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AB-SSD DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH AWARD IN DYSPHAGIA
The AB-SSD Distinguished Research Award in Dysphagia is given to a speech-language pathologist who presents a scientific paper at the Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting for topics related to swallowing function and disorders.

2020 - Asako Kaneoka, PhD, The University of Tokyo Hospital Rehabilitation Center - Longitudinal videofluoroscopic evaluation of swallowing with MBSImPTM in patients undergoing esophagectomy for esophageal cancer
2019 - James Curtis, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S,Teachers College, Columbia University -  Effects of Verbal Cueing and Bolus Holding on Respiratory Swallow Coordination in Parkinson's Disease.
2018 - Bonnie Martin Harris, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCSS, School of Communication, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois -  VFSS Measurement Tool for Swallowing Impairment in BottleFed Babies (BaByVFSSImp): Establishing a Standard

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LARENCE T. SASAKI M.D. AWARD
Clarence T. Sasaki MD, The Charles W. Ohse Professor of Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine, has had a long-standing interest and experience in physiological research of the larynx serving as Director of The Yale Larynx Laboratory since 1973. The Sasaki award is given to an M.D. or M.D. candidate who presents a scientific paper or poster at the Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting on topics related to swallow function and disorders.

2020 - Bina Tariq, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, Limburg -   Is it safe to use methylene blue during FEES? A systematic review
2019 - Shaina Lynch, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin -  Swallowing Against Laryngeal Restriction (SALR) Exercise Technique Significantly Increases the Duration of UES Opening in both Healthy Elderly and Dysphagic Patients

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CSDRG LOGEMANN TRAVEL GRANT
Dr. Jerilyn "Jeri" Logemann was a pioneer in research related to dysphagia. In 1996 she founded the Communication Sciences and Disorders Clinical Trials Research Group (CSDRG). The goal of CSDRG is to advance the scientifically-based assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders. This award honors her career and memory by seeking applications from students who are conducting research to further the evidence-base of the profession.

2020 - Nicole Herndon, MS, CCC-SLP, University of Florida Health Rehab Center, Gainesville, Florida - Oropharyngeal Swallowing Safety and Efficiency Profiles in Parkinsonism: A Retrospective  Analysis.
2020 - Isuru Dharmarathna, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand - 
Profiling swallowing in infants with feeding difficulties through objective video-fluoroscopic  measures
2019 - Danielle Stone, University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia -  Mechanisms of Perceived Swallow Change Post Whiplash: Potential for a Muscle Tension
2018 - Brittany Krekeler, M.S., University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI -  Patient Adherence, Tongue Force Generative Capacity, and Swallowing Outcomes

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GOLD MEDALIST
The Gold Medal is to be awarded in recognition of unusually distinguished service and/or contributions to the Dysphagia Research Society over a sustained period of time.

2020 - Clarence Sasaki, MD
2019 -
Jeffrey Palmer, MD
2018
- Art Miller, PhD

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HEAD AND NECK CANCER ALLIANCE AWARDS
This award is open to all disciplines and is specifically targeted for swallowing research in patients with head and neck cancer. An award will be presented to BOTH an oral presenter and a poster presenter.

Oral Presentations

2020 - Heather Starmer, Stanford Cancer Center - Stanford, CA - Adaptation of Dynamic Imaging Grade of Swallowing toxicity (DIGEST) for Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing: DIGEST-FEES
2019 - 
Jared Cullen, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin - Sensate Versus Asensate Flap Reconstruction of the Oral Cavity with Objective Measurements of Tongue Strength and Function in a Rat Model
2018 - Claire Jeans, Calvary Mater Hospital Newcastle, Australia - Understanding the Impact of Head and Neck Lymphedema on Swallow Function: Insights from Patients Experiences

Poster Presentations

2020 - Laurelie Wishart, The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia - Association between objective ratings of swallowing and dysphagia-specific quality of life in patients receiving (chemo) radiotherapy for oropharyngeal cancer
2019 - 
Carly Barbon, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto, Ontario - Changes in Swallow Safety and Efficiency After Radiation in Patients with Oropharyngeal Carcinoma
2018 - Barbara Messing, - GBMC, The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Center, Baltmore, Maryland Nature and Prevalence of Dysgeusia During and Post Head and Neck Cancer Management and its Impact on Oral Intake

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DODDS-DONNER LECTURE
Dodds-Donner Lecture occurs yearly at the Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting in honor

of Drs. Martin W. Donner and Wylie J. Dodds.

2020 - No lecture, virtual meeting
2019 -
Joel Richter, MD - The Patient with Dysphagia: In the Future, Who Will Take Ownership?
2018
- Joan C. Arvedson, PhD, CCC-SLP - Infants & Children with Dysphagia: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Know?

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DRS NEW INVESTIGATOR AWARDS
The Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) New Investigator Awards are given to two eligible participants. Applicants may reside in any country and represent any profession. Each participant must have submitted a scientific abstract and been accepted for an oral presentation as part of the DRS Annual Meeting. Once the participants receive notification that their presentations have been accepted, they will be notified by the review committee to submit: a) a two-page, double-spaced summary including data, and b) a CV. Two papers will be selected for oral presentation during the New Investigators’ Forum

FIRST PLACE

2020 - James Curtis, Columbia University, New York - Respiratory-Swallow Coordination in Parkinson's Disease: Comparing held and Non-Held Bolus Swallows
2019 - Mstayka Schar,Flinders Medical Centre, Australia -  Association Between Disordered Swallowing and Duration of Oral Endotrachael Intubation in Critically Ill Patients: A High-Resolution Pharyngeal Manometry Study
2018  - Courtney Orsbon, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois - The Biomechanics of Tongue Base Retraction: Evidence for a Hyolingual Hydraulic Linkage

SECOND PLACE

2020 - Heidi Kletzien, Harvard University, Cambridge - Tongue Exercise Improves the Regenerative Capacity of Aged Tongue Muscle Stem Cells
2019 - 
Rachel Mulheren,PhD, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio - The Effect of Attention on Swallowing in Healthy Individuals: An Exploratory Study
2018
 - Miranda Cullins, PhD, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Wisconsin - Reduced tongue force and altered muscle fiber type composition in a rat model of post stroke dysphagia

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JUSTINE J. SHEPPARD DYSPHAGIA in IDD AWARD
Dr. Justine Joan Sheppard was an internationally renowned clinician, academic, and clinical researcher who devoted her life to working with and for individuals with intellectual and developmental disability and cerebral palsy.  This award honors her career and memory by seeking applications from investigators (at all levels) who are conducting research to further advance our understanding of dysphagia in individuals with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) across the age span

2020 - Isuru Dharmarathna, The University of Auckland, New Zealand - Profiling swallowing infants with feeding difficulties through objective video-fluoroscopic measures
2019 - Nobukaza Tanaka, Division of Oral and Facial Disorders, Osaka University Dental Hospital, Japan - Relationships Between Swallowing Frequency and Swallowing Function in Cerebral Palsy Patients with Severe Intellectual and Physical Disabilities

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NATIONAL FOUNDATION OF SWALLOWING DISORDERS AWARD
The National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders (NFOSD) Award is open to all disciplines and is specifically targeted to revolutionary translational research with the greatest likelihood of directly benefiting the patient/caregiver.

2020 - Gabriela Constantinescu, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta - Objective Adherence Measures to Swallowing Therapy in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Using a Mobile Health System: A Clinical Feasibility Trial
2019 - 
Barbara Messing, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center, Johns Hopkins Voice Center, Baltimore, MD - Hyposalivation and Xerostomia Post Head and Neck Cancer: Changes and Impact on Eating Over Time
2018 - Clare Burns, BspPath, PhD, Royal Brisbane and Women's HospitalBrisbane, Queensland, Australia - Telepractice for Dysphagia Services

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SCIENTIFIC ABSTRACT ORAL PRESENTATION WINNERS
The annual meeting includes scientific paper sessions throughout the course of the meeting.  Typically the DRS provides first, second and third place award certificates for best overall oral presentations

FIRST PLACE

2020 - James Borders, Columbia University, New York, New York - Immediate Effects of Sensorimotor Training in Airway Protection (smTAP) on Cough Outcomes in Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
2019 -
Emily Plowman, PhD, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida - Internal Validation of the Physiologic Risk Index for Swallowing Impairment (PRISM)
2018
- Sarah Perry, PhD, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York - Attentional Resource Allocation and Cough Reflex Sensitivity in Healthy Young Individuals
 

SECOND PLACE

2020 - Samantha Shune, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon - The influence of dyadic incongruence on dysphagia-related burden among spousal caregivers of stroke survivors. 
2019 - Lauren Madhoun, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio - Relationships Between Maternal Stress Indices and Feeding and Growth in Infants with and without Cleft Lip and/or Palate
2018 - Karen Hegland, PhD, CCC-SLP, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida - Relationship Between Reflex Cough and Swallow Timing in Parkinson's Disease  

THIRD PLACE

2020 - Kailey Vitale, Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts - Development of a Risk Stratification Tool to Predict High-Risk Nonadherence to Device-Facilitated Dysphagia Rehabilitation. 
2019 - Heather Pyke, Nazareth College, Rochester, New York - Parents' Experiences of Feeding, Swallowing, and Nutrition in Children Receiving Palliative Care
2018
-Stevie Marvin, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Wisconsin - Pharyngeal versus esophageal stasis: Accuracy of localization

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SCIENTIFIC ABSTRACT POSTER WINNERS
The annual meeting includes scientific poster presentations.  Typically the DRS provides first, second and third place award certificates for best overall poster presentations

FIRST PLACE

2020 - Justine Allen, University of Florida - Utility of the 3-Ounce Water Swallow Test to Detect Aspiration in Cardiac Surgical Patients
2019 -
Madeline Raatz, BS, University of Queensland, Brisbane - Developing System Requirements for Pediatric Feeding Assessments via Telepractice
2018 - Raele Robison, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida - An Examination of Lingual Physiologic Reserve in Individuals with ALS

SECOND PLACE

2020 - Renata Mancopes, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - A comparison of swallowing physiology in adults with stable COPD and healthy adults
2019 -
Laura Pitts, PhD, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa - Navigated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Evoke Lingual Pressure in Stroke Survivors and Controls
2018 - Ashwini, Namasivayam‐MacDonald, Adelphi University, Brooklyn, New York - The Burden of Dysphagia on Family Caregivers of the Elderly: A Systematic Review 

THIRD PLACE

2020 - Jennifer Barker, University Health Network - Identifying Post Extubation Dysphagia: Development of an Evidence Based Screening Algorithm
2019
- Ting-fen Lin, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon - Eating-Related Difficulties in Individuals with COPD
2018 - Lori Lind , University of Missouri, Columbia, MO - Intralingual Cholera Toxin BSaporin (CTBSAP) Injections Mimic Aspects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Related to Dysphagia
 

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SPONSOR-A-STUDENT RECIPIENTS

The Sponsor-A-Student Program allows the members of the public, DRS members and the DRS Community to make donations to support student scholarships to attend the DRS Annual Meeting.

2020
Ting-fen Lin, University of Oregon, Oregon

2019
James Curtis, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
Jessica Forbes, Howard University, Maryland

 



SPRINGER PUBLISHING TRAVEL GRANT
The Springer Publishing Travel Scholarship is designed to provide support  junior, international and out of field presenters to attend the upcoming DRS Annual Meeting and Post-Graduate Course. One travel scholarship will be awarded per category

USA/Canada:

2020 - James Borders, Columbia University, New York - Immediate effects of sensorimotor training in airway protection (smTAP) on cough outcomes in progressive supranuclear palsy
2020
- Justine Allen, University of Florida, Florida - Utility of the 3-Ounce Water Swallow Test to Detect Aspiration in Cardiac Surgical Patients

Outside of USA/Canada:

2020 - Amy Freeman-Sanderson, University of Technology - Sydney, Australia - A profile of patients with dysphagia following sepsis: new prevalence data
2020
- Blanca Rojo, University of Auckland, New Zealand - Oral Health Programs for Adults with Disabilities: An Intervention Study

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STEVEN B. LEDER AWARD
The Steven B. Leder Award was created by the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) to highlight clinically relevant research. This award honors Steve Leder, a prolific evidence-based clinical researcher, a dedicated clinician, and past-president of the DRS. This award is made possible through contributions to the DRS Research and Education Fund.

2020 - Lauren Tabor-Gray, Holy Cross Memorial Hospital, Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute, Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Concordant Validity of Digital Peak Cough Flow Meter to Assess Voluntary cough Strength in Individuals with ALS
2019 -
Barbara Messing, Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center, Johns Hopkins Voice Center, Baltimore, Maryland - Establishing a Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Clinical Pathway: An Implementation Evaluation and Audit of Dysphagia-Related Services and Outcomes
2018 - Roganie Govender, University College London Hospital - Patient Experiences of Swallowing Exercises After Head and Neck Cancer

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SUMIKO OKADA FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS
The Sumiko Okada International Fellowship Fund is a research grant honoring Sumiko Okada, a Japanese speech pathologist, who contributed to the field of dysphagia with her publications and yearly presentations and posters at DRS Annual Meetings.

2020 
Samantha Shune, University of Oregon, Oregon
Alicia Vose, University of Florida, Florida

2019 
Marie Jardine, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Sonja Molfenter, New York University, New York

2018
Heidi Kletzien, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Janina Wilmskoetter, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina

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