Healthy Volunteers Needed

Posted by on 22 August 2019

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Researchers at the Swallowing Research Laboratory, University of Auckland, are looking for healthy adults aged 70+years old with no reflux disease or swallowing difficulties, to participate in a study to investigate treatments for people with swallowing difficulties. 

Participation is 1 hour in which your swallowing function will be measured.

The nostril is numbed using spray and gel. A long thin tube ( catheter) is passed through the nose to the back of the throat. Guided by swallowing water, the tube will reach the stomach. After adjusting to the tube, participants will swallow different amounts and textures of liquids while lying down and sitting upright. This practice is used clinically.

Participants will be compensated for their time with a supermarket voucher per appointment.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Marie Jardine, PhD candidate and Speech-language therapist:, 020 4153 0995.

This study has been approved by the New Zealand Health and Disability Ethics Committees (Approval no. 19/NT A/4 ).

Further information is available from (020 4153 0995) or

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