Open house event to focus on swallowing disorders, cerebral palsy

April 22, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Patients and families can learn more about general swallowing disorders as well as challenges related to cerebral palsy at an open house on Tuesday (April 28) at Purdue University.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is 2:30-5:30 p.m. in the lobby of Lyles-Porter Hall, 715 Clinic Drive. Free patient parking is located in the adjacent parking garage.

The open house will feature informational activities, videos and games related to swallowing challenges for people of all ages. Information about research opportunities through the new Imaging, Evaluation, and Treatment of Swallowing (I-EaT) Research Laboratory and clinical services through the Imaging, Evaluation and Treatment of Swallowing (I-EaT) Clinic also will be available.

"Dysphagia, or the difficulty in swallowing, can take physical and mental tolls on both those diagnosed with the condition as well as respective caregivers," said Georgia Malandraki, an assistant professor of speech, language and hearing sciences, and director of the new clinical research laboratory. "Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder, which can produce many muscle impairments, some of which are crucial for swallowing. We would like the central Indiana community to know how we can be a resource for patients and their families."

Contact information for the I-EAT lab is 765-496-0207 and

Purdue's well-known Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences focuses on a wide array of speech, language, swallowing and hearing topics such as creating better hearing aids, understanding and treating child communication disorders, identifying brain mechanisms related to stuttering, swallowing and autism, advancing vocal-fold health, and improving treatment of aphasia. It also is home to the M.D. Steer Audiology and Speech-Language Clinics in Lyles-Porter Hall. 

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723,

Sources: Georgia Malandraki, 765-496-0206,

Cagla Kantarcigil, event coordinator and doctoral student in the Imaging, Evaluation and Treatment of Swallowing Laboratory, 

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