Center Mentees Win Big at DRS Awards

Mentees of Center member Dr. Karen Hegland and Center Clinical Research Director Dr. Emily Plowman received numerous awards at the 2020 Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting Webinar Series. Despite the in-person meeting being canceled due to COVID-19, we are proud of these young researchers’ accomplishments! We would like to congratulate:

  1. Nicole Herndon, MS, CCC-SLP, mentored by Dr. Karen Hegland. Ms. Herndon won the CSDRG Logemann Travel Grant for her study, Oropharyngeal Swallowing Safety and Efficiency Profiles in Parkinsonism: A Retrospective Analysis. This travel grant honors the career and memory of Dr. Jerilyn Logemann, a pioneer in research related to dysphagia, by seeking applications from junior investigators (students or investigators within 5 years of their terminal degree) who plan to further the evidence-base of the profession.
  2. Lauren Tabor-Gray, PhD, CC-SLP, mentored by Dr. Emily Plowman. Dr. Tabor-Gray won the Steven B. Leder Award for her oral presentation, Concordant Validity of of a Digital Expiratory Flow Meter to Assess Voluntary cough Strength In ALS. This award, named in honor of Steve Leder, a prolific evidence-based clinical researcher, a dedicated clinician, and past-president of the DRS, highlights clinically relevant research.
  3. Justine Allen, CCC-SLP, mentored by Dr. Emily Plowman. Ms. Allen won the Springer Publishing Junior Investigator Travel Grant. This grant provides support for junior presenters to attend and present at the Annual DRS Meeting. Ms. Allen also won First Place for her Scientific Research Poster, Utility of the 3 oz Water Swallow Test to Detect Aspiration in Cardiac Surgical Patients.