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Note from the President - Dodd's Donner Speaker Announced

Wednesday, December 18, 2019  

Note from the President:

I am very pleased to announce that our Dodds-Donner speaker at the 2020 Annual Meeting will be Dr Timothy McCulloch. Dr McCulloch has been a leader in DRS since its inception and has played a major role in advancing the science of deglutition. I am very honored that he has accepted. This is a synopsis of Dr. McCulloch’s talk. I’m sure it will be interesting and inspiring!

 

-Dr. Susan Langmore

 


Synopsis:
Here’s 
to Health and Quality of Life: A Career-long Attempt to Understand Swallowing and Dysphagia

Swallowing is amazingly complicated and the most important function of human survival. Despite decades of research and clinical practice, many questions about swallow physiology, neural control, and biomechanics remain unanswered. Importantly our understanding of what ‘normal’ swallowing is across the lifetime remains incomplete and as such, how to measure, evaluate, and treat dysphagia is constrained. With our continued collaborative efforts that challenge our beliefs and biases and through the conduct of rigorous, translational research, there is real hope for improving and creating new meaningful interventions. In this lecture, I will present several lines of research that have helped me to understand dysphagia and our treatment options and limitations. I will discuss insights I have gained from working with dysphagia experts and emphasize the value of working collaboratively. Finally, I will provide thoughts for research going forward.

 

Timothy M McCulloch, MD, FACS
Professor and Chair
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology


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