kowalska informed that she intended to invite representatives from the AHEAD III project to participate in the conference and to arrange a Round Table on the subject: Assessment of hearing in the elderly: ageing and degeneration – integration through immediate intervention.
The IAPA General Assembly later accepted the proposals above and voted that Audiovestibular manifestations of systemic diseases would be the fourth topic.
The conference in Krakow will commemorate the 30th anniversary of IAPA, but the Association was established there in 1980 in exactly Krakow, Poland.
The report of the Honorary treasurer at the General Assembly in Ferrara was a sad one, not because of the finances which seem to be on the safe side, but because it seems that the IAPA membership is decreasing. This is sad since the membership has steadily been on the rise for the past years. At the General Assembly the EC was criticised for not accepting membership payments by credit card and it was stated that since paying through the banking system was costly and cumbersome, this would be a main reason for members not paying their dues and thereby falling off the list. It was decided that the EC immediately should start working for accepting membership payments by credit cards.
The IAPA website was thoroughly renewed several years ago and has recorded several hundred visitors daily in the last year. The EC feels that the website is an important to maintaining contact with the membership. I order to upgrade and modernise the website IAPA has signed a contract with the company SeifHaven in New York, USA. The present website will be redesigned and is is the aim of the EC that each 3 months new information will be posted on the site, including a regular newsletter from the President.
As all the posts of the present officers of the EC will need to be filled at the next IAPA General Assembly in September, 2010 in Krakow, Poland it is important that the membership actively contributes by nominating officers for the posts in good time before the meeting. The EC welcomes all suggestions and nominations which should be forwarded to the Honorary Secretary whose e-mail address can directly accessed on the IAPA website (email@example.com).
In Ferrara the IAPA EC unanimously agreed to appoint one of the founding fathers of IAPA, Dafydd Stephens as an Honorary member of IAPA for life. Alessandro Martini informed Stephens of this decision at a ceremony at the University of Ferrara when Stephens, together with Agnete Parving (also an Honorary member of IAPA) and Remy Pujol were awarded the Copernico Prize for their scientific achievements in the field of audiology.
On behalf of all EC officers I express my sincere gratitude to Dai Stephens for his devotion to Audiological Medicine though the years, for his pioneering work when founding the IAPA almost 30 years back as the first Honorary Secretary and for his relentless commitment to the association. Professor Stephens has always been an active member of IAPA including his 5 years as President of IAPA.
We, the members of IAPA, all thank Dai Stephens for his efforts in promoting Audiologcial Medicine all over the world and we welcome his continuing efforts as an active IAPA Honorary Member and the ambassador of our speciality for life.
I conclude this report by thanking all members of IAPA for the cooperation during these last two years and I look forward to work with you during the next two, as I also look forward to meet as many of you as possible at the next International IAPA conference in Krakow, Poland in September 2010.
Ferrara September 22nd 2008
Konrad S. Konradsson
IAPA Honorary Secretary
Perhaps the cold sweeping through Europe from the north explained why the invited representative from the Union of European Phoniatricians – Manfred Gross – was not able to join us, and that the editor of the journal Audiological Medicine.
Given the frosty surroundings it was easy for the officers of the Executive Committee – EC – to concentrate on the agenda. We started the meeting by discussing our cooperation with the phoniaticians in Europe. The evolution in Poland and Italy where Audiology and Phoniatrics now are joined in one specialty not forgetting the order in Europe’s largest country – Germany – where Pediatric Audiology and Phonatrics has been a combined, but separate medical specialty for several years was discussed. The fact that Audiology and Phoniatrics are joined in one specialty in European countries counting almost 200 million inhabitants together can hardly be disregarded. The EC decided to proceed with the collaboration and IAPA has been invited to participate in the UEP conference in Berlin 15-18th of September commemorating 100 years of phoniatrics in Europe.
The collaboration with other specialties was also on the agenda. Agnete Parving informed of her visit to the meeting of the ENT section of the UEMS in Nice last October. She was asked to inform the meeting of our ENT colleagues about the situation of audiology in Europe. In this context we discussed the apparent lack of audiological education in the curriculum of the ENT specialty in Europe and further, whether it was the role of IAPA to assist our colleagues in obtaining such knowledge. We also discussed whether participating in the work of the ENT section of the UEMS was the best forum to promote the official EU recognition of our specialty – Audiological Medicine, or if there were other means of progress we could recognize. It was agreed that the EC would seek information in the EU countries regarding curriculums and models of specialist training in audiology and phoniatrics.
We also discussed whether the formation of a European branch or section within IAPA would give the UEMS representatives a clearer mandate to speak on behalf of the European audiological physicians. It was felt that the European officers of the EC had the required mandate.
The ratification of the IAPA constitution was discussed and the proposed changes were accepted and confirmed by the General Assembly. The ratification of the constitution is a never ending project and the combination of the EC and how the committee best serves its purpose is the next task in order to keep the constitution up to date and as make it as effective as possible for the benefit of the IAPA members.
The representation of IAPA within the several international organizations, such as World Health Organization, International Society of Audiology and Hearing International was also on the agenda and the officers agreed that the representatives should be selected from among the EC members facilitating a close contact between the organization and IAPA.
The organizer of the XIII International Symposium in Audiological Medicine in Mexico City – Pedro Berruecos – presented his plans to the EC and the General Assembly regarding the symposium venue and his collaboration with the Pan-American and Mexican Audiological Societies. The three themes of the symposium will be “The present situation of neonatal hearing screening in the developed and developing countries”, “Noise as a public health problem” and “Diagnostics and treatment of central auditory disorders”. The EC also proposed the subject of “Hearing loss and its treatment in ancient civilisations” as a keynote lecture.
Mariola Sliwinska-Kowalska accepted the nomination of the EC and the General Assembly to organise the XIV IAPA Symposium in Poland in 2008, possibly in collaboration with the UEP.The officers also discussed the possibility of the far east – Indonesia, Thailand, China or India – as the venue for the 2010 IAPA Symposium.
The importance of promoting IAPA by meetings and symposia was discussed and Sliwinska-Kowalska informed the meeting of her continuing effort to promote IAPA in the Eastern European countries by including a IAPA-related symposium in her annual conference Otolaryngologia in September in Lodz, Poland. In 2005 Agnete Parving will be the invited IAPA representative.
The number of IAPA members is rapidly on the rise. The national societies of audiological physicians in Denmark and Sweden have collectively become members of IAPA and IAPA now has over 300 members, audiological physicians from all over the world. We were not sure if the handful of the founding IAPA fathers in Wiesbaden 25 years ago would have anticipated such a rapid expansion of the association.
The 25th anniversary of IAPA was also of subject of Dafydd Stephens’ presentation “25 years of IAPA” during the symposia itself. An abstract of the presentation can be found on the IAPA website – www.iapa-online.org – for those wishing to refresh their memory of the past.
The growing number of IAPA members also reflects the increasing distribution of the IAPA journal “Audiological Medicine”. The journal editor – Valerie Newton – informed the meeting of the intentions and efforts of the publisher – Taylor & Francis Group – to achieve a PubMed registration for the journal’s articles. The EC officers and the IAPA members are hereby kindly requested to always consider the journal for their publications as more scientific publications are required when PubMed registration is aimed for.
During this meeting in Lyon meeting Agnete Parving declared her wish to step down as IAPA vice-president. Agnete retired from her position as the director of the Department of Audiological Medicine, Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen two years ago and although she is very much active as a senior researcher and as a professor of clinical audiology she argued that the leadership of the IAPA should be reserved for those active in the clinical field. The executive committee regretfully accepted Agnete’s wish to retire and during the General Assembly Linda Luxon was elected vice-president of IAPA. Other members of the EC were elected in 2002 and will remain in office until the Mexico meeting next year. They are Jose Barajas president; Bo Walter treasurer, Konrad S. Konradsson secretary and Dai Stephens past-president. The EC’s co-opted members are Mariola Sliwinska-Kowalska, the editors of the Audiological Medicine, Alessandro Martini and Valerie Newton and the symposium organizer, Pedro Berruecos.
The General Assembly unanimously accepted the proposition of the IAPA president, Jose Barajas, to elect Agnete Parving as an Honorary Life Member of IAPA. Agnete is well known to us all and she is undeniably the Grand Lady of Scandinavian audiology. She has been an active IAPA member almost since the beginning and an EC member for many years. Agnete accepted the nomination by giving a short but resolute speech during the Gala Dinner at Paul Bocuse’s restaurant the evening after the General Assembly where she cited the writings of St. Paul – not referring to the chef himself, by the way, but one of the founding fathers of the Christian church. A citation reflecting Agnete’s current interest in religious history, a subject that she is presently studying at the University of Copenhagen. We, the members of IAPA, all thank Agnete for her efforts in promoting Audiologcial Medicine all over the world and we welcome her continuing efforts as an active IAPA Honorary Member and the ambassador of our speciality for life.
Konrád S. Konrádsson
It truly was a wonderful meeting in Padova/Abano Terme, Italy – the XI International Symposium on Audiological Medicine. For a few days in October audilogical physicians from all over the world met together with other professionals within the field of audiology. Freely exchanging views and ideas. We listened to world leading scientists in the field while enjoying the hospitality of the president of the congress Professor Edoardo Arslan. The huge amount of work and effort made by the conference secretariat consisting of Elisabetta Genovesa and Rosamaria Santarelli together with Mario Sbalchiero was obvious to every participant.
Executive Committee election
During these days the Executive Committee of the IAPA also met to discuss new items of importance together with items previously on the agenda. On October 15th the General Assembly of IAPA was summonded for a business meeting. At this meeting a new Executive Committee was elected. The President, Dafydd Stephens and the Honorary Secretary, Karin Schorn stepped down after years of service to the Association. The meeting agreed to the president’s proposal to add Tapani Jauhiainen to the list of honorary members of IAPA.
The new IAPA Executive Committee now consists of José Juan Barajas de Prat as elected President, Agnete Parvin as Vice-president, Bo Walter as Honorary Treasurer and Konrád S Konrádsson as elected Honorary Secretary. The General Assembly aslo agreed to include Mariola Sliwinska and Past-President Dafydd Stephens as co-opted members of the Committee.
Next symposium in Thessalonica June 2004 – Childhood Deafness
The planning of future International Symposia was the subject of heated discussions during the business meeting. After a voting procedure it was agreed that there will be an interim IAPA symposium June 10-14th 2004 in Thessalonica, Greece, to be organized by A. Psifidis. The main subject of the meeting will be Childhood deafness in the Mediterranean and Black Sea countries.
The XII Symposium in Lyon February 2005
The XII International IAPA Symposium is to be held in early 2005 in Lyon, France, and hosted by Lionel Collet. The three main subjects of the symposium will be: Auditory and non-audiotory benefits from hearing aids. Assessment and management of the non-communicating child with Valerie Newton as moderator. The General Assembly agreed that the third main subject would include pharmacologiacal treatment of inner ear disorders and proposed Rene Pujol as moderator. In 2006 there will be the XIII International IAPA Symposium in Mexico, with P. Berruecos as the organizer.
The future of audiological medicine
The future of the medical speciality of Audiological Medicine within the European Union was discussed within the Executive Committee as well as during the business meeting. At the closing ceremony of the symposium there was also a round table discussion with participants representing audiological medicine, phoniatrics and otolaryngology.
During the round table Willy Wellens informed that within the EU the EUMS will soon propose a eduction of the number of recognized medical specialities. The speciality of otolaryngology will remain but the future of audiological medicine and phoniatrics is obscure. This merge of audiology and phoniatrics into on speciality is already confirmed in Italy as well as Poland. In other European countries – such as Sweden and Denmark – there seems o be limited support for joining forces. To improve the knowledge in audiology among phoniatricians and vise versa it was agreed that both specialities should include elements of the other speciality in future conferences and symposia. The first joint venture will be at the conference Around Dysphagia, Dysarthria – Disphonia to be held in Toulose, France, in October 2003, where there will be an audiological session organised by IAPA. The interim IAPA symposium in Halkidiki, Greece, will similarly include elements of phoniatrics.
A new journal
The Editor-in-chief Alessandro Martini and the Managing Editor Valerie Newton informed the meeting of the new journal – Audiological Medicine, International forum of hearing, balance and communication disorders. The journal is the property of the IAPA and to be published by Taylor and Francis. In 2003 the journal will consist of four issues, two regular and two special isses a year. The reglar issues will contain scientific research papers as well as basic science reviews, editorials, case studies, historical, technical and pathological notes, book reviews. The IAPA Bulletin will aslo be published in the journal.
The special issues will be monographs with future topics of genetics, tinnitus, inner ear pharmacology and plasticity. The oto-neurological topics include the evaluation of children, head trauma and the standardization of vestibular tests.
The Committee encourages the IAPA memberss to make every effort to increase the ciculation of the journal. Audiological Medicine has been selected as the official journal of the Italian Audiological Society. At the General Assembly Pietro Berruecos proposed a similar link to the Pan-American Audiological Society.
A new textbook
A Textbook of Audiological Medicine, edited by Linda Luxon, Joseph Furman, Alessandro Martini, Dafydd Stephens is soon to be available from the publisher Taylor and Francis (ISBN: 190865347). The book is 972 pages and lavishly illustrated. The normal price is GBP 150, but all IAPA members can buy the book directly from the publisher at a reduced price (20% discount) for the sum of GBP 120, including postage.
Revision of the constitution
The ongoing revision of the constitution of the IAPA was also discussed. The name fo the journal is to be changen to Audiological Medicine. The names as well as role and selection of the national representatives remain unclear to the Committee and need to be specified in the constitution. It was agreed that IAPA will ratify or authorize national and/or international courses within the field of Audiological Medicine. The rules and regulations for such authorization need to be specified by the Committee and presented to the next General Assembly in Lyon 2005.
Konrád S Konrádsson
The promising future of the offical journal of the association the JAM was discussed. The present editiors stated their intensions to increase the number of issues per year from the current three to four, as well as their plans of broadening the subscriber-basis. A special issue, on the topic of newborn hearing screening is planned for this year. Ways of increasing the IAPA Web presence, both to promote contact between the association and its members as well as between the members themselves were also discussed.
The ongoing discussions with the European Union of Phoniatricians regarding the joint speciality in Europe of audiology and phoniatrics were brought up to date.
The IAPA is involved in the preparation of a new textbook on audiological medicine to be published by Taylor & Francis.
Various courses in the field of audiology are planned by the national societies of audiological medicine. The British Association of Audiological Physicians (BAAP) is planning a meeting in Gregynog 25-26th of April. One of the main topics will be Early management of the child and the faimily after diagnosis of sensorineural hearing impairment following universal newborn hearing screening. Further information can be obtained from the website www.baap.org.uk. In Italy professor Alessandro Martini is planning the next European course in September under the auspices of IAPA, on the subject of Basic sciences of audiology-otoneurology-plasticity, regeneration and ageing in the audiovestibular system. Again, further infromation can be found on www.unife.it/clinica_ORL.
One of the main subjects of the executives meeting was the forthcoming XI International Symposium on Audiological Medicine to be held in October in Padova/Albano Terme in Italy and hosted by Professor Eduardo Arsian. The symposium will focus on three main areas: Central disorders of hearing and balance, ERA stategy in in the audiological diagnosis in children, the genetics of the inner ear disorders. The location is in the cultural-historic area of the Republic of Venice, not forgetting the nonemporary and ancient academic and cultural tradition of padova itself. Albano Terme is renowned since Roman times for its thermal waters and treatments. According to the available information the symposium promises a treat for the body as well the audiological spirit.
The executive committe decided that the next international symposium in audiological medicine, will be held in Lyon in 2004 and hosted by Professor Lionel Collet.
Finally the executive discussed a revision of the IAPA constitution as well as an increase of membership fees to ? dollars/? euros 50. The current constitution can be found on www.barajas.vanaga.es/iapa/constitu.htm. The General Assembly of the IAPA will take place during the upcoming symposium in Padova to elect the new executive committee and vote on the present committee’s proposed modifications of the IAPA constitution.
The next meeting of the executive committee of the IAPA will be in association with the XI international symposium in Padova, Italy.
Konrád S Konrádsson
Editorial – Audiological Physicians and other professional groups
Report on meeting of officers of the Association
Courses and Meetings
- W.Niemeyer – Opening address
- O.Bentzen – Medical aspects of hearing aid provision
- P.N.Pizzaro – Audiological medicine in Portugal
- P. Berruecos – Audiological medicine in Mexico
- F.Tonning – Audiology in Norway
- S.Harris – Audiology in Sweden
- S.Harris, K.Ahlfors & S.A.Ivarsson – Cytomegalovirus infection & hearing loss
- J.R.Causse, J.Bel & J.B.Causse – Advanced audiology – clinical applications and related therapy
- J.J.Barajas – Audiological evaluation of the neurological patient
- E.A.Oyeniyi – The incidence of deafness amon Nigerian children seen in Adeoyo Hospital, Ibadan
Editorial – The political position of IAPA International Academy of Audiology
2nd Symposium on Audiological Medicine
M.P.Haggard – The scientific, economic and administrative contexy of Audiological Medicine
Lisbon symposium continued;
- S.Onishi – Audiological Medicine in Japan
- W.A.Dreschler – Phonemic confusion in quiet and noise for hearing-impaired subjects
- M.C.Tapia & F.Olaizola – Otoneurological diagnosis in 11 patients with acoustic neuroma
- H.G.Dieroff – The application and limitations of high frequency audiometry
- I.Eliachar, H.Z.Joachims & M.Goldsher – Long term ventilation of the middle ear
- R.Fior, P.Tamburini & C.Veljak – Hearing screening in Italy
- T.Jauhiainen & T.Marttila – Can we predict the results of hearing aid fitting?
- R.Johansson & A.Salmivalli – The use of calibrated tones in testing babies’ hearing ability
- H.Lamm, K.Lamm & W.Zimmerman – Effects of hyperbaric oxygen on the inner ear
- V.Baschek – Brainstem & middle latency potentials in the diagnosis of sensorineural hearing loss
Presidential address, Sirmione – W.Niemeyer
T.Spillman – Status and training programmes of Audiology in Switzerland
T.Jauhiainen – Audiological Medicine in Finland
O.Bentzen & G.R.Bock – The EEC programme on hearing impairment
TRAINING IN AUDIOLOGICAL MEDICINE;
- E.Arslan, G.Conti, A.Pastore, M.C.Tartari, & G.B.Teatini – A course of audiology for medical students: results of a didactic experiment
- G.Molinari, G.Bruni & R.Ferretti – The use of audiovisual aids in the training of Audiologists
- J.Courtois – Qualificational demands for Audiological Physicians
- T.Spillman & N.Dillier – The International Medical Classification Code (ICD) in audiological practise
Hallpike symposia on audiological Medicine
Abstracts from Journals
Editorial – Whither Audiological Medicine?
ROUND TABLE ON TRAINING IN AUDIOLOGICAL MEDICINE;
- M.Del Bo – Moderator’s introduction
- R.Hinchcliffe – The situation in the UK
- W.Niemeyer – West Germany
- S.Harris – Sweden
- F.Giaccai – Origins of Audiological Medicine in Italy
- G.Grisanti – Training in audiological Medicine in Italy
- T.Spillman – Switzerland
- E.A.Oyeniyi – The situation in Nigeria
Members of Honour 1981 – W.D.Keidel and W.Bechtoldt
UK questionnaires on Audiological Medicine
- Audiological Medicine – Present
- Audiological Medicine – Future
- Questionnaire to deans of Medical Schools
S.Prasansuk – Audiology in Thailand and other ASEAN countries
A.Reimer – Report on the first International course and seminar on disorders of hearing in children in developed and dveloping countries
D.Stephens – Audiological physicians in the UK
IVth International Symposium on Audiological Medicine
AUDIOLOGICAL TRAINING FOR ENT SURGEONS;
- H.Shimizu – Opening address
- W.Niemeyer – Audiological training for ENT surgeons
- M.Ciges – Objectives and goals in the training of ENT surgeons in audiology
- A.Quaranta – Audiological training for ENT surgeons
S.D.G.Stephens – Research training in audiology for ENT surgeons
Member of Honour – Aram Glorig
Editorial – Ole Bentzen
Report on the 5th International Symposium on Audiological Medicine
- Ole Bentzen
- Harald Wind Ewertsen
J.Pytel – Audiology in Hungary
Constitution of IAPA
Organisation of IAPA Conferences
Speech audiometry forms
6th International Symposium on Audiological Medicine
International tinnitus Seminar
A.Parving – 1st International Conference on Acoustic Neuroma
W.Reardon – Research activity in Genetic Deafness in Britain
Report of IAPA working group on Criteria concerning hearing impairment/disability in children
The Journal of Audiological Medicine
7th International Symposium in Audiological Medicine
Audiological Medicine in the British Isles