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Research Opportunity

Nova Southeastern University

6100 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-4416

PHONE: (954) 262-7726 800-986-3223, Ext. 27726


 Participant Letter for Anonymous Surveys NSU Consent to be in a Research Study Entitled: 

Clinical Practices in Head and Neck Cancer: 

A Speech-Language Pathologist Practice Pattern Survey 

Who is doing this research study? 

The person completing this study is Ashley Geer, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S within the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Nova Southeastern University. They will be helped by Mario Landera, SLP.D, CCC-SLP, BCS-S as faculty advisor. 

Why are you asking me to be in this research study? 

You are being asked to take part in this research study because you are a speech-language pathologist who is involved in the treatment of patients with head and neck cancer. 

Why is this research being done? 

The purpose of this study is to find out the current practice patterns of speech-language pathologists treating patients with head and neck cancer. 

What will I be doing if I agree to be in this research study? 

You will be taking a one-time, anonymous survey. This will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. 

Are there possible risks and discomforts to me? 

This research study involves minimal risk to you. To the best of our knowledge, the things you will be doing have no more risk of harm than you would have in everyday life. 

What happens if I do not want to be in this research study? 

You can decide not to participate in this research and it will not be held against you. You can exit the survey at any time. 

Will it cost me anything? Will I get paid for being in the study? 

There is no cost for participation in this study. Participation is voluntary and no payment will be provided. 

How will you keep my information private? 

Your responses are anonymous. Information we learn about you in this research study will be handled in a confidential manner, within the limits of the law. No personal identifying information will be collected. The data will be available to the research, the Institutional Review Board and other representatives of this institution, and any granting agencies (if applicable). All confidential data will be kept securely in a password protected file on a password protected computer. All data will be kept for a minimum 36 months from the end of the study and will be destroyed by deletion of electronic records. 

Who can I talk to about the study? 

If you have questions, you can contact Ashley Geer, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S at (916) 213-8604 or Mario Landera, SLP.D, CCC-SLP, BCS-S at (305) 243-9479. 

If you have questions about the study but want to talk to someone else who is not a part of the study, you can call the Nova Southeastern University Institutional Review Board (IRB) at (954) 262-5369 or toll free at 1-866-499-0790 or email at 

Do you understand and do you want to be in the study? 

If you have read the above information and voluntarily wish to participate in this research study, please follow this link: 

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Webinar! Parkinson’s Disease & Swallowing

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Date and Time: Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT


Learner Outcomes: 

  • Discuss the prevalence of swallowing problems in Parkinson’s and why patients may under-report
  • Associate a gastrointestinal model of Parkinson’s disease (PD) with dysphagia
  • Identify clinical symptoms that may represent a swallowing problem
  • Review the effect of dopamine replacement and DBS on swallowing function.
  • Describe Parkinson’s affect on respiratory function and breathing-swallowing coordination
  • Recognize the importance of clinical and instrumental swallowing assessments in guiding treatment, including swallowing exercise/s
  • Understand the patient’s perspective about swallowing problems and Parkinson’s disease as they relate to: timing of referrals, adherence to treatment recommendations, and quality of life


Meet the Presenter:

Mary Spremulli, MA, CCC-SLP has been a healthcare provider for over 30 years, and currently holds a nursing license in Florida and speech-language pathology license in Florida, Ohio, and North Carolina. She is owner of Voice Aerobics, LLC, a speech-language pathology private practice located in Punta Gorda, Florida, and is also the creator of the Voice Aerobics® family of products which blend the art and science of voice therapy into fun home-based practice. Her blog has been selected as one of the top 49 blogs about Parkinson’s disease, and she currently serves on the Education Committee of the World Parkinson’s Program, and the Medical Advisory Board of the Neurochallenge Foundation, Sarasota, Florida.


No ASHA CEUs will be offered for this webinar.



  • Free for 2019 NFOSD Members
  • Become a Member: Click Here
  • For Non-Members: $10/webinar


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.

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Paid Research Opportunity

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We are looking for adults with COPD to help us to better understand the influence of COPD on eating and drinking.

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NFOSD Presents the 2019 #IDDSIchallenge!

The National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders & the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative Presents:

The 2019 #IDDSIchallenge!

You are invited to participate in the second annual contest showing the world how you have been creating culinary delights using the IDDSI Framework.


June 1 – June 20, 2019 = Post your creations for National Dysphagia Awareness Month

June 20 – June 26, 2019 = Vote for your Favorite Creations

June 27, 2019 = Announce the Top 3 Winners

Prizes:  3 prizes of $100 gift cards

Who can enter? Everyone! You can enter as an individual, a family, a corporation, a restaurant, a healthcare organization.

How to enter:

1. Share a photo of your culinary masterpiece with the NFOSD on Facebook or Twitter and include a written description of your IDDSI testing method(s).

2. Include #IDDSIchallenge and tag @NFOSD in your post between June 1 – June 20 (deadline is midnight GMT)

**Make sure your post is public so that we can share this!**

3. Like and share your creation on Facebook and Twitter with all of your friends!

Here’s an example:

Chef Cynthia’s Puree Waffle.
Level 4: When you hold a bite on the fork, a small amount flows through and forms a tail below the fork.

Rules and Regulations ApplyClick Here for more Information

How to win:

1. All photos will be viewed by an expert panel of judges and the top 5 entries will be selected for voting by the global audience.

2. Vote using ‘likes’ to choose the winners on Facebook and Twitter.

3. Judges will add bonus points for a creative name for your masterpiece.

Meet the Judges:  Click Here

Winners will be announced and showcased on both the IDDSI and NFOSD websites.

What is IDDSI?

The IDDSI Framework was developed to provide safety, through a standardised way of naming and describing texture modified foods and thickened liquids for people with swallowing difficulties across the lifespan.  It is a person-centred rather than profession-centred approach providing practical and validated measurement techniques to ensure that what is prepared in hospital, can reliably be prepared at home or other settings to reduce the risk of choking and aspiration. The common language of the framework can be used by persons with dysphagia, caregivers, clinicians, food service professionals and industry partners, allowing us to speak the same language the world over. Learn more at:

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