The UK Stroke Forum, one of the largest European forums for researchers in stroke care, took place in December 2020. Among the 230 scientific studies submitted to the event, a jury selected a study on dysphagia by Dr Mary Hägg of Uppsala University as winner of “Best Poster” prize.
Every year more than 100,000 people suffer from stroke in the UK, and swallowing difficulties – dysphagia – is a common condition after stroke. The UK Stroke Association is an organisation that provides support to people to rebuild their lives after stroke, it is one of the biggest such organisations in the world. Each year it organises UK Stroke Forum, UKSF, for healthcare professionals in stroke care. In 2020 the UKSF was a virtual event attracting 1,850 delegates from all over Europe.
Important work on swallowing difficulties awarded winner
Researchers were encouraged to submit their latest internationally published studies and 230 such scientific papers were admitted for presentation to the delegates. This year the submissions were entered in a ‘Best Abstract’ competition, judged for the author’s ability to present their work (by video), design of poster and for the content to be topical and of a high standard. Studies were evaluated by 30 judges drawn from the committee of the Stroke Association and eminent scientific researchers specialised in stroke. Nine winners were chosen, and the study presented by Dr Mary Hägg of Uppsala University in Sweden was awarded the “Best Poster” prize – tying with the submission from the University of Aberdeen. Uppsala was also the only non-UK university to win a prize.
An important acknowledgement for Swedish Dr Mary Hägg
The winning study; ”Effects of oral neuromuscular training on swallowing dysfunction among older people in intermediate care” investigated the prevalence of swallowing difficulties in older people in intermediate residential care, and the extent to which they could be successfully treated using the IQoro neuromuscular training device.
– I am very honoured to have won this award. Research on dysphagia is very important and this recognition gives me renewed energy to continue my work. Most gratifying is that our research showed very promising results with great significance for the future treatment of the elderly with swallowing difficulties, after stroke and other neurological diagnoses, says Dr Mary Hägg.
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