By Eileen Rall This article is a part of the January/February 2017, Volume 29, Number 1, Audiology Today issue. Since 2005, the Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology has been the highlight for pediatric audiologists attending AudiologyNOW!, the annual convention of the American Academy of Audiology. This lecture series is supported with a grant from The Oticon Foundation. The inaugural lecture was given by Anu Sharma, PhD. Many pediatric audiologists, myself included, can remember sitting in that session, captivated and inspired by the groundbreaking work that Dr. Sharma presented on the biological markers of auditory development and the impact of early intervention. This year, the Academy of Audiology Foundation (the Foundation) is honored to invite Dr. Sharma back this year to present the lecture at AudiologyNOW! 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Friday, April 7 at 9:45 am. Dr. Anu Sharma is professor and interim chair of the Department of Speech Language and Hearing and a fellow at the Institute for Cognitive Science and Center for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Audiology at the University of Colorado at the Denver Medical School. Her research is focused on examining brain plasticity in children and adults with hearing loss who receive intervention with hearing aids and cochlear implants. Her research has been funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2001. In addition to her inaugural Marion Down’s lecture at AudiologyNOW!, Dr. Sharma has earned an international reputation as an eloquent speaker who can make her research understandable to any audience. She has given the keynote address at the British Academy of Audiology, the British Society of Audiology, and has presented at many other national, regional, and state venues. The Foundation is beyond pleased that she was available for the 2017 Marion Downs Lecture. I had the privilege to interview Dr. Sharma about her work since that inaugural lecture in 2005. This content is an exclusive benefit for American Academy of Audiology members. If you're a member, log in and you'll get immediate access. Member Login If you're not yet a member, you'll be interested to know that joining not only gives you access to top-notch resources like this one, but also invitations to member-only events, inclusion in the member directory, participation in professional forums, and access to patient resources, tools, and continuing education. Join today!