How to solve swallowing problems?


About the research 

After a stroke, many people suffer from swallowing problems (dysphagia), due to damage to brain areas responsible for controlling and coordinating the swallowing process. This makes it very hard for them to eat and drink comfortably. Scientists have developed an electrical stimulation method to restore the brain control of swallowing. But we still don't quite know whether and why this method is useful in treating swallowing problems. That's what Marthe Everaert (KU Leuven) is determined to figure out in her PhD Research.

Marthe Everaert
KU Leuven

Being a food lover, Marthe Everaert, has the ultimate dream to treat patients with swallowing problems so they can enjoy eating and drinking again. Given her passion for dysphagia, she graduated as a deglutologist and started her PhD trajectory at KU Leuven. Her research focuses on a new, promising treatment method using electrical stimulation. More specifically, she evaluates its impact on the muscle function of the throat and the oesophagus.

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