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2019 Conference Schedule

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Wednesday, March 6: Pre-Conference
Registration 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Breakfast 7:00-8:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks 7:45-8:00 a.m.

Session I: Back to Basics-Swallowing and Aerodigestive Co-Dependence

  • Neuroscience of Feeding, Swallowing and Airway Protection: Emphasizing the Ubiquitous Connectivity of Vagus
  • Integration of Airway Protection During Swallowing: Understanding Cross-Systems Connectivity
  • Developmental Physiology of Swallowing and Breathing During Infancy and Childhood
  • Normal Adult Swallowing: Changing Physiology During Adulthood
  • Session I Panel and Audience Discussion
8:15-9:45 a.m.
Break 9:45-10:00 a.m.

Session II: Understanding the Chaos of Dysphagia and Aspiration

  • Natural History of Patients who Aspirate: Is it Time to Develop Better Predictors? 
  • Feeding Through the Diagnosis of Aspiration: When to Feed and When to Pause?
  • Integration and Cross-Talk Between Deglutition and Respiratory Function
  • Physiology and Pathophysiology of Aspiration Prevention Mechanisms: Are We Failing to Recognize Them?
  • Session II Panel and Audience Discussion
10:00-11:30 a.m.

Lunch Break

11:30-1:00 p.m.

Session III: Dysphagia, Nagging Cough & Aging-What Are The Links? 

  • Dysphagia and the Nagging Cough: What Are the Causal and Ameliorating Mechanisms?
  • GERD and Cough: Mechanisms of Post-Swallow Dysphagia and Implications for Management
  • Implementation of Cough Testing in Clinical Practice
  • An Understanding of Deglutitive Disorders in the Settings of Stroke and Aging
  • Session III Panel and Audience Discussion
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Break 2:30-2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Session IV-A: Bringing Quality Evidence Into the Pediatric Dysphagia Practice

  • Reducing Errors with Dysphagia Diagnosis Using the BabyVFSSlmp
  • Preventing G-Tubes: Tube Feed Weaning Practices in Dysphagic Children
  • Your Baby Needs a G-Tube: It is Difficult to Swallow this Opinion
  • Building Interdisciplinary Feeding Programs in the NICU: Barriers, Role and Scope of Providers
  • Concurrent Session IV-A Panel and Audience Discussion
2:45-4:15 p.m.

Concurrent Session IV-B: Bringing Quality Evidence into the Geriatric Dysphagia Practice

  • Applying Principles of Theory-Based Practice to Dysphagia Management
  • Understanding the Dysphagic Patient with Parkinson's Disease and Stroke
  • Challenges to Improving Compliance to Treatment in the Complex Dysphagic Patient
  • Interdisciplinary Dysphagia Clinical Programs: How Do We Develop?
  • Concurrent Session IV-B Panel and Audience Discussion
2:45-4:15 p.m. 

Concurrent Session IV-C: Early Investigator-Transitioning From Trainee to Independent Investigator

  • Essentials for Transitioning From Trainee to Independent Investigator
  • Concurrent Session IV-C Panel and Audience Discussion
2:45-5:15 p.m.
Harbor Walk and Social

4:15-6:30 p.m.



Thursday, March 7: Conference Day One
Registration 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Breakfast 7:00-8:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks 7:45-8:00 a.m.

Scientific Papers Session I: Pediatrics & Geriatrics

  • Light Video as a Means of Swallow Identification in Pre-Term and Term Infants
  • Physiological Compensation for Advanced Bolus Location at Swallow Onset in Healthy Seniors
  • A Systematic Review of Physiological Changes in Swallowing in the Oldest Old
  • The Impact of Neurologic Injury on Gastroesophageal Reflux Phenotypes via pH-Multichannel Intraluminal Impedance in Premature Infants
  • The Maturation of Coordination of Respiration and Swallowing in Preterm Infants
  • Changes in Infant Suck Function Throughout a Suck Sample
8:00-9:30 a.m.
New Investigator Forum 9:30-10:00 a.m.
View Exhibits 10:00-10:15 a.m.

Scientific Papers Session II: Dysphagia Therapeutics

  • Dysphagia Boot Camp: Evidence-Based Dysphagia Training
  • Modifying Fluid Consistency to Prevent Aspiration in Dementia: A Systematic Review of the Evidence
  • EAT: A Structured Therapy Model to Facilitate Continued Oral Intake Through head and Neck Radiotherapy - User Acceptance and Content Validation
  • Swallowing Against Laryngeal Restriction (SALR) Exercise Technique Significantly Increases the Duration of UES Opening in Both Healthy Elderly and Dysphagic Patients
  • Dysphagia as an Independent Risk Factor for Burden Among Caregivers of Aging Parents
  • Enhancing Effectiveness of Active Tongue Strengthening Exercise using Mental Practice
10:15-11:45 a.m.

Lunch Break, View Exhibits and Posters

11:45-1:45 p.m.

Scientific Papers Session III: Physiologic Basis of Swallowing

  • Respiratory (de)coupling in Healthy Swallows: Head Position Effect
  • Characterization and Mechanism of Esophago-Esophageal Contractile Reflex of Striated Muscle Esophagus
  • The Association Between Tongue Pressures and Anthropometric Measures, Physical Function and Muscle Strength
  • Experimental and Computational Modeling of Bolus Fragmentation
  • Parents' experiences of Feeding, Swallowing, and Nutrition in Children Receiving Palliative Care
  • Swallowing Interdisciplinary Psychophysics (SIP): How Psychophysics Reveals a Safety Bias in Bolus Volume Difference Detection
1:45-3:15 p.m.
View Exhibits 3:15-3:30 p.m.

Scientific Papers Session IV: Neurogenic Dysphagia

  • Predictors of Residue, Penetration, and Aspiration in Parkinson’s Disease
  • Effects of Verbal Cueing and Bolus Holding on Respiratory Swallow Coordination in Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pharyngeal Volumetric Changes in Parkinson’s Disease and its Impact on Swallowing
  • Tongue Pressure Variability in Persons with Parkinson’s Disease Compared to Healthy Older Adults

  • The Effect of Dual Tasking on Cough Reflex Sensitivity in People with Parkinson’s Disease

  • Differences in Swallowing and Cough Function in Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Parkinson’s Disease

3:30-5:00 p.m.
Reception on the Maritime Museum's Star of India

5:00-7:00 p.m.



Friday, March 8: Conference Day Two
Registration 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Breakfast 7:00-9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks 7:45-8:00 a.m.
Grand Rounds I: More Than The First Bite: The Dynamic Sensory Experience of Eating 8:00-8:45 a.m.

Scientific Papers V: Dysphagia in Head & Neck Cancer

  •  Functional Outcomes Following Transoral Robotic Surgery For Recurrent Head and Neck Cancer (HNC)- A Prospective Observational Study
  • Expiratory Muscle Strength Training (EMST) for Radiation-Associated Dysphagia (RAD): Results of a Pilot Prospective Trial

  • Knowledge and Practices of Speech Pathologists and Radiation Therapists Regarding Radiation Dose and Implications for Dysphagia Management

  • Hyposalivation and Xerostomia Post Head and Neck Cancer: Changes and Impact on Eating Over Time

  • Impact of a Combined Inspiratory and Expiratory Muscle Strength Training Program in ALS: Results of a Sham Controlled Randomized Clinical Trial

  • Changes in Tongue Muscle Gene Expression Following Chemoradiation

8:45-10:15 a.m.
View Exhibits 10:15-10:30 a.m.

Scientific Papers VI: Evaluation of Swallowing Disorders

  • Use of the Penetration-Aspiration Scale in Dysphagia Research: A Historical Review
  • Swallowing Biomechanical Analysis Following Lingual Strengthening Therapy in Patients with Post-Stroke Dysphagia
  • Relationships Between Maternal Stress Indices and Feeding and Growth in Infants Within Infants With and Without Cleft Lip and/or Palate
  • Internal Validation of the Physiologic Risk Index for Swallowing Impairment (PRISIM)
  • Characterizing the Physiology of Swallowing Following Spinal Cord Injury
  •  Development of a Tongue-Strength Fatigue-Test: Proof of Concept of a Fatigue Paradigm in Post-Stroke Oropharyngeal Dysphagia (PSOD) Versus Healthy Controls
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Lunch Break, View Exhibits and Posters

12:00-2:00 p.m.

Scientific Papers VII: Novel Methods in the Evaluation of Dysphagia

  • Objective Video-fluoroscopic Swallow Study (VFSS) Parameters Predict the Incidence of Aspiration Pneumonia
  • Aural Stimulation with Capsaicin Ointment Can Prevent Pneumonia in Elderly Dementia Patients with a High Risk of Aspiration
  • A High-Resolution Pharyngeal Manometry Protocol and Metrics: Recommendations of an International Working Group
  • The First 30 Years of Research in Dysphagia: A Scoping Review
  • Revelations of Pharyngeal and UES Dysfunction in Symptomatic Patients with “Normal” Esophageal Manometry Using Large Scale Manometric Database Techniques
  • Impact of Sensory Stimulation on Pharyngeal Swallowing Biomechanics in Adults with Dysphagia: A High Resolution Manometry Study
2:00-3:30 p.m.
View Exhibits 3:30-3:45 p.m.

Scientific Papers VIII: Tongue and Aerodigesive Physiology 

  •  Contextualizing Dysphagia Assessments: A Paradigm Shift in Thinking and Assessment
  • The Effectiveness of an Ecologically Valid Telerehabilitation for Neurogenic Dysphagia Assessment and Primary Management in a Resource Constrained Country
  • Sensate Versus Asensate Flap Reconstruction of the Oral Cavity with Objective Measurements of Tongue Strength and Function in a Rat Model
  • Central Versus Peripheral Contributions to Post Stroke Lingual Weakness in a Rat Model
  • Effects of Tongue Exercise Dose on Tongue Force and Bolus Flow Rate in a Rat Model
  • Effects of Superior Laryngeal Nerve Lesion and Airway Protection on Kinematics of Swallowing in an Infant Mammal Model
3:45-5:15 p.m.
Awards Reception 5:30-7:00 p.m.



Saturday, March 9: Conference Day Three
Registration 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Breakfast 7:00-10:00 a.m.
Annual Business Meeting 7:30-8:00 a.m.

Dodds Donner Lecture: The Patient With Dysphagia-In The Future, Who Will Take Ownership?

8:00-8:45 a.m.

Grand Rounds II: Evaluation of Dysphagia at the Bed-Side-An In-Depth Review of Clinico-Pathologicial Correlations and Next Steps

8:45-9:30 a.m.

Session V: Videofluroscopy Swallow Studies-Better Use and Not Abuse

  • Types of Fluoroscopy Studies and Technical Requirements for Best Studies in Adults
  • Standardized Testing and Best Interpretation of the MBS
  • Measurement of Swallow Timing and Kinematics From Videofluoroscopy
  • Real Issues with VFSS: When is it Useful? When is it Harmful? 
  • Session V Panel and Audience Discussion
9:30-11:00 a.m.

Session VI: Testing the Aerodigestive Patient in the ICU: What, When, Why, How?

  • Clinical Decision Making in Managing Complex Patients with Dysphagia
  • A Critical Look at the Aerodigestive Evaluation Strategies in the ICU Patient: What Are They? When To Do and When Not To Do?
  • Critical Appraisal of Existing and Emerging Testing Methods in the Evaluation of Dysphagic Patients
  • Evaluation of the Aerodigestive Tract in the ICU Patient: What, When, Why (or not) & How? 
  • Session IV Panel and Audience Discussion
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Closing Ceremony 12:30-1:00 p.m.







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