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Emilia Michou Ph.D., PGDip, CertMRCSLT

Dr Emilia Michou is currently research fellow at the Centre for Gastrointestinal Sciences within the Institute of Inflammation and Repair, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester. Her research career has been funded externally through personal awards (Hellenic State Scholarships’ Foundation for her PhD (2007-2010), Stepping stones award Fellowship for postdoctoral years) and she has been recipient of grants from a number of funders and sources including Parkinson’s UK, NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Grant scheme etc. She performs research, teaches and supervises graduates and postgraduates in the field of deglutition and its disorders, and continues to practice speech and language therapy. At present, she focuses into unravelling the underlying mechanisms of plasticity and compensation for swallowing difficulties in stroke and neurodegenerative disease models (Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s Disease) by combining various neuroimaging (i.e. fMRI, MRS, NIRS), neurostimulation (TMS) and different physiological measurements in human. The current mainstream of work also focuses on treatment solutions employing neurostimulation and behavioural approaches alongside with projects on swallowing and voice diagnostics.