University of Florida researchers with the Swallowing Research Laboratory and the Upper Airway Dysfunction Laboratory took top honors at the Dysphagia Research Society annual meeting held March 6-8 in Nashville, Tenn. UF faculty and students received five awards, which represents one-third of the total number of awards presented at the meeting.
“UF was very visible at this meeting both at the podium and in the poster hall, and at the awards ceremony,” said Michael Crary, Ph.D., director of the UF Swallowing Research Laboratory and a professor in the department of speech, language, and hearing sciences. “I am extremely proud of our students and younger faculty.”
The Dysphagia Research Society meeting is the primary scientific vehicle for disseminating clinical and basic research in swallowing and swallowing disorders around the world. The meeting brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology, neurology, pediatrics, gerontology, nursing, speech pathology and public health. More than 400 participants attended this year’s meeting.
UF faculty members and graduate students gave 11 oral and poster presentations at the meeting, and received the following awards:
Ali Barikroo, a doctoral student in the department of speech, language, and hearing sciences, received the 2014 Springer Publishing Travel Scholarship.
Alexandra Brandimore, a doctoral student in the department of speech, language, and hearing sciences, received the first place poster award.
Giselle Carnaby, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of behavioral science and community health and co-director of the Swallowing Research Laboratory, received the third place oral presentation award.
Aarthi Madhavan, a doctoral student in the department of speech, language, and hearing sciences, received the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance 2014 New Investigator Award.
Michelle Troche, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of speech, language, and hearing sciences and director of the Upper Airway Dysfunction Laboratory, received the third place poster award.