An annual Memorial Lecture was established in 1994 by the Graham Fraser Foundation in commemoration of the work of Graham Fraser and incorporated from 1996 into the programme of the Section of Otology of the Royal Society of Medicine, England.

The Lectureship is open to any person who, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, is qualified to contribute to the advancement of the science and practice of otology, particularly with respect to the understanding, management and alleviation of profound deafness.


In 2014 the 20th Graham Fraser Memorial Lecture was the last to be held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. Since 2015 the lectures have been hosted by the British Cochlear Implant Group within their annual conference to facilitate attendance by cochlear implant professionals nationwide. Please visit their website for further details. Since 2018 the Graham Fraser Foundation’s sponsorship of the BCIG Annual Conference has provided funding for the Memorial Lecture.


Professor Catherine Birman with Helen Cullington (BCIG Chair) and Patricia Fraser at the 2022 Memorial Lecture, BCIG Annual Conference, Cardiff

Professor Catherine Birman with Helen Cullington (BCIG Chair) and Patricia Fraser
at the 2022 Memorial Lecture, BCIG Annual Conference, Cardiff


Professor Blake Wilson with Philip Robinson, Patricia Fraser and Professor Shakeel Saeed at the 2015 Memorial Lecture, BCIG Annual Conference, Bristol

Professor Blake Wilson with Philip Robinson, Patricia Fraser and Professor Shakeel Saeed
at the 2015 Memorial Lecture, BCIG Annual Conference, Bristol





1. Professor Richard T Ramsden FRCS 6 October 1994

    Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Manchester


“Strains that might create a soul”


Published in Journal of Laryngology and Otology, October 1997, Vol.III, pp.907-912



2. Professor W P R Gibson AM MD FRACS FRCS1 February 1996

    Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Sydney, Australia


“The ethics and long-term results of cochlear implants

in congenitally deaf children”



3. Professor Stuart Rosen PhD6 February 1997

    Professor of Speech and Hearing Science

    University College, London


“Hearing and speech and cochlear implants:

the benefits of combining clinical and basic research”



4. Mr Jonathan Hazell FRCS5 February 1998

    Head, RNID Medical Research Unit, Institute of Laryngology

    and Otology with the Ferens, London


“JGF: Life and Times”


Published on this website (.pdf) – click here to view



5. Professor Bruce J Gantz MD FACS4 February 1999

    Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Iowa, USA


“Speech processing for the mild to moderately hearing impaired”



6. Professor A Quentin Summerfield MA PhD3 February 2000

    Deputy Director, MRC Institute of Hearing Research,

    University Park, Nottingham


“2000 reasons for purchasing cochlear implantation in the new millennium?”



7. Professor Graeme M Clark AO FAA FTSE1 February 2001

    Laureate Professor of Otolaryngology

    University of Melbourne, Australia


“Cochlear Implants: Climbing New Mountains”


Published in Cochlear Implants International, 2 (2), 75-97, 2001



8. Mr John M Graham FRCS31 January 2002

    Director, Cochlear Implant Programme

    Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, London


“From frogs’ legs to pieds-noirs and beyond:

some aspects of cochlear implantation”


Published on this website (.pdf) – click here to view



9. Professor Erwin S Hochmair Dipl.Ing. Dr.techn.6 February 2003

    Department of Applied Physics

    University of Innsbruck, Austria

“Expectations, setbacks and achievements

– from serendipity to safe, effective cochlear implant design choices”


Published on this website (.pdf) – click here to view



10. Professor Thomas J Balkany MD FACS FAAP5 February 2004

      Hotchkiss Professor and Chairman

      Department of Otolaryngology

      University of Miami School of Medicine, Florida, USA


“Cochlear implant electrode trauma and analysis of dynamic insertion forces”



11. Dr Lorraine Gailey BSSc PhD DipCCS Reg MRCSLT3 February 2005

      Chief Executive, The LINK Centre for Deafened People

“Who wears the trousers in your patient’s family?”


The role of psychosocial assessment and intervention in

optimising the outcome of cochlear implantation in adults.



12. Dr Emily Tobey PhD2 February 2006

      Callier Advanced Hearing Research Centre

      Dallas, Texas, USA


“Technological advances and societal changes:

are a parent’s decisions regarding cochlear implantation getting any easier?”


A review of controversies in cochlear implantation in children, an update on research

related to performance outcomes, and speculation on the future.



13. Professor Thomas Lenarz MD PhD1 February 2007

      Department of Otolaryngology

      Medical University of Hanover, Germany


“Cochlear preservation surgery – on the way towards the regenerated inner ear”


Pathways towards restoration of the normal inner ear

using the cochlear implant electrode as a multipurpose tool.



14. Mr David Proops BDS FRCS31 January 2008

      Department of Otolaryngology, University Hospital Birmingham

      and The Children’s Hospital Birmingham

“Cochlear implantation – the keystone in implantation otology”


The Birmingham experience of cochlear implantation, surgical advances and other

developments in implantation otology, and delivery of services in the UK.



15. Sue Archbold MPhil5 February 2009

      The Ear Foundation, Nottingham


“Cochlear implantation: transforming educational opportunities for deaf children”


Paediatric implantation is now routine provision for deaf children:

what influence has it had on their education?



16. Professor Matthew C Holley BSc DPhil4 February 2010

      Professor of Sensory Physiology

      Department of Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield


“New hope for the deaf? – flies, fish, chicks and mice”


The lecture will examine the prospects of a cure for hearing loss,

showing the contribution from some surprising animal models.



17. Professor Shakeel R Saeed MD FRCS (ORL)3 February 2011

      Professor of Otology and Neuro-otology
      University College London Ear Institute


“Cochlear implantation – challenges in the 21st century”


The presentation will cover some of the challenges that we currently face including

outcomes and technical challenges, functional aesthetics, surgical standards and access and health care resources.



Published on this website (.pdf) – click here to view



18. Professor Robert A Schindler MD2 February 2012

      Professor and Chairman, Emeritus

      Department of Otolaryngology

      University of California San Francisco, USA


“Cochlear implants: the scientific revolution that created them

and the difficulties they face in the future”


Cochlear implants were a scientific revolution that changed our concept of deafness.
Will future CI manufacturers continue to innovate and strive to build an “ideal” implant?



Professor Robert Schindler (centre) with the Trustees at the 2012 Memorial Lecture



19. Professor Paul Van de Heyning MD PhD31 January 2013

      University Department of Otorhinolaryngology and

      Head and Neck Surgery, Antwerp University Hospital

      University of Antwerp, Belgium


“Cochlear implantation for single-sided deafness and incapacitating tinnitus:

8 years experience with this new indication that changes lives”


Patient selection and outcomes in terms of speech recognition, speech and quality questionnaires and tinnitus management will be discussed. The underlying physiopathology of inappropriate plasticity in brain networks will be debated.



Professor Paul Van de Heyning, Patricia Fraser, Philip Robinson

and Chris Raine (BCIG Chair) at the 2013 Memorial Lecture



20. Mr Philip J Robinson FRCS6 February 2014

      Consultant Adult and Paediatric Otolaryngologist

      University of Bristol Hospitals NHS Trust, Bristol

      Director of West of England Hearing Implant Programme


“From infancy to maturity? Successes and challenges

in paediatric cochlear implantation”


Cochlear implantation in children must rank as one of the greatest technological achievements in medicine. Implantation at ever younger ages has led to further improvements in outcome but significant challenges remain, particularly in children with complex additional needs. This talk will address the successes and challenges in paediatric cochlear implantation.


Published on this website (.pdf) – click here to view



Patricia Fraser, Professor Shakeel Saeed (President of RSM Otology Section)

and Philip Robinson at the 2014 Memorial Lecture



21. Professor Blake S Wilson DSc DEng 19 March 2015

      Co-Director, Duke Hearing Center

      Duke University Medical Center

      Durham, North Caroline, USA

“Possible ways forward with cochlear implants and

building on the grand legacy of Graham Fraser”



22. Professor Gerard O’Donoghue FRCS 28 April 2016

      Consultant Neurotologist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

      Honorary Professor of Otology and Neurotology, University of Nottingham


“Auditory implants in the UK – the end of the beginning?”


Published on this website (.pdf) – click here to view


ENT News article on which a major part of this lecture was based (.pdf) – click here to view

The ENT News article was originally published in ENT and Audiology News, Vol 25 No 2, May/June 2016; pp82-4. Reproduced with kind permission of Pinpoint Scotland Ltd.



23. Professor Liat Kishon-Rabin PhD20 March 2017

      Professor of Communication Disorders      Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

      Head, Stanley Steyer School of Health Professions

      Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel


“The challenge of listening in noise with cochlear implants”



24. Professor Christopher Raine MBE ChM FRCS18 May 2018

      Consultant ENT Surgeon

      The Yorkshire Auditory Implant Service, Bradford


“Listening for life”



25. Professor Andrea D Warner-Czyz PhD4 April 2019

      School of Behavioural and Brain Sciences

      The University of Texas at Dallas, USA


“ Development of social relationships in children with cochlear implants”



26. Professor Christine Yoshinaga-Itano PhD10 March 2020

      Research Professor, Institute of Cognitive Science

      University of Colorado Boulder, USA


“Longitudinal English literacy outcomes of children (from 8 to 16 years) who are deaf or hard of hearing with the greatest

risk factors – poverty, non-English speaking homes and additional disabilities – after UNHS/EHDI was established”



27. Professor Iain Bruce MD FRCS (ORL-HNS)11 May 2021

      Consultant Paediatric Otolaryngologist, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

      Honorary Clinical Professor of Paediatric Otolaryngology, University of Manchester


“Who really wants a crystal ball?

Prognostication in CI and progressive hearing loss”



28. Professor Catherine Birman OAM MBBS PhD FRACS26 April 2022

      Consultant ENT Surgeon and Clinical Professor
      Medical Director of NextSense Cochlear Implant Program (formerly SCIC)
      University of Sydney, Australia


“Optimising outcomes in cochlear implants”



29. Professor Julie G Arenberg MS PhD13 April 2023

      Director of Audiology Research and Education at Massachusetts Eye and Ear
      Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School

“The influence of the electrode-neurone interface on cochlear implant outcomes”



30. Professor Dan Jiang PhD FRCSI FRCS (ORL-HNS) 1 May 2024

      Consultant Otologist and Skull Base Surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospitals, London
      Lead Clinician at St Thomas’ Hearing Implant Centre and the London Paediatric ABI Programme

“Decoding silence – Advancements in paediatric auditory brainstem implants and beyond”