Politzer Prize

Politzer Prizes

1992 N. Kraus "Cortical evoked potentials to speech stimuli in cochlear implant patients"
1994 Dr. Anne G.M. Schilder MD. PhD. "The effect of otitis media with effusion at pre-school age on some aspects of auditory perception at school"
1998 Justin Weir MD (United Kingdom) - Differentiation of Cochlear Hair Cells in Vitro 
2002 Mark Winter MDReverse Transfer Function (Rtf) Measurement: An Objective Tool To Determine The Performance Of The Active Middle Ear Implant Transducer
Ray J, D'Souza MDSubarachnoid - CSF fat microemboli – a common non-specific finding following translabyrinthine acoustic neuroma excision
2003 The best paper in basic science was awarded to HolgerSudhoff, MD Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Bochum, Germany, for "Molecular mechanisms of bone resorption in cholesteatoma."
The best clinical paper was awarded to Z. Farkas, MD, Heim Pal Hospital for Sick Children, Budapest, Hungary for "Voice spectral analysis in children with acute otitis media"
2005 Clinical Science First Place: T. Karosi for Karosi T, Konya J, Petko M, Szabo LZ, Pytel J, Jori J, Sziklai: AntimeaslesIgG for serologic diagnosis of otosclerotic hearing loss. 
Basic Science First Place: S. Kanzaki for Kanzaki S, Ito M, Ogawa K, Matsuo K: Hearing loss and osteoporosis of auditory ossicles in mice.
2007 Basic Science First Place: Pascal Senn, Robust post-mortem survival of murine vestibular and cochlear stem cells
Basic Science Second Place: Felipe Santos, Chemical genetics approach yields a novel class of compounds that protect mammalian hair cells
Basic Science Second Place: SertacYetiser, Analysis of time-dependent changes of neurotrophic factors (BDNF, CNTF) in traumatic facial nerve injury of a nerve-cut and nerve-crush model in rats
Clinical First Place: Tadashi Kitahara, Effects of intra-endolymphatic sac application of large doses of steroids for intractable Meniere's disease: a randomized controlled trial
2009 Clinical Science:Otologics Middle EarTransducer withContralateral Conventional HearingAid in Severe Sensorineural HearingLoss. StephaneTringali, France
Basic Science:Comparison of Salicylate, Quinine andNoise-inducedTinnitus DevelopmentandTime Course in Rats andEvaluation of Audiological CorrelatesMassimo Ralli, Italy
Clinical Science First Place: David D. Pothier: “Digital Image Stabilizaton in the Treatment of Oscillopsia” 
Basic Science First Place shared by: Hyo‐Jeong Lee “Auditory, Visual, and Audiovisual Speech Percepton in CI Users Measured by H152O‐PET”   and Abraham Jacob “AR42: A Novel Histone Deacelylase Inhibitor with High Clinical‐Translational Potential as Treatment for NF2‐
Associated Tumors”

Revised Politzer Prize Regulations (Politzer Board Meeting Antalya 2013.)

The Organisers of each Politzer Society meeting shall include the following regulations for the Politzer Prize in all congress announcements.

Two Politzer Prizes will be awarded one for Clinical Research in Otology and the other for Basic Science Research in Otology.


  • The Candidates should not have reached the age of Forty Years by the opening date of The Politzer Meeting at which they are competing.

  • Entry is open to both members and non-members of The Politzer Society

  • Entry is restricted to one Prize only.

  • The Candidates have to be registered for The Politzer Society meeting at which they are competing.

  • The Politzer Prize Committee, consists of The President, The Past President and two other assessors appointed by The Board. If at any time there becomes a conflict of interests for any Prize Committee member, the President shall appoint a replacement/s from members of the The Politzer Society Board.

  • Abstracts of 600 words, to include the objectives, materials, methods, results and conclusions should be sent to the President of the Politzer Society and to the conference organisers (*), no later than 3 months before start of the meeting.

  • The Presentation should be substantially of their own work and represent an oral exposition of publishable work.

  • The Presentation should not have been presented previously or published nationally or internationally.

  • A manuscript should be prepared as for publication in Otology & Neurotology.

  • The winners of The Politzer Prizes must agree to forward the manuscript to Otology & Neurotology within six months of the date awarded for consideration of publication.

  • The Politzer Prize Committee will require evidence of the pursuit of publication.

  • A signed declaration to confirm that the candidates have and will comply with all the regulations of The Politzer Prize should be appended.

  • The President shall make a preliminary assessment and then send blinded abstracts to the other assessors, asking them to rank 1,2,3 the three best clinical and three best basic science papers. The cumulative 6 highest ranked abstracts will be invited to present.

  • The President will inform the Organiser of those presentations not selected; they will be included in the general programme and the candidates informed.

  • If the Presentation is not shortlisted for the Prize it will be automatically considered for a Short paper or Poster presentation.

  • The Organiser shall reserve a 90 minutes plenary session at the The Politzer Society Meeting and publish it on all announcements and on the final programme as "Politzer Prize Session".

  • The session is chaired by the President of the Politzer Society. The presentation time is 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for the general discussion of each paper.

  • The Politzer Prizes shall consist of The Politzer Prize Gold Medals, insignias, and $1000.

  • The winners receive free registration and accommodation at the next Politzer Society meeting, if the above conditions have been met.

  • The Politzer Prize Medals remain the property of The Politzer Society.

  • The candidates accept that the decisions of The Politzer Prize Committee are final.

  • The decision of The Politzer Society Prize Committee will be announced at The Gala Dinner and The President of The Politzer Society will present the Prizes.

For the organizer

*) Please give the date appropriate to your meeting and the address for forwarding abstracts to The President and yourself.

2013 (Antalya Meeting) Politzer Prize

Initially 105 studies were submitted and the Politzer Prize Jury selected the first eight to be presented during the session.

  1. Cochlear implanation through a Cochleostomy versus round window approach as a cause of immediate and delayed hearing loss in an animal model Roy Hod
  2. Notch Inhibition Induces Cochlear Hair Cell Regeneration and Recovery of Hearing after Acoustic Trauma Kunio Mizutari
  3. Semi-implantable transcutaneous bone conduction hearing device with fitting on the day of surgery Ralf Siegert
  4. The Effectiveness Of Different Neuroprotective Agents In Facial Nerve Injury: An Experimental Study Gökçe Tanyeri
  5. Apoptosis in vivo and proliferation in vitro of supporting cells in the kölliker organ Jun Yang
  6. Dysfunction of the Cochlea Contributing to Hearing Loss in Vestibular Schwannomas Christof Röösli
  7. Intracochlear electrically evoked auditory brainstem responses in cochlear implantation of children with inner ear malformations during surgery Shujiro B Minami
  8. In vivo cochlea hair cell rescue after noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) using low level laser therapy (LLLT) Se Hyung Kim

The Prize winning studies are: (it was decided to announce two studies for each group, both being in the first place)

Notch inhibition induces cochlear hair cell regeneration and recovery of hearing after acoustic trauma - Kunio Mizutari, Masato Fujioka, Makoto Hosoya, Naomi Bramhall, Hirotaka James Okano, Hideyuki Okano, Albert S Edge

The effectiveness of different neuroprotective agents in facial nerve injury: An experimental study - Gökçe Tanyeri, Onur Çelik, Oytun Erbaş, Fatih Oltulu, Özlem Yılmaz Dilsiz

Dysfunction of the cochlea contributing to hearing loss in vestibular schwannoma - Christof Röösli, Fred H Lithicum, Sebahattin Cureoglu, Saumil N Merchant

Intracochlear electrically evoked auditory brainstem responses in cochlear implantation of children with inner ear malformations during surgery - Shujiro B Minami, Nobuko Yamamoto, Hideki Takegoshi, Yukiko Shinjo, Chieko Enomoto, Kimitaka Kaga

2015 Politzer Prize


Within the attached pdf

Winners: (Basic and Clinical)

Implantable bioelectrical system for restoration ok blinking -  Andrij bobrov et al Ukraine

Treatment outcome of auditory frontal dual site rTMS in tinnitus patients and changes in functional connectivity after rTMS , double  blind randomized controlled trial  -

Myong-whan Suh Korea

2018 (Las Palmas Meeting) Politzer Prize

Politzer Prize Clinical Research Finalists

  1. Angel Ramos de Miguel: (aramosgcc@gmail.com)  Real-time intracochlear electrocochleography for residual hearing preservation during cochlear implantation
  2. Federico Alberto Di Lella: (federico.dilella@hospitalitaliano.org.ar) In vivo real-time remotely cochlear capacitive impedance measurements: a glimpse into the implanted inner ear
  3. John Cutajar: (jcut228@yahoo.co.uk ) The natural history of asymptomatic deep pars tensa retraction
  4. Pradeep Vundavalli: (pradeetvundavalli@gmail.com)  Vertical Pendular Nystagmus - Role of Peripheral Vestibular System.   
  5. Saleh Okhovat: (saleh.okhovat@gmail.com )Feasibility of Ovine and Synthetic Temporal bone models for simulation training in Endoscopic  Ear Surgery: Face, Content, Concurrent Validity


Winners: (Two studies shared the Clinical Research Prize)

Angel Ramos de Miguel: (aramosgcc@gmail.com)  Real-time intracochlear electrocochleography for residual hearing preservation during cochlear implantation

Federico Alberto Di Lella: (federico.dilella@hospitalitaliano.org.ar) In vivo real-time remotely cochlear capacitive impedance measurements: a glimpse into the implanted inner ear