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President's Message

Dear Dysphagia Research Society Family,

I hope everyone is having a very successful 2015 so far and wish you all continued success for the rest of the year and years to come. The 23rd Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting and Postgraduate Course will be held in the wonderful city of Chicago this year.

The interest in dysphagia research across all disciplines was overwhelming when looking at the number of abstracts submitted this year. This makes us one of the premier conferences focusing on the management of swallowing disorders, where members from all disciplines gather under one roof to exchange new ideas, foster collaborative research and connect students and young scientists with mentors. Several new awards, including the prestigious new DRS Gold Medal, will be given this year.

With the introduction of new technologies, including advancements in regenerative medicine, we will have several state-of-the-art lectures on topics related to integrating the art and science of swallowing with technology. This will be supplemented by presenting how real-life challenging cases were managed (or mismanaged) with audience participation under our newly-introduced Clinical Conundrum sessions. Additional highlights of this year’s meeting are presentations on applying the principles of basic science to clinical practice and, for those launching their career in dysphagia research, experts will talk on the principles of writing a successful grant application.

As many of you know, last year we lost Jeri Logemann. A giant figure in dysphagia research, she was also an exceptional individual who influenced the lives of so many individuals, professionals and patients. Besides a tribute to her at our meeting, there will be an academic session at the Northwestern University in her honor.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all, our student members, and the members of the various DRS committees, for their year-round support and involvement in DRS activities. My special thanks to our speakers, the Program Planning Committee, Abstract Review Committee, our Multidisciplinary Scientific Advancement Ad Hoc Committee, Website, Communications, and Public Relations Committee, the Board of Directors, and those who will mentor our students and junior colleagues in grant writing. Their devotion, passion, and tireless effort in making this event happen is much appreciated.

This meeting would not have been possible without the countless hours of work put in by the staff of the International Meeting Managers. I want to thank them for this and for keeping me on track. Last, my special thanks to our sponsors.

With representations from Speech Language Pathology, Otolaryngology, Gastroenterology, Pediatrics, Dentistry, Veterinary medicine and Basic sciences, let us take this opportunity to foster interdisciplinary research rather than work in isolation.


Kulwinder Dua
MD, DMSc, FRCP (Edinburgh), FACP, FRCP (London), FASGE
Professor, Department of Medicine and Pediatrics
Section Chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center
Director, Advanced Endoscopy program and Director, Pancreaticobiliary Center, DDC
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA
Tel: (414) 955-6836; Fax: (414) 955-6214; [email protected]

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