SSC Year In Review – 2016

The SSC team had a whirlwind 2016, from seasoned members conducting and presenting research at a variety of venues to fresh faces joining the tribe. Here, please enjoy a little stroll down memory lane as we revisit some of the milestones and way posts that contributed to our success this past year and guide our path as we march confidently and curiously into 2017. Thank you for joining us on this journey. We hope you continue to support and encourage our efforts. Fearless Leaders   Dr. Ianessa Humbert and Dr. Emily Plowman congregated with clinicians from Gainesv...

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DtH Ep. 7 – What’s the Deal with E-Stim?

So, what's the deal with e-stim? A question that is often asked. In this episode of Down the Hatch (the podcast about swallowing), doctoral student and SLP Alicia Vose and Associate Professor and mentor Ianessa Humbert re-unite after a brief hiatus to take up a controversial topic in dysphagia management -- electrical stimulation. We think this topic is in keeping with the climate of 2017 in the United States of America, don't you?

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SSC Hosts First Ever International Swallowing Think Tank

Drs. Ianessa Humbert and Emily Plowman hosted sixteen swallowing experts from around the world this past December for the first ever Swallowing Think Tank. Experts discussed hot issues of the swallowing world, spanning research to clinical applications and posing important questions in the field. The two-day experience culminated with an expert interdisciplinary panel to ensure the progress of the Think Tank extends beyond the swamp. Media coverage here: http://gainesvillescene.com/2017/01/30/science-behind-swallowing/  

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DtH Podcast Ep. 6 – Dysphagia Grand Rounds

The researcher-clinician divide in dysphagia management is real. In this installment of DOWN THE HATCH (the swallowing podcast), clinician SLP Rinki Varindani Desai M.A., CCC-SLP and researcher Ianessa Humbert, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP (host of Down the Hatch) candidly discuss the problems and possible causes of the researcher-clinician divide among professionals involved in dysphagia management. As a solution to this divide, and in response to overwhelming clinician demand for a relatable and clinically relevant way to learn to read the research literature, Rinki and I introduce ...

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DtH Podcast Ep. 5 – Swallowing Disorders in Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's Disease (PD) can lead to swallowing disorders (dysphagia). Swallowing disorders in PD can be serious because it can lead to aspiration pneumonia, which is one of the most common causes of death in PD. In response to a special request by the National Parkinson Foundation (www.parkinson.org), this installment of Down the Hatch (The Swallowing Podcast) focuses on swallowing impairments in PD. Special guest experts Karen Wheeler-Hegland, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Emily Plowman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP discuss issues related to swallowing disorders in PD for patients, care-gi...

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Student Spotlight: Lauren Tabor, Rehabilitation Science PhD Student

Lauren Tabor a second year doctoral student in the Swallowing System’s Core working with Dr. Emily Plowman was recently featured in the University of Florida student spotlight! Check it out at: http://rehabsci.phhp.ufl.edu/2016/08/23/lauren-tabor/    

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Lab Members Present at the Center for Neurogenetics Community Focus Symposium

Dr. Emily Plowman was an invited faculty speaker at the Center for Neurogenetics first annual Community Focus Symposium at the University of Florida Cancer Genetics Research Complex on July 22nd.  This symposium is designed to provide patients and families with updates on treatments for a variety of neurologic genetic diseases.  Dr. Plowman’s talk, titled “Just Do It” impact of Exercise on Swallowing Function in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis” provided an overview of recent updates and research performed in her laboratory.  Second year doctoral student Raele ...

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Dr. Plowman Gives Neurology Grand Rounds at The University of Minnesota

Dr. Emily Plowman was an invited speaker at The University of Minnesota where she gave Neurology Grand Rounds on updates in the evaluation and management of respiratory and bulbar dysfunction in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) on July 15th.   During her visit to the University of Minnesota, Dr. Plowman  also provided a workshop to the clinical team in the specialized ALS multi-disciplinary clinic that included U.M  neurologists, ENT’s, speech-language pathologies,  respiratory therapists, and nursing staff.

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DtH Podcast Ep. 4 – Advocacy in Dysphagia Management: A Neurologist’s Perspective (Guest: Dr. Michael Okun)

Physicians play a critical role in dysphagia management, even though swallowing may not have been included in their medical training. This installment of Down the Hatch features a conversation with Dr. Michael Okun, Department Chair of Neurology and Co-Director of the Movement Disorders Center of the University of Florida. We discuss the lack of training across medical disciplines in dysphagia as well as suggestions for how swallowing clinicians and researchers can advocate for improvements in dysphagia management. Get up! Stand up!

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Promoting Swallowing Awareness at Annual Stroke Fair

May is National Stroke Awareness Month! UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital hosted their 5th annual stroke fair for stroke survivors and their families to learn more about stroke, from prevention to rehabilitation. Swallowing Systems Core represented, educating patients and families on dysphagia and how to get involved in ongoing research efforts to improve the lives of adults who have swallowing impairments.

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