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CSD research lab presented five studies at the NEALS Consortium

Dr. Emily Plowman and her lab recently presented five research studies at the Northeast Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (NEALS) Consortium in Clearwater, Florida October 3-4.  Housed within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Dr. Plowman and her lab focus on speech and swallowing dysfunction in persons with ALS.  Doctoral students Amanda Domer, Stephanie Watts and Lauren Tabor gave poster presentations and Dr. Plowman gave two platform presentations. The titles of the presentations were: 1) Communication Profiles in Individuals with ALS, 2) The Impact of Exercise on Bulbar Function in Individuals with ALS, 3) The Relationship Between Voluntary Cough Production and Swallow Safety in Individuals with ALS, 4) Disordered Voluntary Cough Profiles in Persons with ALS, and 5) The Association Between Pharyngeal Strength and Airway Safety During Swallowing.

The North East ALS Consortium is an alliance of medical institutions that are equipped to perform clinical trials in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and motor neuron diseases. The Annual NEALS Meeting provides opportunities for NEALS researchers to liaise with leading ALS and motor neuron disease scientists, government sponsors, academic partners and pharmaceutical companies in order to discuss potential treatments, to review current research activities and to share scientific updates.

For more information regarding the work of Dr. Plowman and her lab, please contact her at this address.