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Nathalie Rommel, MSc, SLP, PhD

Professor Nathalie Rommel is currently program director of the Master of Science in Deglutology at the Faculty of Medicine and a principal investigator in department of Neurosciences, Experimental ORL in collaboration with the Translational Research Center for Gastrointestinal Disorders (TARGID), University of Leuven, Belgium. Professor Rommel’s (MSc SLP, PhD) clinical research lies in the domain of upper gastrointestinal disorders and dysphagia. Her main topics of research are pathophysiology of pharyngo-esophageal dysphagia and the development of novel diagnostic catheter based methods such as manometry-impedance measurements. Rommel’s research focuses on the analysis and clinical use of these novel methodologies to characterize the (patho-) physiology of upper gastrointestinal function and on the evaluation of current treatments for upper gastrointestinal motility disorders. Dr Rommel’s clinical work in Deglutology concentrates on the diagnosis of patients across life span with pharyngeal and esophageal dysphagia seen at the multidisciplinary dysphagia clinic and neurogastroenterology clinic in the University Hospitals in Leuven. In February 2020, she became President of European Society for Swallowing Disorders (ESSD).