New Paper in Stroke

Sherman, V, Martino, R. , Bhathal, I, Deverber, G, Dlanini, N, MacGregor, D, Pulcine, L, Beal, D, Thorpe, K, Moharir, M. Swallowing, oral motor, motor speech and language impairments following acute pediatric ischemic stroke. Stroke. 2021; 52: 1309–1318. Click here for article.

New Paper in Head and Neck

Greco, E, Ringash, K, Tomlinson, G, Huang, SH, O’Sullivan, B, Waldron, J, Martino, R. Presence and duration of feeding tube in a 5-year cohort of patients with head and neck cancer treated with curative intensity-modulated radiation therapy. Head and Neck 2021; 1-11. Click here to access article.

Dr. Rosemary Martino receives renewed Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Swallowing Disorders

Dr. Martino was one of 21 recipients of new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at the University of Toronto this year. Total estimated funding for the chairs is $19 million. Dr. Martino’s Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Swallowing Disorders was first awarded in 2013 and helps to fund her research program, which focuses on understanding swallowing impairment (dysphagia) and its impact on the patient. Her aim is to conduct research that will assist clinicians in providing the best possible care to their patients and that will ultimately help reduce the burden of dysphagia for patients, their caregivers and the community.

For full details about this year’s Canada Research Chair recipients from the University of Toronto, please click here.

Dysphagia following stroke in children

Victoria Sherman, a third year doctoral student, recently published the first systematic review on dysphagia following stroke in children. This review highlighted that, although limited data is available, dysphagia commonly occurs after childhood stroke, with reported frequencies from 24.2% to 88.6%. There is very little known on dysphagia-related health outcomes and caregiver burden, and no standardized tool available to identify dysphagia early following stroke in children. This review was the first study from Victoria’s dissertation research, and she is excited to continue her studies on dysphagia in children after stroke.

Recent publication by Elissa Greco focuses on dysphagia treatment for patients with head and neck cancer

Elissa Greco (PhD student) conducted a systematic review on dysphagia treatment for patients with head and neck cancer treated with radiotherapy. Through meta-analysis, she found that behavioural dysphagia intervention is beneficial to measures of swallow function and physiology, regardless of intervention start time. This study was the first to pool data from several randomized controlled trials and observational studies to determine the overall benefit from active dysphagia intervention. This study is now published in a high impact journal (International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics).