Dysphagia

Dr. Donna Scarborough’s current research includes collaboration with Dr. Michael Bailey Van Kuren of the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Miami University. Together, Dr. Scarborough and Dr. Bailey Van Kuren hold 2 patents. One patent involves the development of a “smart” transitional or sippy cup. The other patent involves the development of a hand glove device that alters the afferent limb of the gag reflex. Research continues with the “smart” cup and the development of 3-D measurement tools to study open cup drinking development and perceptions of children regarding the flow and rate of different prototype cups. Research also continues with the hand glove device to determine FDA parameters and utilization within a variety of clinical settings.