Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Lab

Professor Steele has a longstanding collaboration with Professor Tom Chau from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab (www.prismlab.org) to develop and evaluate a new, noninvasive device for detecting swallowing problems at the bedside. This device, which involves the measurement of vibrations on the skin of the neck during swallowing (swallowing accelerometry), has undergone extensive testing over the past 7 years.

Most recently, a swallowing classification algorithm for determining whether someone’s swallow is safe or not was tested against concurrent videofluoroscopy, and it showed promise for making the correct determination. Further testing of the device and the algorithm are the focus of an industry-sponsored trial that Professor Steele is leading at hospitals across the United States.