Sandra Scheeres, Senator for Education, Youth and Science

Sandra Scheeres, Senator for Education, Youth and ScienceDear Ladies and Gentlemen,

In May 2014 the XI International Tinnitus Seminar will take place in the German capital.
Berlin is not only the biggest and greenest city in Europe; it also numbers among the most multifaceted European scientific and research regions. At the four universities that make up the Charité Medical University, four universities of applied sciences, two church colleges, and 27 state-approved universities as well as more than 60 research centres, around 200,000 people from all over the world teach, research, work and study. The congress venue will be the historic campus of the long-established Charité University Hospital.

As trade fair and congress location Berlin attracts high levels of visitors as well as revenue. It is thanks to the German Tinnitus Foundation Charité that the XI International Tinnitus Seminar will take place in the German centre of government next year. From the 21st till the 24th of May 500 of the world’s leading tinnitus specialists are expected. Although tinnitus is a widespread disease, it is still one of the least well-known. It is estimated that, in Germany alone, more than eleven million people are suffering from it. This congress allows a unique international scientific exchange, in order to raise public awareness as well as to identify new methods for both prevention and treatment.

I wish all the congress participants every success during this, also for Berlin, important event and a pleasant stay in our vibrant metropolis.

Sincerely yours,

Sandra Scheeres
Senator for Education, Youth and Science

Klaus Wowereit, Governing Mayor of Berlin

Berlin extends a warm welcome to the participants of the XI International Tinnitus Seminars 2014. It is an honour for our city to host this important medical-scientific congress.  
For many people tinnitus poses a serious threat to health and quality of life. It is estimated that, in Germany alone, more than eleven million people at least temporarily suffer from the irritating tinnitus noises. And experts predict that the number of those affected will continue to rapidly increase. Which makes it all the more important that considerable effort continue to be made in the research, diagnoses and treatment of this widespread disease.   
In Berlin in particular there is the state-of-the-art tinnitus centre of the Charité that, as the largest German specialized facility of its kind, enjoys a great reputation among both sufferers as well as in the international research community. Since 2011 the German Tinnitus Foundation Charité has also been committed to research, education and prevention.
As you can see; Berlin offers an excellent professional environment for a successful congress.  In addition to the Charité, a leading light of modern medical research and practice, here you find a large spectrum of hospitals supported by various institutions, excellent universities as well as a great number of highly renowned scientific institutions that in many cases conduct cutting-edge research and provide young academics with outstanding opportunities. Above and beyond that are the many innovative enterprises in the areas of biotechnology, medical technology and pharmaceutics. They hallmark Berlin as modern health-metropolis of international repute.
It is in this spirit that I wish you not only a fruitful professional exchange within the framework of the XI International Tinnitus Seminar 2014, but also a thoroughly lovely stay in the German capitol city, from which may you take lots of new inspirations home with you.

Klaus Wowereit
Governing Mayor of Berlin

Dr. Kai Uwe Bindseil, HealthCapital

Dr. Kai Uwe Bindseil, HealthCapitalDear Stakeholders,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

The cluster healthcare industry Berlin-Brandenburg - HealthCapital welcomes the XI International Tinnitus Seminar in Berlin that is being held here from 21 to 14 May 2014 with the support of the German Tinnitus Foundation Charité. We look forward to the more than 500 world-leading scientists and scholars who deal with the causes, diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus. You will all have the opportunity to get to know the metropolitan region Berlin-Brandenburg as a top European location for innovative medical technology, healthcare industry and health protection. HealthCapital extends its wishes to the German Tinnitus Foundation Charité and hopes that the interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and practice in Berlin may make a significant contribution to getting a step closer to finding a cure for tinnitus.

Dr. Kai Uwe Bindseil
Clustermanager HealthCapital Berlin-Brandenburg, Head of BioTOP Berlin Brandenburg

Dianne Reeves, Official embassador of ITS14, worldstar and jazz singer

Ladies and Gentleman,

as a vocalist, I depend on my ability to hear - and hear well. It's that simple. Hearing enriches both my life and my ability to make music.

I have experienced hearing issues and I can profoundly appreciate how stressful and upsetting life must be for those plagued by the noise which often accompanies tinnitus.  I strongly support - and I am so grateful for the commitment of the German Tinnitus Foundation Charité and its mission.

Diane Reeves
Official embassador of ITS14

Prof. Dr. med Birgit Mazurek, President of the Congress

Prof. Dr. med Birgit Mazurek, President of the CongressLadies and Gentlemen,
Dear Colleagues,

I will be very pleased to welcome you to the XI International Tinnitus Seminar in May 2014 in Berlin.

More and more people are suffering from tinnitus – all over the world. For this reason, tinnitus research is of increasing importance to society. It is necessary to find strategies and therapies to prevent the emergence of tinnitus and mitigate the condition as effectively as possible for the people already affected by it – or, in the future, hopefully even find a cure for it.

The Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan region, with its award-winning science and research institutions, is the perfect location for such a significant congress. And that is why I am sure that you will feel at home in this environment marked by radical change and development.

Also the Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus of Charité, where the congress is being held, has made history. Already 100 years ago, its builders had the vision that the building would promote scientific exchange among doctors – and that exactly has been the mission of the International Tinnitus Seminar since 1979.

The auspices for a successful XI International Tinnitus seminar could therefore not be better. I wish us all an equally interesting and fruitful interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge.

Prof. Dr. Birgit Mazurek
President of the ITS14

Dr. Kurt Anschütz, Managing Director of the German Tinnitus Foundation Charité

Dear congress participants,

On behalf of the German Tinnitus Foundation Charité, I warmly welcome you to the International Tinnitus Seminar 2014.

One of the chief concerns of our foundation is to promote international communication in the scientific community. It is our conviction that we can move forward in the highly complex field of tinnitus research and therapy only if you, the experts, share the knowledge and experience you have gained. We therefore thank you for your specific contributions at this international congress.

In your countries the situation may be different, but in Germany too little regard is still paid to the suffering tinnitus causes. The XI. International Tinnitus Seminar will help focus German attention on the problem.

Our Foundation was set up three years ago as a civil society initiative to provide enduring financial support for research. The founders also stipulated that we were to engage in preventive work. A particular target group for our efforts is young people. We invite you to take a look at our website, where we report on all aspects of our work. We are interested in cooperating internationally, and would welcome any proposals.

We all know how important it is that figures in the public eye draw attention not only to the suffering, but also to our efforts in research and therapy. We therefore thank three-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves and two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz for their selfless commitment in supporting this congress. Both are authentic ambassadors for our cause.

I wish you an enjoyable stay in our city and an enriching scientific exchange. The Foundation is celebrating the congress with a charity concert in the French Dom. You are heartily invited to attend.

Dr. Kurt Anschütz
Managing Director of the German Tinnitus Foundation Charité