Newsletter 2022 – 1

The BSSD-newsletter is back! 

With this newsletter, we want to keep you posted on the latest swallowing-related news. It will be sent out three times a year and will discuss all related news and upcoming events.

First of all, we would like to wish you a very happy and warm 2022! We wouldn’t want you to miss out on any of the great content we’re working on this new year so make sure you renew your membership today!

Renew your membership here!


Secondly, we are honored to introduce you the board members and there function.

Hope to see you soon!

Introduction of the board
President: Prof. Dr. Gwen Van Nuffelen
Speech-language pathologistUniversity Hospital Antwerp
University of Antwerp
University of Ghent
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Vice-president: Dr. Nicolas Roper
ENT medical doctor
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels
Vice-president: Dr. Jan Vanderwegen
ENT medical doctor
Thomas More University College of Applied Sciences, Antwerp
CHU Saint-Pierre, Brussels
Treasurer: Dr. Anne-Françoise Zicot
ENT medical doctor
CHU de Liège
Member:  Ms. Anne-Sophie Beeckman
Speech-language pathologist
Maria Middelares Hospital, Ghent
Artevelde University College, Ghent
Secretary: Dr. Aude Lagier
ENT medical doctor
CHU de Liège
Webmaster: Ms. Alice Vergauwen
Speech-language pathologist
University Hospital Antwerp
Webmaster: Drs. Margot Baudelet
Speech-language pathologist
University of Ghent
University of Antwerp
Curious to learn more about the members? Click here!


Science figured out

Hanne Massonet (PhD student KU Leuven and UAntwerp)

Thanks to new radiation techniques, more and more patients with head and neck cancer are surviving. However, 70% of these patients experience chronic swallowing problems, what makes it difficult to eat and drink after treatment. By training the main swallowing muscles, namely the tongue and suprahyoidal muscles Hanne Massonet hopes to get them to enjoy food and drink again.

Please click on the picture to see Hannes video!

Dr. Leen Van den Steen (UAntwerp and University Hospital Antwerp)


Radiation can save the lives of people with head and neck cancer. Unfortunately, many patients develop swallowing disorders as a result of the treatment, which makes it impossible for them to eat solid food. Leen Van den Steen (UAntwerpen – UZA) wants to help them. How? With tongue strength training.

Please click on the picture to see Leens video!

Save the Date! 

BSSD Congress – 7th May 2022:

Assessment & rehabilitation of cough and swallowing function

We are proud to announce our key note speaker of the 8th annual BSSD meeting: Prof. Dr. Michelle Troche.

Prof. Dr. Michelle Troche is a speech-language pathologist committed to improving clinical outcomes and quality of life in patients with dysphagia, dystussia, and dysarthria through research, clinical care, and education.

More information about the congress will be announced soon!
Abstract submission is now open!
The BSSD Annual Meeting gives the opportunity to clinicians, researchers and students to present their research concerning swallowing- and deglutition-related topics. If you’re interested in presenting at the 2022 BSSD meeting, don’t hesitate to submit your abstract now and share your research with fellow colleagues!
Submission deadline: 15th of March 2022

Click on the email button to submit your abstract:



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