Dear Society Members,

It is hard to believe that another year has passed and it is time to start planning for our next Prosper Ménière Society meeting. As most of you know, we will be returning to The Hotel Theresa in Zell im Zillertal, Austria, March 10-17, 2012. The Hotel Theresa has been the site of our last four meetings, and the members voted to return again in 2012. The Hotel Theresa is a family- run establishment with easy transportation to and from the ski slopes. The price includes complete use of the facilities, breakfast, lunch, and a 4-5 course dinner every night. Please visit the hotel’s website for more information on the activities that are offered at the hotel and surrounding areas

I am pleased to announce that the next Gold Medal Award Recipient at the 15th International Symposium and Workshops on Inner Ear Medicine and Surgery will be Helge Rask-Andersen MD, PhD of Uppsala  University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden. Dr. Rask-Andersen was nominated and chosen unanimously by the members of the Society. Dr. Rask-Andersen has graciously accepted this honor and invitation.

The general format of the meeting will be a 2-hour session in the morning and a 2-hour session in the afternoon. The sessions will consist of didactic presentations, followed by roundtable discussions. In the evening we will all meet for dinner in a private dining area, where the real camaraderie can begin.

The meeting is small, with a capacity for approximately 70 people in the meeting room. This encourages free discussion and involvement in the meeting. The dress and atmosphere are casual.

The Prosper Ménière Society would like to extend the opportunity for you to become a member. Membership into the society allows interactive camaraderie among basic and clinical researchers, as well as practical  clinical optimization by the clinician/surgeon for the ultimate benefit of the inner ear dysfunction patients. Next year’s meeting occurs in a very relaxed and fun atmosphere, where the  questions and answers are often more valuable than the primary presentation. Rigidity and time constraints do not impede these interactions; in fact, it is the moderator’s goal to produce a lively and interactive discussion that often carries forward through dinner.

As you can see from our Gold Medal Awardees from the past 28 years, we have had the most  distinguished worldwide honorees in both basic and clinical areas. It has truly been an honor to meet and interact directly with these GREATS in our field, who have contributed so much to our discipline.

I look forward to seeing you in Austria.


John Dornhoffer, MD
Executive Director
Place: Zillertal
Date: 10.03.2012 - 17.03.2012
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