Hands-on course on oropharyngeal dysphagia: Preliminary programme

Screening, assessment and new neurorehabilitation treatments   Mataró Hospital, Mon 28- Wed 30 September 2015  

Day 1: Diagnosis

  • Clinical screening, EAT 10, SSQ, MASA
  • Clinical assessment, VVST, water swallow,
  • Instrumental assessment FEES, VFS, manometry, US,
  • Designing a research study

Day 2: Compensatory techniques and physical therapy

  • Adaptation for fluids: thickeners
  • Texture adaptation of solids
  • Nutritional adaptation
  • Feeding tools (oral vs non oral)
  • Postures and manoeuvres
  • Tongue strength devices
  • Designing a research study (cont.)

Day 3: Neurorehabilitation strategies

  • Intrapharyngeal elec stim
  • Transcutaneous elec stim
  • Repetitive transcranial magnetic stim
  • Transcranial direct current stim
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Abstracts, oral presentations and posters


Target participants: early career dysphagia professionals, preference given to congress participants, maximum 80 participants.


With the collaboration of the Consorci Sanitari del Maresme

Precongress course: Preliminary programme

New!! Programme Link


New approaches to neurogenic dysphagia 

Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, Barcelona, Thurs 1 October 2015      New diagnostic/assessment tools 
  •  High speed CT scan, Yoko Inamoto, Japan 
  •  Electromyography, Domenico Restivo, Italy
  •  Ultrasonography, Maggie-Lee Huckabee, New Zealand 
  •  Sensory and motor evoked potentials Laia Rofes, Spain and Emilia Michou, UK
  •  Magnetocephalography, Rainer Dziewas, Germany
  •  Functional magnetic resonance studies FMRI, Georgia Malandraki, USA

New treatments and research 

  • Transcutaneous electrical stimulation, to be confirmed
  • Intrapharyngeal electrical stimulation, Satish Mistry, UK
  • Transcranial direct current stimulation, Ichiro Fujishima, Japan
  • RTMES, Jin Woo Park, Korea
  • Paired associative stimulation, Emilia Michou, UK
  • Mechanical/physical oropharyngeal stimulation, Ruth Martin, Canada



  • Biomechanical effects on swallow physiology, Pere Clavé, Spain
  • Noninvasive brain stimulation in post-stroke OD, Sandeep Kumar, USA
  • Brain plasticity, Ianessa Humbert, USA
  • The need for evidence, Regulatory body, to be confirmed


Round table discussion: Translation to Clinical Practice

Chairs: Pere Clavé and Maggie-Lee Huckabee

Panel Members: I Fujishima, S Hamdy, I Humbert, Regulatory body







5th ESSD Congress 2015: Preliminary programme

New!! Programme Link



Swallowing disorders: from compensation to recovery 

Palau de congressos de Catalunya, Barcelona Fri 2 - Sat 3 October, 2015




The congress programme posted below includes oral and poster sessions of the best abstracts submitted to the congress. Abstract submission is from 1 February to 15 May. Abstracts are reviewed blind by at least 3 members of the scientific committee which includes the ESSD board and invited experts from around the world. 

Awards will be given to the best abstract with oral presentation, the best abstract with poster presentation and the best first abstract presented at an ESSD congress. See Awards