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President's Message


Dear Dysphagia Research Society Family,

This year has been momentous for the society. In March 2015, we enjoyed a record attendance at the 23rd Annual Meeting in Chicago. In 2016 we will be traveling out of the mid-portion of the country where we have held meetings for the past two years. The 24th Annual Meeting and Postgraduate course will be held in sunny Tucson, Arizona.


Team based and interprofessional care has been a buzzword in the healthcare community over the past several years. The Dysphagia Research Society was founded almost 25 years ago to advance the science and care of patients with swallowing disorders in a multidisciplinary fashion. This years meeting will focus on evidence based best practices both for research and care delivery. New investigator sessions will continue to focus on development of skills to succeed in scientific writing while new sessions on how to review a manuscript help to hone everyone’s critical thinking skills. Research techniques and funding mechanisms are an ever evolving landscape. Clinical effectiveness techniques and the patient centered outcomes research initiative (PCORI) are methods of investigation introduced in the past few years to attempt to study disease in a more real world setting. We will learn more about these an other exciting techniques from the experts.

We hope you will be able to join us for thought provoking and collaborative sessions nestled amidst the High Sonoran foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

 

Douglas J. Van Daele, MD, FACS


Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, Roy J and Lucille A Carver College of Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

 


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