A Message from the President
Dear Dysphagia Research Society Colleagues,
It is indeed a privilege and honor to serve as DRS President for 2016-2017, especially as the Society prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary at its upcoming annual meeting in Portland, Oregon. Twenty-five years—WOW! Just imagine where the evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders was 25 years ago.
We did not have high resolution manometry in our evaluation armament. We were just beginning to understand that a single, unilateral hemispheric stroke could produce dysphagia. Survival rates in individuals with head and neck cancer were limited, and we did not fully understand the long-term effects of radiation therapy. The science has advanced dramatically over the last 25 years, with significant translation of findings into clinical practice. While we have come a long way, we must continue to strive to advance the field forward in order to improve the lives of individuals with dysphagia.
The Society was founded to promote a mission of international and multidisciplinary research to advance evidence-based practice in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with dysphagia. Many thanks are extended to our founders, who represent fields such as gastroenterology, radiology, speech-language pathology, otolaryngology, and basic science. The DRS continues to embody a service-oriented philosophy and multidisciplinary approach in research. Collaboration among disciplines and countries is imperative to advance the field. Research is the cornerstone of the Society, hence the name. However, as a society, we must ensure translation and dissemination of our research to clinicians and physicians in the field who serve our patients. Likewise, we must engage individuals with dysphagia and their caregivers in order for our research to be salient and lead to outcomes that are clinically relevant.