The 2012 “Call for Abstracts” online submission is now open at www.dysphagiaresearch.org or by clicking here

The Dysphagia Research Society will hold its 20th annual meeting March 8-10, 2012, with its Post-Graduate Course entitled Stretching the Limits: Plasticity and Neural Control of Swallowing on March 7th in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at The Ritz-Carlton.  The annual meeting will include scientific oral paper sessions and a display of scientific posters.  The objective of the scientific sessions is to foster research and to promote and exchange new ideas in the area of swallowing and swallowing disorders.  The Dysphagia Research Society invites all who are interested to submit abstracts.

The deadline for abstract submissions is Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.  PLEASE NOTE: Absolutely no deadline extensions will be available for the 2012 meeting!  If you have not used the abstract submission website before, do not wait until the last minute to start this process.

Awards and Grant Opportunities

Best Overall Awards
The DRS will provide first, second and third place awards for best overall oral presentations and poster presentations.  Abstracts for oral presentation will be scored on the basis of their scientific merit.  Abstracts for poster presentation will be scored on the basis of scientific merit and/or educational content.  Society membership by an author or co-author is not required for submitting an abstract.

NEW! Poster Awards
The DRS is pleased to announce an additional award program dedicated to poster presentations for the 2012 Annual Meeting.  Certificates of recognition will be awarded to abstracts for poster presentations within three categories: Student, Post-Doctorate/Fellow and Clinician/Faculty (based upon the status of the first author).  Scientific Posters will be scored on the basis of their scientific merit and/or educational content. The selected recipients will be given the opportunity to present a brief three (3) minute presentation with a maximum of four (4) slides on Saturday, March 10, 2012.  In order to be considered for these awards you must be available to present your abstract on Saturday, March 10, 2012 and provide an electronic version of your poster presentation by Friday, January 13, 2012 to be reviewed by the Scientific Abstract Committee in advance of the meeting.  You will be notified via email the week of December 16th if your abstract is being considered for a poster award.  Only submissions accepted as poster presentations by the Scientific Committee will be considered for an award.  Society membership by an author or co-author is not required for submitting an abstract.

DRS New Investigator Awards
The Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) New Investigator Awards will be given to two eligible participants.  Applicants may reside in any country and represent any profession.  Each participant must have submitted a scientific abstract and been accepted for an oral presentation as part of the DRS Annual Meeting.  Once the participant has received notification that their presentation has been accepted, they will be notified by the review committee to submit: a) a two-page, double-spaced summary including data and b) a CV.  Two papers will be selected for oral presentation during the New Investigator’s Forum.  These investigators will receive either the first or second place DRS New Investigator Award.  First place will receive $500.00 and second place will receive $300.00.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must be presenter and first author on the abstract submission (oral format).
  2. The applicant’s submission must be accepted for oral presentation at the 2012DRS Meeting.
  3. If the applicant’s submission is accepted for oral presentation, the applicant must provide the review committee with a two-page (double-space, 1” margin) summary including data.
  4. The candidate must be within five years of his/her terminal degree.
  5. The candidate must supply a CV with his/her abstract to be considered for this award.

Additional Investigator Grants
Two grants, one sponsored by The Specialty Board on Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders Award, and one sponsored by The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, are available to qualified applicants at the DRS Annual Meeting.  Each grant will be awarded at the meeting and will be in the sum of $500.00 for innovative research.

  • The Specialty Board on Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders Award
  • The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance

NEW! The Specialty Board on Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders Award
The Specialty Board on Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders Award is given to a speech-language pathologist who presents a scientific paper at the Dysphagia Research Society meeting for topics related to swallowing function and disorders.  The $500.00 award is funded by a donation from BRS-S Board Member, Fae Boczko in memory of her mother, Sophie Ebert.

To be eligible for this award the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must be the presenter and first author on the abstract submission (oral format) presented at the 2012 DRS Annual Meeting.
  2. The research must have an adult focus (in an effort to honor the memory of Sophie Ebert).
  3. The applicant must be an ASHA member.
  4. The BRS-S designation is not required to be eligible for this award; however, such a designation will yield an advantage in total points earned.

The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance Grant
The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance Grant is open to all disciplines and is specifically targeted for swallowing research in patients with head and neck cancer.  To be eligible for this grant, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must be presenter and first author on the abstract submission (oral or poster format) presented at the 2012 DRS meeting.
  2. This must be the first DRS Annual Meeting at which the presenter/first author has presented his/her work. That is, the presenter/first author cannot have presented at a prior DRS meeting as presenter/first author. The applicant may have presented for a mentor or have been a co-author on a previous DRS presentation.
  3. The candidate must supply a CV with his/her abstract to be considered for this award.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the meeting management office at 713-965-0566 or email drs@meetingmanagers.com.
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