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Past Award Recipients

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GOLD MEDALIST

The Gold Medal is to be awarded in recognition of unusually distinguished service and/or contributions to the Dysphagia Research Society over a sustained period of time.

 

2019 - Jeffrey Palmer, MD

2018
- Art Miller, PhD

2017 - Barbara C. Sonies, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow, ASHA Honors

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DODDS-DONNER LECTURE

Dodds-Donner Lecture occurs yearly at the Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting in honor

of Drs. Martin W. Donner and Wylie J. Dodds.

 

2019 - Joel Richter, MD - The Patient with Dysphagia: In the Future, Who Will Take Ownership?

2018
- Joan C. Arvedson, PhD, CCC-SLP - Infants & Children with Dysphagia: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Know?

2017 - Jeffrey B. Palmer, MD - Eating and Swallowing Solid Food: A Physiological Approach

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SCIENTIFIC ABSTRACT ORAL PRESENTATION WINNERS

The annual meeting includes scientific paper sessions throughout the course of the meeting.  Typically the DRS provides first, second and third place award certificates for best overall oral presentations

 

FIRST PLACE

2019 - Emily Plowman, PhD, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida - Internal Validation of the Physiologic Risk Index for Swallowing Impairment (PRISM)

2018
- Sarah Perry, PhD, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York - Attentional Resource Allocation and Cough Reflex Sensitivity in Healthy Young Individuals

2017 - Andrew Redfearn, PhD University College London, London, England - Oral Simulator Quantifies Intra-bolus Pressures, Flow Speeds and Bolus Clearance Differences Between Starch and Gum Thickeners

SECOND PLACE

2019 - Lauren Madhoun, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio - Relationships Between Maternal Stress Indices and Feeding and Growth in Infants with and without Cleft Lip and/or Palate

2018 - Karen Hegland, PhD, CCC-SLP, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida - Relationship Between Reflex Cough and Swallow Timing in Parkinson's Disease 

2017 - Laurelie Wall, BSpPath(Hons), University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia -  SwallowIT”: A Randomised Controlled Trial Investigating the Delivery of Prophylactic Swallowing Therapy to Head/Neck Cancer Patients via Telepractice

THIRD PLACE

2019 - Heather Pyke, Nazareth College, Rochester, New York - Parents' Experiences of Feeding, Swallowing, and Nutrition in Children Receiving Palliative Care

2018
-Stevie Marvin, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Wisconsin - Pharyngeal versus esophageal stasis: Accuracy of localization

2017 - Courtney Orsbon, MS University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois - New Insights into Swallowing Biomechanics from a Macaque Model System: Evidence for Eccentric Muscle Activity and the Importance of Fiber Rotation

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SCIENTIFIC ABSTRACT POSTER WINNERS

The annual meeting includes scientific poster presentations.  Typically the DRS provides first, second and third place award certificates for best overall poster presentations

 

FIRST PLACE

2019 - Madeline Raatz, BS, University of Queensland, Brisbane - Developing System Requirements for Pediatric Feeding Assessments via Telepractice

2018 - Raele Robison, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida - An Examination of Lingual Physiologic Reserve in Individuals with ALS

2017 - John Russell, PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI - Effects of Exercise on Age-related Changes in Rat Tongue and Jaw Cortical Motor Areas

SECOND PLACE

2019 - Laura Pitts, PhD, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa - Navigated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Evoke Lingual Pressure in Stroke Survivors and Controls

2018
- Ashwini, Namasivayam‐MacDonald, Adelphi University, Brooklyn, New York - The Burden of Dysphagia on Family Caregivers of the Elderly: A Systematic Review

2017 - Erika Armstrong, PhD, CCC-SLP, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX - Instrumental Swallowing Evaluations in the NICU: FEES Compared to VFSS

THIRD PLACE

2019 - Ting-fen Lin, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon - Eating-Related Difficulties in Individuals with COPD

2018 - Lori Lind , University of Missouri, Columbia, MO - Intralingual Cholera Toxin BSaporin (CTBSAP) Injections Mimic Aspects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Related to Dysphagia

2017 - Justine Sheppard, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S Columbia University, Lake Hopatcong, NJ - Validation of the Choking Risk Assessment and Pneumonia Risk Assessment for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD)

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DRS NEW INVESTIGATOR AWARDS

The Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) New Investigator Awards are given to two eligible participants. Applicants may reside in any country and represent any profession. Each participant must have submitted a scientific abstract and been accepted for an oral presentation as part of the DRS Annual Meeting. Once the participants receive notification that their presentations have been accepted, they will be notified by the review committee to submit: a) a two-page, double-spaced summary including data, and b) a CV. Two papers will be selected for oral presentation during the New Investigators’ Forum

 

FIRST PLACE

2019 - Mstayka Schar, Flinders Medical Centre - Australia - Association Between Disordered Swallowing and Duration of Oral Endotrachael Intubation in Critically Ill Patients: A High-Resolution Pharyngeal Manometry Study

2018 - Courtney Orsbon, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois - The Biomechanics of Tongue Base Retraction: Evidence for a Hyolingual Hydraulic Linkage

2017 - Avinash Mishra, PhD Columbia University, Davenport, IA - Airway Protective Behaviors and Clinical Swallow Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy and Healthy Controls

SECOND PLACE

2019 - Rachel Mulheren, PhD, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio - The Effect of Attention on Swallowing in Healthy Individuals: An Exploratory Study

2018
- Miranda Cullins, PhD, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Wisconsin - Reduced tongue force and altered muscle fiber type composition in a rat model of post stroke dysphagia

2017 - Sarah Perry, PhD Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY - The Relationship between Oral Bacteria, Cough Reflex Sensitivity and Aspiration Pneumonia in Patients with Acute Stroke

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AB-SSD DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH AWARD IN DYSPHAGIA

The AB-SSD Distinguished Research Award in Dysphagia is given to a speech-language pathologist who presents a scientific paper at the Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting for topics related to swallowing function and disorders.

2019 - James Curtis, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, Teachers College, Columbia University - Effects of Verbal Cueing and Bolus Holding on Respiratory Swallow Coordination in Parkinson's Disease.

2018 - Bonnie Martin Harris, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCSS, School of Communication, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois - VFSS Measurement Tool for Swallowing Impairment in BottleFed Babies (BaByVFSSImp): Establishing a Standard

2017 - Catriona Steele, PhD, CCC-SLP, S-LP(C), BCS-S University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada - Psychometric Evaluation of a New Functional Diet Scale for Dysphagia

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CSDRG LOGEMANN TRAVEL AWARD

Dr. Jerilyn "Jeri" Logemann was a pioneer in research related to dysphagia. In 1996 she founded the Communication Sciences and Disorders Clinical Trials Research Group (CSDRG). The goal of CSDRG is to advance the scientifically-based assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders. This award honors her career and memory by seeking applications from students who are conducting research to further the evidence-base of the profession.

 

2019 - Danielle Stone, University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia - Mechanisms of Perceived Swallow Change Post Whiplash: Potential for a Muscle Tension

2018
- Brittany Krekeler, M.S., University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI - Patient Adherence, Tongue Force Generative Capacity, and Swallowing Outcomes

2017 - Ashwini Namasivayam, PhD, SLP(C), Reg. CASLPO University of Toronto/Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto, ON, Canada - How Swallow Pressures and Dysphagia Affect Malnutrition and Mealtime Outcomes in Long Term Care

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HEAD AND NECK CANCER ALLIANCE AWARDS

This award is open to all disciplines and is specifically targeted for swallowing research in patients with head and neck cancer. An award will be presented to BOTH an oral presenter and a poster presenter.

 

Oral Presentations

2019 - Jared Cullen, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin - Sensate Versus Asensate Flap Reconstruction of the Oral Cavity with Objective Measurements of Tongue Strength and Function in a Rat Model

2018
- Claire Jeans, Calvary Mater Hospital Newcastle, Australia - Understanding the Impact of Head and Neck Lymphedema on Swallow Function: Insights from Patients Experiences

2017 - Laurelie Wall, BSpPath(Hons) University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia - "SwallowIT”: A Randomised Controlled Trial Investigating the Delivery of Prophylactic Swallowing Therapy to Head/Neck Cancer Patients via Telepractice

Poster Presentations

2019 - Carly Barbon, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto, Ontario - Changes in Swallow Safety and Efficiency After Radiation in Patients with Oropharyngeal Carcinoma


2018
- Barbara Messing, - GBMC, The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Center, Baltmore, Maryland - Nature and Prevalence of Dysgeusia During and Post Head and Neck Cancer Management and its Impact on Oral Intake

2017 - John Russell, PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI - Specific Force Deficits in Extrinsic Tongue Muscles Following Radiation Therapy

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NATIONAL FOUNDATION OF SWALLOWING DISORDERS AWARD

The National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders (NFOSD) Award is open to all disciplines and is specifically targeted to revolutionary translational research with the greatest likelihood of directly benefiting the patient/caregiver.

 

2019 - Barbara Messing, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center, Johns Hopkins Voice Center, Baltimore, MD - Hyposalivation and Xerostomia Post Head and Neck Cancer: Changes and Impact on Eating Over Time

2018
- Clare Burns, BspPath, PhD, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia - Telepractice for Dysphagia Services

2017 - Samantha Shune, PhD, CCC-SLP The University of Oregon, Eugene, OR - Redefining Dining Practices in Care Facilities for Residents with Dysphagia

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SPRINGER PUBLISHING TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS

The Springer Publishing Travel Scholarship is designed to provide support  junior, international and out of field presenters to attend the upcoming DRS Annual Meeting and Post-Graduate Course. One travel scholarship will be awarded per category

 

International Award:

2019 - Leisa Turkington, University of Queensland, Australia - Carbonated Liquids: An Investigation of Taste Intensity, Palatability, Effervescence and Sip Volumes of Stimuli used in Videofluoroscopy 

2018
- Maria Jardine, University of Auckland, Auckland, Glen Innes, New Zealand - Redefining Elderly Swallowing Through Videofluoroscopy

2017 - Kerstin Erfmann, MSc, University of Canterbury Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research, Christchurch, New Zealand - The Influence of Cerebellar Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) on Motor Learning in Swallowing

Clinician Award:

2019 - Erica Herzberg, Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Health, New York - Physiological Compensation for Advanced Bolus Location at Swallow Onset in Healthy Seniors

 2018 - Danielle Brates, New York University, New York, New York - Clinical Utility of Perceptual Methods for Assessing Hyolaryngeal Movement

2017 - Rachel Bolognone, MS, CCC-SLP, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR - Dysphagia After Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) for Oropharyngeal Cancer: Findings from a Longitudinal Prospective Study

Under-Represented in Discipline Award:

2019 - Emily Ramirez, Boston University School of Public Health, Dracut, Massachusets - DHI Responses Not Associated with PAS score from MBS

2018
- Sorina Simon, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, The Netherlands’ - Association Between Pharyngeal Pooling and Aspiration Using Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing in Head and Neck Cancer Patients with Dysphagia

2017 - Courtney Orsbon, MS, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL - New Insights into Swallowing Biomechanics from a Macaque Model System: Evidence for Eccentric Muscle Activity and the Importance of Fiber Rotation

Student Award:

2019 - James Curtis, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York - Effects of Verbal Cueing and Bolus Holding on Respiratory Swallow Coordination in Parkinson's Disease

2018
- Robert Fujiki, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana - The Recline and Head-Lift Exercises Have Similar Biomechanical Swallowing Outcomes and DeTraining Effects in Older Adults

2017 - Ashwini Namasivayam, PhD, SLP(C), Reg. CASLPO, University of Toronto/Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto, ON, Canada - How Swallow Pressures and Dysphagia Affect Malnutrition and Mealtime Outcomes in Long Term Care

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STEVEN B. LEDER AWARD

The Steven B. Leder Award was created by the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) to highlight clinically relevant research. This award honors Steve Leder, a prolific evidence-based clinical researcher, a dedicated clinician, and past-president of the DRS. This award is made possible through contributions to the DRS Research and Education Fund.

2019 - Barbara Messing, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center, Johns Hopkins Voice Center, Baltimore, Maryland - Establishing a Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Clinical Pathway: An Implementation Evaluation and Audit of Dysphagia-Related Services and Outcomes

2018
 - Roganie Govender, University College London Hospital - Patient Experiences of Swallowing Exercises After Head and Neck Cancer

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CLARENCE T. SASAKI M.D. AWARD

Clarence T. Sasaki MD, The Charles W. Ohse Professor of Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine, has had a long-standing interest and experience in physiological research of the larynx serving as Director of The Yale Larynx Laboratory since 1973. The Sasaki award is given to an M.D. or M.D. candidate who presents a scientific paper or poster at the Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting on topics related to swallow function and disorders.

 
2019 - Shaina Lynch, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Swallowing Against Laryngeal Restriction (SALR) Exercise Technique Significantly Increases the Duration of UES Opening in both Healthy Elderly and Dysphagic Patients

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JUSTINE J. SHEPPARD DYSPHAGIA in IDD AWARD
Dr. Justine Joan Sheppard was an internationally renowned clinician, academic, and clinical researcher who devoted her life to working with and for individuals with intellectual and developmental disability and cerebral palsy.  This award honors her career and memory by seeking applications from investigators (at all levels) who are conducting research to further advance our understanding of dysphagia in individuals with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) across the age span

2019 - Nobukaza Tanaka, Division of Oral and Facial Disorders, Osaka University Dental Hospital, Japan - Relationships Between Swallowing Frequency and Swallowing Function in Cerebral Palsy Patients with Severe Intellectual and Physical Disabilities

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SUMIKO OKADA FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS

The Sumiko Okada International Fellowship Fund is a research grant honoring Sumiko Okada, a Japanese speech pathologist, who contributed to the field of dysphagia with her publications and yearly presentations and posters at DRS Annual Meetings.

 

2019 
Marie Jardine, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Sonja Molfenter, PhD, New York University, New York

 

2018

Heidi Kletzien, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Janina Wilmskoetter, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina


2017 

Corinne Jones, MS, CCC-SLP, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Ashwini M. Namasivayam, PhD(c), SLP(c), Reg. CASLPO, University of Toronto/Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto, ON, Canada

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SPONSOR-A-STUDENT RECIPIENTS

The Sponsor-A-Student Program allows the members of the public, DRS members and the DRS Community to make donations to support student scholarships to attend the DRS Annual Meeting.

2019

James Curtis, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York

Jessica Forbes, Howard University, Maryland

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