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DRS 2020 Annual Meeting

Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico


March 17, 2020

Annual Meeting

March 18-20, 2020 (not .com)


Message from the President (November 2019): 

Dear DRS Members and Friends,

New Direction for DRS:

This summer and fall have been busy months for DRS officers and councilors.  A strategic planning group met in Milwaukee in August to brainstorm ideas for the future of our society.  We have been an ‘annual meeting’ organization for too long.  We need to expand the mission and goals of DRS to encompass more educational activities and more support for research in dysphagia.  Dr. Sudarshan Jadcherla led this effort.  A report is soon forthcoming that will summarize the outcome of the meeting and subsequent conference calls.

Annual Meeting Update:
The program is out for your perusal. Please click here to view the document. As you can see, the Preconference entitled “Updates in Dysphagia: Cutting-Edge and Innovative Approaches” is substantially changed and now includes a large number of distinguished, invited speakers and panels.  We have four sessions of running concurrently over four separate time slots (two in the morning and two in the afternoon). It is a mindblower and not to be missed!  That evening, we will have a Welcome Reception to bring everyone together.

The Scientific Sessions are still the mainstay of the Main Conference entitled “Evidence for Current Practice and Emerging Technology. Over two full days, we will hear from fifty speakers whose abstracts have been accepted for oral presentation. We will also have the opportunity to view 120 posters that have been accepted. Acceptance letters will be emailed the last week of November.  Awards for the best oral and poster sessions, along with other awards will be announced at the Awards Ceremony the evening of conference day two. On the last day of the meeting, we will have two invited sessions focusing on timely and thought-provoking topics and we will hear about regenerative medicine applied to the esophagus and trachea. We will also have our most important presentation of the meeting from our Dodds-Donner Speaker - whose name will be announced within a few weeks.

Our Sponsor-a-Student Program has now finished. Congratulations to our winner, Tin-fen Lin! To view her video, please click here. Thank you to everyone who donated to the program.

Registration for the meeting is open, with early registration ending on January 29, 2020! Hotel registration is filling up fast and expected to sell out. I encourage you to make your reservations now by clicking here.

Have a happy holiday season everyone!

Susan Langmore, PhD, CCC-SLPDRS President 2019-2020


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