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New Webinar! Electrical Stimulation in Dysphagia Treatment

The National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders, with support from Cook Medical, is proud to present the second series of patient-centered webinars on the latest research and information on swallowing disorders. Experts in the field of swallowing disorders will present information on topics such as esophageal dilation, lymphedema, tracheotomies, and more! If you are a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) or know someone with a swallowing disorder, please share this web page with them.

Webinar # 7:

Surface (NMES) & Pharyngeal (PES) Electrical Stimulation in Dysphagia Treatment

Satish Mistry & Yorick Wijting

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Date:  Wednesday, September 14, 2016 

Times: 11:00 AM EDT (10:00 AM CDT, 9:00 AM MDT, 8:00 AM PDT), 4:00 PM British Summer Time

Note: This will be the NFOSD’s first webinar involving international presenters.  As such, the start time of the webinar has been modified. If you need assistance to determine the start time of the webinar in your area, please visit: or email us with your city/state/country.

Presentation Description: This webinar will review and contrast two approaches to the use of electrical stimulation in the treatment of dysphagia: stimulating sensory and motor neurons through surface electrodes (NMES) versus stimulating them through intraluminal electrodes in the pharynx (PES). The pros and cons of each approach will be discussed and supporting evidence will be presented.

Presenters: Satish Mistry, Clinical Research Project Manager Phagenesis, is a Clinical Research Project Manager satishfor Phagenesis Limited and an Honorary Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the University of Manchester interested in the central neural control and modulation of swallowing in people. For over a decade, he and his colleagues have worked directly with dysphagic stroke patients and healthy volunteers to better understand the processes involved in normal and abnormal swallowing with the aim of developing novel rehabilitative strategies for future therapeutic benefits. His academic work with the University of Manchester with Professor Shaheen Hamdy has been, and continues to be, published in well respected peer reviewed international scientific journals of interest for dysphagia, stroke, neurophysiology and neurorehabilitation. His work in the medical device industry with Phagenesis Limited and the Phagenyx system, on the other hand, is helping to translate these observations from the academic research world into practical, easy to use, clinical evidence-based tools for the treatment of neurogenic dysphagia by Speech and Language Therapists and other trained healthcare professionals.


yorickYorick Wijting, Senior Director Clinical Education, DJO Global/VitalStim, is a Physical Therapist trained in the Netherlands and in the USA. He has extensive training and practical experience in biophysical agents, and teaches nationally and internationally to medical professionals on their therapeutic use. Yorick has been instrumental in developing the use of surface electrical stimulation (VitalStim) by Speech Language Pathologists in the treatment of dysphagia. Yorick currently lives in California and works for DJO Global as the Sr. Director of Clinical Education. In this role he facilitates research initiatives, educational programs and the development of new rehabilitation methodologies and applications.


Duration: About 45-60 minute presentation & up to 30 minutes of Q&A from participants

Cost: 2016 Members = Free! Click here to open our 2016 membership page and read about our membership benefits.

Cost: Non-members, pleases visit our FAQ page

The NFOSD is a 501(c)(3) organization with an all-volunteer Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board. All donations, including membership fees, are tax deductible. Benefits of an annual membership include our “Swallowing Disorders can Affect Anyone” tri-fold brochure (including free mailing in the US), a discount on participation in our patient-oriented dysphagia webinars, access to our Medical Advisory and select Foundation board members on an as-needed basis, and inclusion of your NFOSD support on your resume or CV.

Fee Disclaimer:  Fees must be paid online through the secure Network for Good DonateNow system. You can use a PayPal account or a credit card. The fee will be refunded if you end up with a poor Internet connection to the Webinar; it will not be refunded if for some reason your plans change and you could not attend. If you cannot afford the fee and think that the webinar would be beneficial, please email for a fee waiver.

Please add this to your calendar.  All you need is a computer with sound capabilities, a web browser, and a reasonable Internet connection. To sign up, click the link below. Once you fill out the registration, the page will refresh and there will be a confirmation message that your registration was received.

Click Here to register. Seats are limited, so register now.

Medical disclaimer. This Webinar is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for consultation with an appropriate health care professional, as each individual’s medical situation is unique. It is important that you consult with your medical professional (e.g., physician, SLP) before implementing any course of treatment. Experiences that are new to you should be done with the help of a caregiver and when access to emergency medical care is available.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on becoming a member, webinar fees, time zone assistance, and other useful information.

The NFOSD would like to recognize and thank Cook Medical for their financial support of this Dysphagia Webinar Series.