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The 4th Laryngology Society of Australasia organising committee will be sourcing a range of high profile keynote speakers to attend the conference.

Keynote Speakers

Nathan Welham

Dr Nathan Welham

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Healt

Nathan V. Welham, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor of Surgery (Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI, USA. He completed his undergraduate, graduate, and early clinical training in speech-language pathology at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand; followed by a Ph.D. (Communication Sciences and Disorders, Genetics minor) and clinical fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Welham specializes in the assessment and treatment of patients with organic, neurological, and functional voice disorders, resonance disorders, and upper airway disorders such as paradoxical vocal fold motion. He is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Dr. Welham's research program in vocal fold biology has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2007. His group investigates a series of clinically-motivated topics, including vitamin A transport and the role of macula flavae stellate cells in vocal fold biology, vocal fold injury and repair, and vocal fold tissue engineering. Dr. Welham holds a particular interest in the application of systems biology tools to better understand the vocal fold's biological complexity. His collaborative work spans the fields of biochemistry, cell and matrix biology, immunology, and materials science.

Yo Kishimoto

Dr Yo Kishimoto

Kyoto University Hospital, Japan

Dr. Kishimoto is an assistant professor of dept. of ORL-HNS, Kyoto University, JAPAN. He graduated Kyoto University in 2001 and received residency training at Kyoto University Hospital and its affiliated hospital. He earned his doctoral degree from Kyoto University in 2011, and completed postdoctoral fellowship at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

Clinically, Dr. Kishimoto is certified by the Japanese Board of Otolaryngology, the Japanese Board of Bronchoesophagology and the Japanese Board of Head and Neck Surgery, and his expertise includes the treatments for head and neck cancers, surgeries for voice disorders, airway stenosis as well as swallowing disorders. The focus of Dr. Kishimoto's research is on vocal fold mucosal biology and tissue engineering of the trachea/larynx.

Sonja Molfenter

Dr Sonja Molfenter

Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders,
New York University

Dr. Sonja Molfenter is a faculty member in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at New York University. She completed both her clinical training and her doctorate in the Department of Speech Language Pathologist at the University of Toronto. Dr. Molfenter is the Director of the Swallowing Research Lab at NYU. Her research specializes in understanding the physiological features of both normal swallowing and disordered swallowing. Her over-arching research goal is to produce clinically relevant research to inform front-line clinical practice. Her research examines naturally occurring muscle loss in the pharynx as the result of aging and the impact of this loss on swallowing function. Currently, she is investigating interventions to prevent and/or reverse negative age-related changes to swallowing function. In addition to research, Dr. Molfenter enjoys teaching about dysphagia and research to undergraduate, masters and doctoral level students at NYU, and frequently provides post-professional training at national and international continuing education events.

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