Neurogenic Dysphagia - Pathophysiology, Diagnosis und Innovative Therapeutic Strategies

Institution: Department of Neurology with Institute for Translational Neurology, University Hospital Münster
Applicant: PD Dr. Sonja Suntrup-Krüger
Funding line:
Else Kröner Clinician Scientist Professorships

The act of swallowing is a complex sensorimotor function which is processed in a distributed neural network. Therefore, disturbance of swallowing function (dysphagia) is a prevalent symptom of many neurological diseases, e.g. stroke. Dysphagia leads to major complications such as airway infections, malnutrition and long-time dependency on a feeding tube. Evidence-based treatment options are still limited. PD Dr. Sonja Suntrup-Krüger’s scientific interest is in the brain control mechanisms of swallowing in health and disease and neurostimulation methods to enhance dysphagia rehabilitation. She wants to get new insights into neuroplasticity mechanisms of the brain with functional neuroimaging to further optimize these innovative treatment strategies.