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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 (January 2020): 

Dear DRS members and friends,

I write to you with only 2 months left before our annual conference.  I am eager to see our efforts lead to fruition!  I predict a very successful conference.  We have renowned invited speakers who will share their knowledge along with our own colleague who will be presenting their latest research in the Scientific Sessions.  We have over 200 posters representing more science produced by new and seasoned investigators.  The Preconference is worth attending on its own!

One of our most anticipated lectures each year is the Dodds-Donner lecture.  This year, I selected a long time DRS  member who has contributed an immense record of research to the field.  Since his graduation from medical school in Omaha, NE, Dr. Timothy McCulloch has risen in his field to his current post of Professor and Chair, Otolaryngology, Dept of Surgery, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has mentored innumerable faculty and students and elevated his department to the highest ranks in the fields of laryngology and dysphagia.  We will be hearing from many of his mentees who will present their research throughout the meeting.   Tim has also reached outside his own discipline to work collaboratively with researchers in many other disciplines.

Dr McCulloch is a mentor, a teacher, a clinician, and a researcher.  His contributions cover a wide span, from basic physiology to development of new procedures, to running clinical trials to assess the value of our treatments for dysphagia. When I asked Dr McCulloch what he wanted to speak about in his Dodds-Donner lecture, he responded that he wanted to address some of our achievements and some of our gaps in knowledge regarding  ‘normal’ swallowing and how to measure, evaluate and treat dysphagia.  Throughout the talk he will relate his scientific achievement to his personal connections to scientists around the world.

On a separate note, I would like to address the recent earthquake. As many of you have heard in the past couple of weeks, there has been an earthquake in Puerto Rico on the southwest corner of the island. The Dysphagia Research Society is monitoring the situation in Puerto Rico and we will continue to watch the US Geological Service (USGS) reports to see if any additional seismic activity is predicted to occur. Safety of our attendees at the Annual Meeting is our priority. There has not been any structural damage from the earthquake reported in San Juan. Transportation to and from the city remains open and electricity remains available. The Caribe Hilton was fully renovated and structurally reinforced following Hurricane Maria and has not reported any damage to the property. The Dysphagia Research Society will provide updates and timely notices of any changes to our conference plans.

In the meantime, please continue making plans to join us at the 2020 meeting in San Juan. We are excited to see you there! Remember the early bird deadline ends on January 29th and the hotel group rate is available through February 14, 2020.

I hope to have time to talk to you all at the meeting.  I am truly honored to have organized it and I look forward to seeing old friends and colleagues and meeting new investigators and students.

Susan E Langmore, PhD, CCC-SLP

DRS President 2019-2020


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