The Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Laboratory (SRRL) is directed by Catriona Steele and has funding from several agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Catriona Steele has been awarded $2.3 Million from the NIH to investigate Physiological Flow of Liquids Used in Dysphagia Management. Thickened liquids have become the most common intervention for dysphagia (swallowing impairment), yet we lack a clear understanding of how this intervention works to achieve clinical benefit. This study will provide information to guide clinicians in determining optimal levels of thickening to recommend for patients with dysphagia. This research is highly significant because it will establish a new foundation of understanding with respect to the influence of thickened liquids on swallowing. This is essential for advancing clinical practice and setting the stage for future treatment efficacy research.
PI: Catriona M. Steele; Co-Investigators: Mark Bayley, Anthony Burns, Douglas Chepeha, Cathy Craven, Lisa Duizer (University of Guelph), Ben Hanson (University College London), Andrew Hope, Emily Plowman (University of Florida)
There are several main foci of research in the lab:
- Nutrition and Oral Hygiene
- Tongue Function
- Treatment Studies
- Viscosity and Texture Modification
- Best Practice