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Dr. Christo Bester

University of Melbourne

Dr Bester studied for his BSc (Honours) in neuroscience and received his PhD from the Auditory Lab at the University of Western Australia (2008–2016). Since completion, he has worked as a clinical research fellow under Prof Stephen O’Leary at the Department of Otolaryngology, The University of Melbourne.

Dr Bester works primarily in cochlear electrophysiology, cochlear mechanics, and the clinical translation of research. Dr Bester’s experience in designing and conducting clinical and cohort trials is crucial for pioneering the development and deployment of these tools with an industrial partner, Cochlear Ltd, who are conducting their largest scale clinical investigation to date with this technology (CLT 5667). He has worked on translating research to improved clinical methods in the clinical monitoring of electrocochleography with feedback to surgeons, resulting in direct changes to implantation at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

Prof Sarah Wise

Emory University School of Medicine

Sarah K. Wise, MD, MSCR is Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the Emory Otolaryngology Residency Program Director, Rhinology Fellowship Director, and Director of Otolaryngic Allergy. Dr. Wise completed medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, residency at Emory University and rhinology fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Wise has served on the Board of Directors of the American Rhinologic Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. She will become President of the American Rhinologic Society in September 2022, serving as the Society’s first female president. Her clinical interests include inflammatory rhinology, otolaryngic allergy, relationship of allergy and chronic rhinosinusitis, and cerebrospinal fluid leaks. Dr. Wise lectures nationally and internationally. Her most notable publication is the International Consensus Statement on Allergy and Rhinology: Allergic Rhinitis, where she served as first author/primary editor.

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