UAD FEES and Parkinson's Unity Walk

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Laboratory for the Study of Upper Airway Dysfunction

UAD Lab members participate in the Parkinson's Unity Walk and Langmore FEES course

The weekend of April 22nd and 23rd was a busy one for the UAD lab.

The members of the Upper Airway Dysfunction Lab (aka team UAD for PD) attended the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in Central Park on Saturday, April 22nd. As stated by the Chairman of the Parkinson Alliance, Martin Tuchman, “The Parkinson’s Unity Walk is a way to help the Parkinson’s community move closer to a cure. While there have been advancements in research and therapies, the Unity Walk unites those who are living with Parkinson's; patients, caregivers, family and friends to keep this progress going. One day we will achieve our shared goal of ending Parkinson’s.”

The UAD lab’s team walked 1.4 miles in support of those affected by Parkinson’s disease and their families. Thus far, the 2017 Parkinson’s Unity Walk has raised $1,329,921, and 100% of the donations from the walk will go to Parkinson’s disease research funded by six major U.S. Parkinson’s Foundations.  In fact, the UAD's MJ Fox Foundation Grant to test novel airway protective treatments for swallowing and cough was supported in part by the Parkinson Alliance and the PD Unity Walk. Great job “UAD for PD” team and thank you Parkinson Alliance!

Dr. Michelle Troche and Dr. Michael Pitman, of the Voice and Swallowing Institute, Columbia University co-directed the Langmore FEES course on April 22nd and 23rd at the Columbia University Medical Center. FEES, or the Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing, was developed by Dr. Susan Langmore and is an internationally recognized gold standard for assessing swallowing function and oropharyngeal dysphagia. The course consisted of two components - lecture and four hours of hands-on practice. During the hands-on portion, students had access to a range of FEES systems to test different types of equipment. Several of the UAD members participated in the course and our very own James Curtis served as a mentor and taught participants how to pass the scope.