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ALA-NNI dysphagia grant supports innovative Parkinsonian dysphagia study

Posted:  Monday, May 14, 2012

The ALA-Nestlé Nutrition Institute Dysphagia Research Grant has been established to promote the advancement of dysphagia intervention and education through collaborative interdisciplinary research. 

This year, the $10 000 award has been given to Dr. Cara Stepp to support her innovative research into the ‘Voluntary Control of Anterior Neck Musculature in Parkinsonian Dysphagia’. Her study was selected for its practical implications for improving rehabilitation strategies for patients with Parkinson’s disease who are at high risk of swallowing impairments.  

During her research, Dr. Stepp will characterise voluntary control of the anterior neck musculature of Parkinson’s patients with dysphagia and correlate this with their swallowing function and quality of life. Muscle control will be tested using a novel surface electromyographic (sEMG) biofeedback video game. Following her study, Dr. Stepp will submit a paper for publication in The Laryngoscope.

This award is given by the Nestlé Nutrition Institute in partnership with the American Laryngological Voice and Research Education Foundation (ALVRE), American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF), and Centralized Otolaryngology Research Effort (CORE) Study Section.