Renee Speyer

Dr Renée Speyer is currently employed as Associate Professor at James Cook University in Australia where she is the Head of Speech Pathology. After graduating as a speech pathologist in the Netherlands, she earned master degrees in Speech and Language Pathology, Epidemiology and Health Professions Education and completed a PhD in 2004. Dr Speyer’s career included working as a speech pathologist in different health care settings and in academia. Over the last two decades Dr Speyer has developed an international research track record in the field of oropharyngeal dysphagia. She is currently undertaking research projects both nationally and internationally involving clinimetrics, instrument development, and developing evidenced based interventions in allied health for different disability population groups. She published over 50 internationally peer-reviewed research articles, mainly in the field of oropharyngeal dysphagia.

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Seminars in Dysphagia provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary issues in the field of dysphagia assessment, treatment and management in diverse subject populations. Expert views are shared by international clinical experts from different medical and allied health fields. This book contains an introductory chapter on the anatomical structures and physiology processes that underpin dysphagia and discusses the effects of polypharmacy and ageing on deglutition. Contemporary practices of functional assessment of swallowing and the endoscopic assessment for both oropharyngeal and esophageal dysphagia are reviewed. Both the nutritional support and decision making in oral route are described and the impact of dysphagia on carers and family when managing dysphagia. Several chapters are dedicated to outlining the manifestation and consequences of dysphagia in specific populations, including persons with Parkinsons disease, dystonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and mixed connective tissue disease.

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