Brinkman Lecture

Every year a special lecture, named after the founder of the Nijmgen ENT-department is prepared.
In 2023 prof. dr. Catherine Birman will present the Brinkman Lecture.

Professor Birman is an otolaryngologist specializing in paediatric and adult cochlear implants, otology and paediatric ENT.  She is the Medical Director of NextSense Cochlear Implant Centre (formerly SCIC), Australia’s largest cochlear implant program.  She has extensive experience in paediatric and adult cochlear implants having performed over 1800 cochlear implant procedures.

In 2017 Professor Birman was awarded the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year Award for her work with cochlear implants.  She received the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the Art and Science of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery in 2018.  In 2022 she received the Order of Australia Medal for services to Otolaryngology.

Professor Birman has published and presented extensively, nationally and internationally, on cochlear implant outcomes, innovative cochlear implant devices and bone conduction implantable hearing devices.  She has participated in several clinical trials and been awarded grants related to hearing research, cochlear implants and novel devices.

Professor Birman is a Director of NextSense, Australia’s second oldest charity, established in 1860 for those with hearing or vision impairment.  She is a Clinical Professor and Joint Head of Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Sydney University, and an Honorary Clinical Professor at Macquarie University.  She has been a past NSW chair of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and served on hospital and NSW Health government committees.


The presenters of this Brinkman Lecture are listed below:

Brinkman lecturers

 1985  Gordon Smyth †  2004  Ulf Mercke
 1986  Michael Paparella  2005  Karl-Bernd Hüttenbrink
 1987  Michel Portmann †  2006  Thomas Lenarz
 1988  Jacob Sadé  2007  Patrice Tran Ba Huy
 1989  Dietrich Plester †  2008  John Niparko †
 1990  Carl-Rudolf Pfaltz  2008  Anders Tjellström
 1991  Adolf Mielhke †  2009  Gerard O’Donoghue
 1992  Christian Deguine  2010  Bruce Gantz
 1993  Ugo Fisch  2011  Michael Gleeson
 1994  Malte Wigand  2012  Mario Sanna
 1995  Derald Brackmann  2013  Richard Ramsden
 1996  Jacques Magnan  2014  Thomas Linder
 1997  George Browning  2015  Jef Mulder
 1998  Mirko Tos †  2016  Anne Schilder
 1999  Robert A. Jahrsdoerfer †  2017  Robert Vincent
 2000  Paul van den Broek  2018  Antje Aschendorff
 2001  Noel Cohen †  2019  Erwin Offeciers
 2002  David A. Moffat †  2020  Matthew Yung
 2003  Alan G. Kerr  2023  Catherine Birman