Friday 28th September 2018

Venue: AVIVA Stadium, Landsdowne Rd, Dublin 4

8:15 - 8:30

President's Welcome

Prof Pere Clave

8:30 - 9:30

Free Papers 1

9:30 - 10:30

Clinical Assessment in Dysphagia Across the Lifespan

9:30 - 9:45            New Directions in the Evaluation of Dysphagia in Paediatrics

                               Dr Kelly Weir

9:45 - 10:00          New Directions on Clinical Swallowing Examinations in Adults

                               Dr Renata Guedes

10:00 - 10:15        Neurophysiological Considerations in Swallowing Evaluation

                               Dr Emilia Michou

10:15 - 10:30        Panel Discussion and Q&A

                               Drs Kelly Weir, Renata Guedes, Emilia Michou and Michaela Trapl

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00

Free Papers 2

12:00 - 12:30

Innovations in Dysphagia Assessment

12:00 - 12:30           Dynamic Swallowing Studies

                                  Dr Yoko Inamoto

12:30 - 13:00

Poster Session

13:00 - 14:00

Industry Symposium

13:30 - 14:30


14:30 - 16:00

Free Papers 3

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 - 17:30

New Tools to Assess Swallow Function

16:30 - 16:45           Beyond Residue and Aspiration: Perspectives on the Future of

                                  Swallowing Studies

                                  Dr Bonnie Martin-Harris

16:45 - 17:00           The Future of Imaging Techniques for Swallowing Studies

                                  Dr Peter Pokieser

17:00 - 17:15           The Metrics of the Swallow Response

                                  Prof Pere Clave

17:15 - 17:30           Discussion/Q&A

                                  Drs Bonnie Martin-Harris, Peter Pokieser, Pere Clave and

                                  Prof Dermot Malone

17:30 - 18:00

Poster Session

19:30 - 23:00

Congress Dinner at the Dining Hall, Trinity College Dublin

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Saturday 29th September 2018

Venue: AVIVA Stadium, Landsdowne Rd, Dublin 4

7:45 - 8:45

Industry Symposium

8:45 - 9:00

Opening Address

Dr Kate Allatt

9:00 - 10:00

Free Papers 4

10:00 - 10:30

Shaping the Future in FEES

10:00 - 10:20                  Outcome Measures in FEES

                                         Dr Jessica Pisegna

10:20 - 10:30                  Discussion and Q&A

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00

Free Papers 5

12:00 - 12:30

Novel Approaches to Managing Aspiration

12:00 - 12:15                Laryngeal Surgery and Laryngeal Re-innervation

                                       Dr Mark Rafferty

12:15 - 12:30                Panel Discussion

12:30 - 13:00

Poster Session

13:00 - 14:00

Industry Symposium

13:30 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:30

Free Papers 6

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:30

Shaping the Future: Rehabilitation in Dysphagia

16:00 - 16:15                Potential Targets for Treatment in Patients Postextubation

                                       Dr Martin Brodsky

16:15 - 16:30                Dysphagia pre-habilitation for patients with head and neck

                                       cancer: Using behaviour change theory to optimize the

                                       pre-treatment consultation.

                                       Roganie Govender

16:30 - 16:45                Preventing Sarcopenia and Malnutrition in Older High Risk


16:45 - 17:00              ESSD Labelling of Thickening Agents for Patient Safety

                                       Prof Pere Clave

17:00 - 17:30              Discussion/Q&A

                                       Prof Pere Clave

17:30 - 18:00

Closing Ceremony and Awards

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Confirmed Speakers Include:


Kelly Weir

Dr Kelly Weir is a conjoint principal research fellow (allied health) at Griffith University & Gold Coast Health, Queensland Australia. She is a certified practicing speech pathologist with over 29 years clinical experience, predominantly in tertiary state-wide paediatric hospitals in Queensland, Australia. Kelly researches in the area of paediatric dysphagia (assessment, treatment) and speech pathology management of medically fragile infants and children in acute care settings. She lectures in paediatric dysphagia at Griffith University, and has over 55 peer reviewed journal publications. Current research projects include investigating instrumental evaluations of paediatric dysphagia, use of telehealth to support speech pathologists training in paediatric videofluoroscopy, use of cervical auscultation to detect aspiration in children, feeding infants on high flow oxygen and investigation of oropharyngeal dysphagia in children with cerebral palsy and disability. Kelly is also part of a research team investigating the impact of research fellows and use of knowledge brokering to increase research capacity in allied health professionals across Gold Coast Health. She particularly supports paediatric allied health practitioners conducting clinical research in the hospital and community settings.

Prof. Pere Clavé. MD, PhD.

Director of Academic Studies and R&D. Hospital de Mataró. Catalonia. Spain.
Associate Professor of Surgery Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB). Catalonia.
President of the European Society for Swallowing Disorders ( (2010-2015 and 2015-). Associate Editor of the journals: Dysphagia and Neurogastroenterology and Motility.

PI of the Digestive Physiology Unit Ciberehd-UAB at the Hospital de Mataró,  Catalonia. The group combines basic and clinical researchers organized around a General Hospital and the Department of Physiology at the UAB.;

In 2010 Dr Clavé became the President of the ESSD ( and was re-elected in 2015. In 2012 he chaired the 2nd Meeting of the ESSD in Barcelona attended by 489 delegates from 40 countries. In 2015 he chaired the 5th Meeting of the ESSD in Barcelona and a 3-day dysphagia course at Mataró Hospital, In 2016, he launched the Postgraduate Diploma on Swallowing Disorders with the UAB http:/ He organized the 7th ESSD meeting in Barcelona next 21-23 September and the World Dysphagia Summit jointly organized by the ESSD, JSDR and DRS to debate and seek consensus on global issues on oropharyngeal dysphagia.



Jessica Pisegna

Jessica Pisegna is an ASHA certified Speech Language Pathologist. Her clinical practice centers on rehabilitation of adult swallowing, voicing, and speech disorders in the outpatient and inpatient settings. She focuses her research on adult evaluation and treatment methodology as it relates to clinical outcomes. In 2017, Dr. Pisegna became the director for clinic and research for the Speech Language Pathology section under the Department of Otolaryngology at Boston Medical Center where she is part of an interdisciplinary team dedicated to the clinical care and research of voice and swallowing outcomes in adults. Dr. Pisegna has numerous publications and regularly contributes presentations to scientific and clinical forums.

Roganie Govender

Roganie is a consultant speech and language therapist at University College London Hospital, Head & Neck Cancer Centre. Her specialist clinical interests include the assessment and management of dysphagia in the head and neck population, as well as all aspects of laryngectomy rehabilitation. She has worked clinically in teaching hospitals in South Africa and in various parts of the UK.  She has undertaken clinical observerships at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York and the Medical University of South Carolina, USA. 


Roganie is currently completing a PhD, having successfully obtained a NIHR clinical-academic fellowship. Her current research interests include exploring the use of behaviour change strategies in optimizing clinical interventions. She has benefitted from collaborations with UCL ‘s Department of Behavioural Science & Health and Centre for Behaviour Change. Roganie has published in her field, and presented on various topics both nationally and internationally. She teaches on graduate and post-graduate SLT training courses in the UK and abroad. She is a member of a number of RCSLT and other professional working groups, contributing to guidance and policy documents for the profession.


Caoileann Murphy

Caoileann initially trained as a Dietitian in Trinity College Dublin/Dublin Institute of Technology. After completing an MSc in Sport Nutrition in Loughborough University, Caoileann undertook a PhD in McMaster University, Canada. Caoileann’s PhD research focused on nutritional strategies, alone and in combination with exercise, for the prevention and management of sarcopenia and sarcopenic obesity.


Caoileann now works as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Nutrigenomics Research Group in University College Dublin where she continues her research is in the area of nutrition and sarcopenia, but now with a greater emphasis on personalised approaches to effective management. Caoileann is a recipient of a TOPMed10 Marie Curie Fellowship, the ESPEN Fellowship 2017, INDI Research Dietitian of the Year 2018 and the BNF Drummond Early Career Scientist Award 2018.

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Renée Speyer

Renée Speyer was appointed as Professor at the University of Oslo (UiO, Norway) in 2017.  After graduating as a speech pathologist, she earned master degrees in Speech and Language Pathology, Health Professions Education, and Epidemiology.


Currently, she is undertaking research projects both nationally and internationally involving clinimetrics, instrument development, and developing evidenced based interventions in allied health. As an epidemiologist, she has a strong interest in evaluating the validity and reliability of assessments and testing the efficacy of interventions. Renée Speyer is a frequently invited speaker at international conferences and published over 80 scientific internationally peer-reviewed articles.


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Renata Guedes

Dr. Guedes, Ph.D., SLP, obtained her Speech Language Pathology degree at “Universidade de Ciências da Saúde de Alagoas” – Brazil in 2005 and further specialized in working with communication and swallowing disorders on head and neck cancer patients at A.C. Camargo Cancer Center in Brazil (2007). She was granted a Master’s degree at A.C. Camargo Cancer Center (2010) and completed her Ph.D. study on brain function through fMRI related to swallowing on glossectomy patients in collaboration with “Universidade de São Paulo” (USP) in 2016.

In 2016/2017 Dr. Guedes deepened her knowledge on normal swallowing with her postdoctoral research, under Dr. Ianessa Humbert at the Swallowing Systems Core Laboratory, University of Florida, where she remains a collaborator.

Dr. Guedes is currently part of the Speech Language Pathology Department at FMU University in Sao Paulo as an assistant professor, working with adults with swallowing and communication disorders and is a Fellow of the Brazilian Speech-Language-Hearing Society, a member of the Dysphagia Research Society and a frequent reviewer for scientific journals.


Emilia Michou

Dr Emilia Michou is currently an elected Assistant Professor in Communication Disorders and Dysphagia at TEI Western Greece and an Honorary Lecturer at the Centre for Gastrointestinal Sciences within the School of Medical Sciences, University of Manchester. In the recent years she received personal awards (Hellenic State Scholarships’ Foundation, Stepping stones award Fellowship for postdoctoral years) and funding from a number of sources including Parkinson’s UK, NIHR etc. Alongside with research, she teaches and supervises graduates and postgraduates in the field of deglutition and its disorders, and continues to practice as a speech and language therapist. Her work is focused on the underlying mechanisms of plasticity and compensation for swallowing difficulties in stroke and neurodegenerative disease models by combining various neuroimaging (i.e. fMRI, MRS, NIRS), neurostimulation (TMS) techniques and different physiological measurements. The current mainstream of work also focuses on treatment solutions employing Neurostimulation, training and compensatory approaches for dysphagia.


Kate Allatt


Dr Kate Allatt (D Litt) thinks differently and astonishingly recovered from Locked In Syndrome in 2010 at the age of 39. She herself suffered very severe dysphagia.  Within three months of leaving hospital she founded her charity – Fighting Strokes – and has become a respected voluntary global activist for strangers across all social media and in her patient visits.  She was the winner of Extraordinary Woman 2011.


Kate prides herself in not working in a silo but across all disciplines from OT’s to speech and language therapists, to physiotherapists, to GP’s, to private corporations – banking, insurance, sales and travel.


She is an internationally published authorTEDx speakerESCAPS research pioneer and global inspirational speaker.  Last year, she rewarded for her tireless work and contribution to stroke recovery with the highest award Honorary Doctorate award from Sheffield Hallam University in 2010 and is an active tram player in Health and Wellbeing.  She is also working on developing ICU communication research with The University of Sheffield and Barnsley NHS to make communication the 5th vital sign in ICU.

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Peter Pokieser

Peter Pokieser, MD was born in 1960 in Vienna, Austria. He attended the Medical University of Vienna and obtained his medical degree in 1986. Later, in 1992, Dr. Pokieser was approved as a full radiologist. Since 1997, he is Associate Professor of Radiology at the Medical University of Vienna. He currently serves as Head of the Department of Radiology at the Sanatorium Hera in Vienna, Head of the Department of Radiology “Roentgen Waehring”, and Head of the “Unified Patient Program” of the Department for Medical Education of the Medical University of Vienna. Since 2017 he is visiting professor for deglutology at the University of Leuven, Since 1989, he leads the Austrian working group for the clinical application and research of videofluoroscopy of deglutition at the Medical University of Vienna. His research foci include interventional research on image guided parenchymal biopsies and intraoperative ultrasound of the liver and pancreas, large group elearning, and development of the “Unified Patient System” for multimedia-structured clinical case discussions. Dr. Pokieser is also active in international societies, where he serves as a Board member of the European Society for Swallowing Disorders, Treasurer of OESO, the World Society for Specialized Studies on Diseases of the Esophagus, Vice President of OESO Foundation in collaboration with the UNESCO “Chair for Digital Continuing Medical Education and Capacity Building” at the University of Geneva. He is also Member of OERG, DRG, ESR (the Austrian, German and European Societies of Radiology, respectively).

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Yoko Inamoto

Dr. Yoko Inamoto is Associate 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 PhD in Rehabilitation Medicine (Swallowing) from Fujita Health University, Toyoake, Aichi, Japan. Her primary 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 honours.

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