Born in 1947, an Italian doctor and ear, nose and throat Professor at the ENT Department, Siena University (a 750 years old university in Italy best known for its Schools of Economy and Medicine)
Prof. Michael A. Popp, born in 1959 in Nuremberg, Germany, started his studies in pharmacy at the Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen in 1982 and completed his final examination in 1987. From 1987 until 1991 he wrote his doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Leopold-Franzens University, Innsbruck, Austria. In 1999 he received the "venia legend!" and was nominated honorary professor in analytical phytochemistry at the Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck. There he has been teaching pharmaceutical biology as honorary professor since 2001.
Prof. Popp has devoted his entire life to the research and development of plant-based medicines (phytopharmaceuticals) which are characterized by proven efficacy, safety and quality. In 1989 he became CEO and owner of Bionorica SE - one of the leading companies in the area of phytopharmaceuticals worldwide. In 1998 he was appointed as vice-chairman of the German Federal Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry (BPI) and since 1999 he has been representing the Committee on Research in Natural Medicine (KFN) as chairman.
In 2007 Prof. Popp established the non-profit foundation Leon Heart which supports sick and abandoned children in hospitals and homes throughout the world.
Furthermore Prof. Popp has received numerous awards during the last years, such as 2008"Entrepreneur of the Year" (Ernst & Young), 2009 "Big price for mid-sized companies" (Oskar-Patzelt Foundation), 2012 winner in the category "Sustainability" (Bavarian Society of Family Business) and "Bayerns Best 50" (Bavarian state government) for the fourth time in 2014. In 2015 he was admitted to "Handelsblatt Hall of Fame" of family owned enterprises. It honours personalities for their outstanding performance in their companies and for acting as a positive social role model.
Dr. Sampath Chandra Prasad is a Consultant Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgeon specialized in Skull Base Surgery and Hearing Implantology.
Dr. Prasad did his Masters in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the Manipal University, one of India's top universities. He was the best outgoing student during his Masters. He is also the Fellow of the European Board of Examinations in Otolaryngology. He was awarded the British Annual Congress in Otolaryngology (BACO) fellowship twice. He completed his two year fellowship in Skull Base Surgeries,Implantology and Advanced Otology at the Gruppo Otologico (Italy), the premier center in the world in thediscipline and was awarded the Fellowship of the European Academy of Otology & Neurotology (EAONO). Dr. Prasad has co-authored a Thieme text book titled ‘Cochlear & Other Auditory Implants’, has authored over 50 peer reviewed scientific publications, contributed 5 chapters in text books and has over 50 presentations in national and international conferences, courses and workshops. He has been an invited faculty in most of the prestigious Skull Base & Otolaryngological events across the globe including the European Skull Base Society Congress, World Congress of International Skull Base Societies, the Politzer Society meeting, The European Association of Otology & Neurotology Congress, The International Acoustic Neuroma Congress, International Cholesteatoma Congress, The European ORL Congress (CEORLHNS), The Middle East Otolaryngological Meeting, Indian Skull base Society Congress and the Annual Conference of the Association of Otolaryngologist of India and Turkey. He has won prizes for paper presentations in many prestigious International Congresses including the Politzer SocietyMeeting in 2013. He is the member of the Skull Base Committee of the AAO-HNS.
He is currently a member of the Gruppo Otologico, Italy and works with Prof. Mario Sanna.
Guest of Honour
American Academy Of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery/F
MS, FRCS FACS, FRCS (ORL)
Consultant ENT Surgeon, Whipps Cross University Hospital
Associate Director of Medical Education (London Deanery)
Head Neck and Skull Base Surgeon
FRCS ORL-HNS (Glasg), AM (Mal), FRCS (Edin), F'ship in Neurotology/Otology (Can), FAAO HNS (US), MSORL (UM)
Professor and Head, Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya
Chairman of National Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Specialty Training Board.
President (2013-2014) Malaysian Society of Otorhinolaryngologists Head & Neck Surgeons
PHD, MS, DLO, FRCS
CLINICAL DIRECTOR AND CONSULTANT ENT SURGEON SHEFFIELD TEACHING HOSPITALS & SHEFFIELD CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
ENT LEAD (Y&H), NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH RESEARCH
MBBS DLO MS FRCS MSc
Consultant Audiovestibular Physician
Lead Clinician Audiovestibular Medicine, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool
Visiting Consultant in Neurotology, Royal Bolton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Bolton
Consultant Neurotologist, Claremont Private Hospital, Sheffield
Hony. Lecturer, Audiology and Deafness, University of Manchester
FRCS (Edin), FRCS (Neurosurgery), MBBS (UM)
Professor of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya