Funded Research

The National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders is dedicated to the advancement of prevention and treatment of swallowing disorders, recognizing that promoting research is one of the best ways to do this. The NFOSD helps to fund innovative research initiatives, including an adult human tongue stem cell infusion clinical trial.

Dr. Peter Belafsky, NFOSD Medical Director and world renown clinician and research at UC-Davis, has led an initiative to develop a clinical trial where they would infuse adult human stem cells into the tongues of a small set of swallowing impaired patients.  The NFOSD has helped raise funds for this initiative.  Below are articles with updates as this story progresses:

Stem cell initiative imageBreaking News – UC Davis (UCD) Launches Human Tongue Stem Cell Initiative 


Stem cell lab_tour 2013Real Science; Real Hope! Adult Stem Cell Human Tongue Infusion Initiative (Update)


Cover image v2Real Science; Real Hope! Adult Stem Cell Human Tongue Infusion Initiative Moves into the Lab (Update 2)


The NFOSD is proud to offer the $2500 Michael Donovan Memorial Award annually at the Dysphagia Research Society conference to the presenter who submits the most innovative and beneficial patient-oriented research during the DRS conference.

In Fall 2014, The NFOSD awarded a $500 grant to the Society of Neuroscience to host a meeting in Washington, D.C.

The NFOSD awarded a $500 grant to Drs. Ianessa Humbert and Emily Plowman to host a course in September 2015 titled: Critical Thinking in Dysphagia Management: Blazing a New Clinical Trail.