A Message from the President
Dear DRS Family:
It’s time for a brief update.
I am glad to say that by end of this month, we will have our new web-site up and running. Most likely you are reading this message on the new site. Some highlights of the new website include updated new look, user friendliness, enhanced features, one simple login with easy to access your member profile and DRS resources, on-line applications for new members, and on-line donation portal for DRS endowments for the future. I would appreciate feedback on the site and any recommendations for improvements.
We are less than six months away from our annual meeting and post-graduate course to be held in March, 2015 at the Westin Chicago. With all the new techniques and technology being used to manage patients with dysphagia, the theme of the meeting is on “Integrating the art and science of swallowing with technology”. As the Chair of the Program Planning Committee and along with my Co-chair, Rosemary Martino, we were successful in getting national and international experts from several disciplines to participate in our course. Along with our traditional oral presentations of scientific papers, we have ample space for poster display. Besides our premier Dodds-Donner lecture, this year we have also included several state-of-the-art lectures to be given by eminent faculties. Since patient management is our ultimate goal, we will have three sessions of 30 minutes each on clinical conundrums where interesting/difficult/complex cases will be presented and audience participation will be encouraged. We have also included a full session on a specific theme and this year it is on Rheology. Through the hard work of Bonnie Martin-Harris and her team, a New Investigator forum will be held on “Telling your Story in a Grant Application.” This session will include brief lectures and an informal discussion of key do’s and don’ts of grant writing. The session will involve a panel of funded faculty and scientific reviewers with experience in various grant mechanisms.
Last but not the least; we are all saddened with the untimely passing away of a giant authority in the field of dysphagia research, Jeri Logemann. A tribute in her honor will be held at the DRS meeting.
Kulwinder S. Dua
MD, DMSc, FRCP (Edinburgh), FRCP (London), FACP, FASGE
2014-2015 DRS President