Faculty Speaking at the 11th ESSD Congress

Catriona M. Steele

Makoto Inoue


Professor Catriona M. Steele is a clinician scientist working in the area of swallowing and swallowing disorders.  She has a background as a medical speech-language pathologist, and is Director of the Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Laboratory (www.steeleswallowinglab.ca)


I am currently Professor of Division of Dysphagia Rehabilitation, Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences in Japan. My research interests include neural mechanisms of chew and swallow, particularly with focus on chew/swallow-related neuromuscular system and cortical and oral functional involvement to swallowing movements.

at the KITE Research Institute, the research arm of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network. Dr. Steele is a Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.

Professor Steele holds research funding from the National Institutes of Health (USA) as well as several active industry contracts. She is an associate editor for the Dysphagia journal and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Texture Studies. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (www.iddsi.org) and a current board member of the Dysphagia Research Society.

From my clinical experiences, I learned oral function significantly affects the swallowing outcomes in dysphagic patients. I would like to emphasize that good chewing can potentially compensate for impaired swallowing in patients. Based on this concept, I conduct both clinical and basic studies. My most recent work has begun characterizing ingestive behaviors in stroke and COPD model animals.

Martin Birchall

Pamela Dodrill

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Martin Birchall is a surgeon researcher at University College London and associated hospitals. He has pulled together multidisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers and clinicians to develop innovative solutions to loss of upper aerodigestive tract function, including problems with breathing, swallowing and voice.

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Dr Pamela Dodrill has worked with infants and children with feeding and swallowing disorders for two decades. Before relocating to Boston to work at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital NICU, Pamela worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia for over 10 years, during which time she managed both inpatient and outpatient feeding and swallowing caseloads. Pamela completed her PhD in the area of infant feeding disorders through the Children’s Nutrition Research Centre in Brisbane, and

The work of these teams has delivered advances in laryngeal transplantation, organ tissue engineering and the application of soft robotics to lost motor function. His h-index is 46, with over 230 scientific papers. He is an NIHR Senior Investigator and Director of the NIHR Advanced Surgical Technologies Incubator, as well as the EPSRC Soft Robotics Platform. He was the first ENT surgeon to be elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences, and was voted Briton of the Year for Science and Technology in 2008. Martin loves Liverpool Football Club, running, cinema and fringe music. He has a bemused, but lovely, wife and five children.

continues to conduct clinical research in the area of infant and childhood feeding disorders and their management.  She is an instructor at Harvard Medical School, and regularly runs specialist training workshops for other health professionals.

Yoko Inamoto

Martin B. Brodsky

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Dr. Yoko Inamoto is Professor at Fujita Health University in Japan. She is a National certified Speech-Language-Hearing Therapist and a Speech-Language-Hearing Therapist specialized in Dysphagia. Dr. Inamoto received her Bachelor’s degree (BA) in English and American studies from Nanzan University in 1999, her master degree (MSc) in health sciences from Fujita Health University in 2010, and her


Dr. Brodsky is an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He is also member of the Outcomes After Critical Illness and Surgery (OACIS) Group, a multidisciplinary clinical and research group dedicated to understanding and improving patient outcomes

doctorate (PhD) in rehabilitation medicine from Fujita Health University in 2014.

Now she is also an adjunct lecturer of Department of Medical Sciences, Shukutoku University (Aichi, Japan) and of Department of Health Sciences, Aichi Gakuin University (Aichi, Japan).

She serves several roles in the field of swallowing and communication disorders; Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation (Vice president, Board member of Governors) and Dysphagia Research Society (Committee member).

Her primary clinical and research interests include the kinematic analysis of swallowing using multi-slice computed tomography (CT) and the rehabilitation of swallowing dysfunction. Her work has been recognized with a number of awards and honors.

after critical illness and surgery at Johns Hopkins University. His peer-reviewed research publications and book chapters largely focus on swallowing and swallowing disorders and laryngeal injury after endotracheal intubation. Dr. Brodsky’s research program is funded by the National Institutes of Health, studying the effects of critical illness and critical care medicine on swallowing and the airway and their long-term outcomes. He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, an Associate Editor for Dysphagia, Section Editor for Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and serves on the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.


Dr Margaret Walshe

Margaret Walshe PhD is Associate Professor at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She was instrumental in establishing the dysphagia specialization course - M.Sc Clinical Speech and Language Studies at Trinity College Dublin in 2004. To date, she has supervised over 80 postgraduate research projects in dysphagia and evidence-based practice. Her current research is focused on the amalgamation of evidence for intervention approaches

in dysphagia associated with acquired neurodegenerative disease. She is past Board member of the European Society for Swallowing Disorders. She is involved in a number of international projects in dysphagia and is currently part of the REH-COVER group of the Cochrane Rehabilitation field.

Michael Kilgard

Dr. Michael Kilgard

Dr. Kilgard trained in biochemistry and genetics at UC Berkeley and in neuroscience at UC San Francisco. He is the Margaret Fonde Jonnson Professor and directs the Texas Biomedical Device Center. Dr. Kilgard has published more than 130 paper in peer reviewed journals, including Nature, Science, Neuron, and Stroke. Dr. Kilgard holds 25 U.S. patents. His research is focused on understanding the mechanisms

that regulate neural plasticity in order to develop clinical tools to treat neurological and psychiatric conditions using precisely targeted synaptic plasticity. Over the last decade, his lab has developed treatments for spinal cord injury, tinnitus, PTSD, and stroke that employ brief bursts of vagus nerve stimulation paired with sensory stimulation or movement to direct therapeutic plasticity. These treatments are highly effective in animal models and are now being tested in randomized clinical trials.

Sebastian Doeltgen

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Associate Professor Sebastian Doeltgen is the Course Coordinator for the Master of Speech Pathology at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. As a former NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, he heads the Swallowing Neurorehabilitation Research Laboratory at Flinders University. Sebastian is interested in the effects of exercise and experimental brain stimulation on the neural and biomechanical substrates of swallowing

as well as clinical reasoning and decision making processes engaged in during bedside swallowing assessment. Sebastian is passionate about the development, evaluation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions for use in real world rehabilitation settings. To date, he published 60+ original research articles and contributed to several invited reviews and book chapters. Sebastian is involved internationally in professional education through professional development courses and teaches neuroanatomy and dysphagia sciences to Speech Pathology students at Flinders University.

Hiroaki Hashimoto

Hiroaki Hashimoto MD, PhD is an invited researcher of Neurological Diagnosis and Restoration at Osaka University, and a staff member of Neurosurgery at Otemae Hospital.
He is a certified neurosurgeon, a certified specialist for stroke, a certified technician for stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, and a certified clinical neurophysiologist (EEG section).

He graduated from the Medical School of Okayama University in 2012, and received his PhD in the Neurosurgery Department of Osaka University in 2019. He is trained in analyses for neurophysiological oscillatory changes using EEG or MEG, and brain-machine interface technique in Osaka University. Since graduation, he continued to investigate swallowing-related neural activities using intracranial electrodes, and decode a swallowing intention using neural activities.

Rainer Dziewas


Rainer Dziewas is a Professor of Neurology and chairman of the department of neurology and neurorehabilitation, Klinikum Osnabrück, Germany, a maximum-care hospital and academic teaching hospital of the University hospital Muenster. Rainer Dziewas is a Fellow of the European Stroke Organization (ESO), board member of the European Society for Swallowing Disorders (ESSD) and vice- chairman of the German Dysphagia Society. He holds visiting professorships at the Fujita Health University,

Nagoya, Japan, the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and the Sun-Yat Sen University, Guangzhou, China. He is a member of national and international guideline-committees and author of several peer-reviewed articles, reviews and books. He has significantly contributed to the development of the German FEES-curriculum and the ESSD-FEES accreditation program. His research focusses on the central organisation of swallowing and modern approaches to the evaluation and management of dysphagia.

Sonja Suntrup-Krueger


Dr. Sonja Suntrup-Krueger is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Senior Physician at the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Münster, Germany. She is the head of the Dysphagia Research Group and the Dysphagia outpatient service in Münster and a certified FEES instructor. Besides her daily clinical work her scientific interest is in the brain control mechanisms of swallowing and neuromodulatory strategies to enhance neurogenic dysphagia rehabilitation, especially transcranial direct current

stimulation and pharyngeal electrical stimulation. She has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications and was honoured getting the „International Research Prize for Neurorehabilitation“ of the Fürst Donnersmarck-Foundation in 2018. Recently, she successfully applied for a Clinician Scientist Full Professorship in "Dysphagia and Neurostimulation" funded by the Else Kröner- Fresenius- Stiftung.

Ivy Cheng

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Ivy Cheng is a speech therapist and Post-Doctoral Research Associate working with Professor Shaheen Hamdy at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. She completed her PhD at the University of Hong Kong, with the support of the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship and the University Faculty Research Fund. Ivy’s research focuses on the neurophysiology of swallowing, the role of neuroplasticity

in swallowing recovery and the development of novel dysphagia treatments. She has special interests in neurostimulation and pharmacological interventions, and their efficacy for dysphagia in stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and elderly patients. Her prior work includes the clinical application of non- invasive brain stimulation for chronic post-stroke dysphagia. Ivy is also interested in evidence synthesis and facilitating evidence-based practice in clinical settings.



Prof Dario Manfellotto MD is an Internist and Nephrologist, , Director of Department of Internal Medicine, Fatebenefratelli Hospital, Isola Tiberina, Rome and Chief, Arterial Hypertension and Clinical Pathophysiology Centre. In addition to a full commitment to clinical activity,

he is clinical professor of Internal Medicine in the School of Obstetrician, Tor Vergata University, Rome and clinical professor of Geriatric Nephrology, Sapienza University Rome. Currently he is the National President of FADOI, Italian Federation of Hospital Internists, from 2020 to 2022 .
Author of many scientific publications on national and international journals, mainly on high blood pressure, gestational hypertension, renal diseases, hydro-electrolytic and acid-base disorders, genetics of complex disease and rare diseases (mostly on amyloidosis) , mechanisms and treatment of thrombosis , health communication and education, health care organization, biomedical research methodology.

Walmari Pilz


Walmari Pilz is a senior researcher and a PhD supervisor at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery of Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands. She also holds a position as a lecturer at the master and graduate programs in swallowing disorder of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. She completed her bachelor degree in speech language pathology in Brazil where she worked for 10 years as a clinician specialized in oral motor disorders and dysphagia.

After moving to the Netherlands, she completed her PhD on dysphagia in myotonic dystrophy at Maastricht University. Dr. Pilz performs a practice-oriented research focusing on understanding swallowing impairment and its impact on patient’s life. Her work resulted in the publication of several scientific papers in peer‐reviewed journals and presentations in international conferences and courses.

Kelly Weir


Dr Kelly Weir is an allied health research fellow (speech pathologist) whose research focuses on assessment and treatment of dysphagia (feeding and swallowing difficulty) and its interaction with growth and respiratory health in infants and children in acute care and community settings.

Athanasia Printza


Athanasia Printza is an Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology–Phoniatrics at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She is Head of the Voice and Swallowing disorders clinic and Vice President of the Hellenic Society of Phoniatrics and Swallowing Disorders. She graduated from the Medical School, received an MSc degree

in Medical Research Technology and her PhD from Aristotle University, and received an MSc degree in Speech and Swallowing Research from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Post-qualification training in England and Germany. She teaches Otorhinolaryngology, Communication Disorders, Medical Education, Oral Medicine, and Evidence-based medicine in undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She supervised many Master’s and PhD thesis, organized hands–on seminars of upper respiratory tract endoscopy, stroboscopy and swallowing examination. Research papers on swallowing, laryngopharyngeal reflux, olfaction, patient-reported outcome-measures and voice, have been published in peer-reviewed journals. Her recent research focuses on dysphagia in neurodegenerative diseases, children’s feeding, and dysphagia outcome measures.


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