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Release Date: 10/03/2013
Jeffrey B. Palmer, M.D. was the keynote speaker at the 19th annual meeting of the Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation (JSDR) in Okayama, Japan. Palmer spoke about recent advances in the Process Model of Feeding, a topic of his pioneering research on swallowing. The conference, in September 2013, was attended by more than 5,000 people and included speakers from Canada, China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.
Known as the father of dysphagia rehabilitation in Japan, Palmer is an honorary member of the JSDR, and has trained 23 Japanese clinicians and scientists in the Johns Hopkins Swallowing and Oral Function Laboratory that he directs. Palmer is the Shehan Professor and director of the department of physical medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University as well as a visiting professor at Fujita Health University in Aichi, Japan. He serves on the board of trustees of the Association of Academic Physiatrists and is the editor-in-chief of Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports.
Palmer joined Johns Hopkins almost 30 years ago as an assistant professor in the department he now directs, and has developed an interest in both patient care and research. He is the author of more than 100 scientific publications and has given more than 100 scientific presentations on dysphagia, or difficulty in swallowing, a condition that affects millions worldwide. He is the co-author of books on living with spinal cord injury, and on sustaining and strengthening marriage and other relationships after stroke.
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