Scientific Advisory Board

Professor Christoph Arnoldner:

Christoph Arnoldner is an experienced otolaryngologist and the Vice Chairman Department of Otolaryngology at the Medical University of Vienna (Austria). The unit is highly specialized with particular focus areas in otology, neurotology and skull base surgery. Christoph Arnoldner went to medical school in Vienna and Paris. He passed his otolaryngology residency in Hanover, Frankfurt/Main and in Vienna, where he achieved his habilitation in 2010; in 2012 he became associate professor in Vienna. During 2012/2013 Dr. Arnoldner underwent an otology and skull base surgery fellowship at the University of Toronto. Christoph Arnoldner’s research interests include psychoacoustic studies with cochlear implants and lab research. In his laboratory he is focusing on animal models of cochlear implantation. Furthermore, his team is applying tailored poloxamer formulations to achieve sustained release of different active pharmaceutical ingredients to the inner ear. Christoph Arnoldner’s efforts have earned him several grants from the Austrian Science Fund. He has authored more than 60 peer reviewed articles and a surgical textbook.


Professor Serena Preyer:

Serena Preyer is head of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic surgery, ViDia Christliche Kliniken, in Karlsruhe, Germany and associate professor for otorhinolaryngology of the University of Tuebingen (Germany). In 1984-1985 after her medical degree at the medical school University of Hamburg she joined the Lipoprotein team at Hammersmith Hospital, London, England for a year for a postgraduate research fellowship. For her resident training she went to the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Cologne, Germany and became specialist of ORL in 1989. In 1990 Dr. Preyer moved to Tuebingen as assisting professor at the Dept. of ORL University of Tuebingen, Germany. In Tuebingen Dr. Preyer investigated the transduction and pathological transduction in the inner ear in an in vitro model and got her Ph.D. in Otorhinolaryngology 1997. In 2006 Dr. Preyer became associate professor for ORL University of Tuebingen. Since 2000 Dr. Preyer is CEO of the German Academy of ORL. 2008 she became Head of Dept. of ORL Diakonissen-Hospital, Karlsruhe; 2016 she also became Head of Dept. of ORL Vincentius-Hospital, Karlsruhe. Dr. Preyer founded the Otologic Center, Karlsruhe in 2016.


Professor Pascal Senn:

Pascal Senn is chairman of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery at the University Hospital in Geneva, Switzerland (https://www.hug-ge.ch/orl-chirurgie-cervico-faciale). Apart from his clinical work with focus on hearing disorders, otology, ear surgery and cochlear implantation, he is also principle investigator of the laboratory for inner ear and olfaction research at the University of Geneva with research projects in inner ear regeneration, inner ear protection and olfactive regeneration (http://www.unige.ch/medecine/neucli/fr/groupes-de-recherche/954senn/). Prof. Senn obtained his MD degree at the University of Bern and was trained in Otorhinolaryngology at the University hospitals of Bern, Inselspital and Munich Rechts-der-Isar. He was a research fellow at the laboratory of Prof. Stefan Heller at the Massachussets Eye & Ear Infirmary, Havard Medial School, Boston, MA and at the University of Stanford, CA.