Teresa Drulia, Ph.D. – Research

LINES OF RESEARCH

Dysphagia in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Role of Breathing and Swallowing Coordination

We aim to examine the mechanisms related to reduced breathing and swallowing coordination in individuals with COPD and how discoordination contributes to abnormal swallowing physiology. Incoordination between breathing and swallowing increases the risk of decreased airway protection, leading to aspiration, in this vulnerable population. Future investigative studies will target improving safe and effective swallowing in COPD individuals.

*Now Recruiting: COPD participants with swallowing difficulty

Manometry: Pharyngeal Pressure in Swallowing

We aim to examine the mechanisms related to reduced breathing and swallowing coordination in individuals with COPD and how discoordination contributes to abnormal swallowing physiology. Incoordination between breathing and swallowing increases the risk of decreased airway protection, leading to aspiration, in this vulnerable population. Future investigative studies will target improving safe and effective swallowing in COPD individuals.

Dosing and Efficacy of Swallowing Treatment

Evidence-based dysphagia practice is based on developing innovative, efficacious treatment that improves pathophysiology of the swallow resulting from injury or disease. LASR is committed to adding to the body of literature to advance clinical care and improve functional outcomes in individuals with dysphagia.

* Now Recruiting: Healthy participants between 60-89 years of age with no history of swallowing difficulty.

RECRUITMENT INFORMATION

Do you or someone you know with COPD have trouble swallowing?

Difficulty swallowing symptoms may include:

  • Coughing when eating or drinking
  • Sensation of food getting stuck in your throat
  • Difficulty clearing food from your mouth when eating
  • Symptoms above may occur with chronic respiratory infection or pneumonia

Currently enrolling participants in a 10-week study investigating the effects of respiratory muscle strength training in COPD

  • Participants must be able to attend 5 visits in LASR at Texas Christian University.
  • Participants receive devices and up to $60 in gift cards

For more information, contact:

Teresa Drulia, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Applied Swallowing Research
TCU Communication Sciences and Disorders Dept.
lasr@tcu.edu
817-257-6887

Healthy Participants

Are you interested in participating in research studies related to swallowing foods and liquids?  We are looking for individuals without a history of swallowing difficulty who are interested in participating in research.

Contact us at lasr@tcu.edu or 817-257-6887 for more information on current and upcoming studies.

Research Team

LASR is directed by Dr. Teresa Drulia. Other faculty and students engaged in LASR’s research activities include:

  • Laurel Lynch, MS CCC-SLP
  • Lacey Arnett, BS Research Assistant
  • Isabel Baldwin, BS Research Assistant

LASR also has between 4-6 undergraduate students volunteering in the laboratory. This provides undergraduate students opportunities to learn about or conduct research.

If you are a student interested in learning more about swallowing research, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Teresa Drulia to discuss opportunities in LASR.

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