Event Details
Date: 30 November 2023 - 2 December 2023

Location name: Toulouse, France

Location address: Centre d’Enseignement et de Congrès de l’Hôpital Pierre Paul Riquet, 330 Av de Grande Bretagne, 31300 Toulouse, France.

Click to view dynamic map

Emilien Chabrillac, MD, PhD student, specialising in head and neck cancer surgery and oncorehabilitation, Cancer University Institute of Toulouse Oncopole. 

The recent congress of the European Society for Swallowing Disorders was a remarkable gathering that brought together an array of speakers from Europe and far beyond dedicated to advancing the field of dysphagia research and treatment. The event was a resounding success, providing an opportunity for experts to share their insights and innovations. 

The speakers were excellent. Renowned experts from disciplines related to dysphagia including ear, nose and throat specialists, speech and language pathologists, neurologists and geriatriciansdelved with insight into the latest research findings, treatment modalities and technological advancements mainly in the fields of non-invasive assessment of swallowing disorders, cross-system integration of respiration and deglutition and a special mention in paediatrics whose theme ‘Understanding the wiring of the social brain’ made the link between neuroscience, clinic and therapy. 

They not only showcased their depth of knowledge but also demonstrated a profound commitment to improving the lives of those affected by swallowing disorders. 

The organisation was exemplary. The meticulous planning and seamless execution of the event ensured a dynamic and engaging experience for all attendees. The diverse range of sessions catered to the needs and interests of professionals at different stages of their careers, from students and early-career researchers to advanced practitioners. The inclusion of interactive workshops and panel discussions fostered a collaborative atmosphere, allowing participants to exchange ideas and contribute to the collective knowledge of the field. Most of the round tables were based on complex clinical cases, thus allowing discussion between panellists and the audience. These panel discussions were organised for each session (innovation, neurology, paediatrics, oncology, multi-disabilities, breathing, speech) and contributed to make the junction between scientific knowledge and clinical practice. 

The organisers demonstrated a keen awareness of the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in addressing swallowing disorders comprehensively. By bringing together experts from various specialties, the congress facilitated a holistic approach to understanding and managing dysphagia, reflecting the complex nature of the condition. 

In conclusion, the speakers and organisers deserve commendation for their dedication to the continued progress in research, diagnosis and treatment of swallowing disorders, making a positive impact on the lives of those affected by this challenging condition.