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DRS 2019 Annual Meeting
March 7-9
Pre-Conference ~ March 6
Wyndham San Diego
San Diego, CA

Please note our new address!
DRS - C/O Badger Bay Management Company
563 Carter Court, Suite B, Kimberly, WI 54136
Phone:  920-560-5624 | Email:  DRS@badgerbay.co

Message from the President

Dear DRS Members, Colleagues, and Guests,

I am excited to personally welcome you to the beautiful city of San Diego, California for the 27th Annual Meeting and Pre-Conference Course of the Dysphagia Research Society. The Society has accomplished much in its yester years with swallowing disorders research and practices. However, we are increasingly co-dependent on inter-disciplinary research and practices to advance the science of safe deglutition while improving the overall well-being of the patient. Given the complexity of safe deglutition, this year we have embarked on a theme of Swallowing, Airway and Aero-Digestive Co-Dependence.  The Program Planning Committee has diligently worked to create a truly transdisciplinary program that engages all aspects of research advances and clinical practices across the age spectrum-from neonates to nonagenarians. We have made a conscientious effort to integrate researchers across the various disciplines involved with swallowing, airway and aero-digestive co-dependence. Not only that, we made attempts to strengthen the co-dependence between SLP researchers and physician researchers, as this combined knowledge and diverse perspectives will not only strengthen our interdisciplinary society, but will also lay foundations to provide a holistic yet, advanced care to our patients. The DRS-2019 program will reflect this vision, and I am hopeful, that the phase of transdisciplinary growth will only increase in future years of our DRS!   

From discovery to mass translation, it takes several years, perhaps a generation in the life of a child. We need to shorten this interval while maximizing the returns in terms of outcomes-clinical, developmental, economic, quality and satisfaction. Of course, a good swallow is a ‘contented, yet safe swallow’. To this effect, we have made a sincere effort to seek nationally and internationally renowned speakers across the disciplines-swallowing, physiology, nutrition, gastroenterology and motility, aero-digestive science, tele-health, ENT, health systems and quality of care. To realize the vision that we laid out, the Dodds-Donner lecture, Grand Rounds-1 & 2, and the newly developed interactive focusedLunch & Learn Sessions’ along with the themed sessions will offer tremendous amount of new knowledge we all can take back home and share with our colleagues to implement new ideas. Mentoring activities through the Early Investigator Session continues to offer guidance to the emerging research talent within the DRS.

There are some exciting things about the DRS-2019 meeting! So far, we have a record membership of over 450 this year, and still counting.  We have 38 invited talks, 50 oral presentations, 106 poster presentations, and 24 awards in total! Not only have we devoted time to learning, we also dedicated time to make new friendships through social events. Click here for the full letter.

Best Wishes,

Sudarshan R. Jadcherla, MD, FRCP(Irel), DCH, AGAF
President, Dysphagia Research Society

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