University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Swallowing and Salivary Bioscience

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Dr Pulia performs a salivary test on a patient

Dementia, Dysphagia, and Pneumonia Onset

Dr. Nicole Rogus-Pulia leads a research program focused on dysphagia, or swallowing dysfunction, in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).  The goal of Dr. Rogus-Pulia’s work is to systematically identify and characterize factors underlying dysphagia in patients with AD and to translate these findings into treatments for maintaining quality of life and prevention of pneumonia onset for both veterans and the general population.

Some of the lab’s specific research interests include the effects of intensive dysphagia rehabilitation, including tongue strengthening, on swallow function and health status; the feasibility of exercise-based approaches to dysphagia treatment for patients with early stage AD; and the impact of oral microbial profiles and saliva production on oral health and pneumonia risk in patients with dysphagia.

Dr. Rogus-Pulia Faculty Biography