British Laryngological Association (BLA) Programme

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 11.45-13.15

Specialty Keynote: Evolution, current and future trends in Laryngology

Chair: Professor David Howard, Royal Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, UK

Keynote Speakers:

Nature’s great experiment: The development and evolution of the human larynx
Professor Jeffrey Laitman, Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Anatomy & Functional Morphology, Professor of Otolaryngology, Professor of Medical Education, ICAHN School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA

Vocal Fold Lesions: 2018
Dr Clark Rosen, Director, University of Pittsburgh Voice Center, USA 

15 years of laryngeal reinnervation. Key points
Professor Jean-Paul Marie, Prof Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Rouen University Hospital , France

The Future of Dysphagia Care
Dr Gregory Postma, Professor and Vice-Chairman in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia of Augusta University, Director of the Center for Voice, Airway and Swallowing Disorders, USA

Panel Discussion

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 14.15-15.15

Cadaver Dissection: Laryngeal Framework Surgery

Chair: Mr Nimesh Patel, Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist/Head, Neck and Thyroid Surgeon, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Type I thyroplasty + arytenoid adduction/repositioning
Dr Clark RosenDirector, University of Pittsburgh Voice Center, USA 

Type 2 thyroplasty + types 3/4
Mr Yakubu Karagama, Laryngologist, Manchester University Hospital Voice, Airway and Swallowing Centre, Manchester, UK


Wednesday 4 July 2018, 15.15-16.15

BLA Update on Voice Disorders

The fields of voice and laryngology are moving forwards at a rapid pace.   There have been some important recent developments that are radically altering clinical practice in this area.  A panel of experts will give their overview of the key points.  Any clinician involved in voice or laryngology services will not want to miss this essential update.

Chair: Mr Declan Costello, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK

Vocal fold paralysis
Mr Nick Gibbins

Voice Clinic Assessment
Mr Julian McGlashan, Consultant Laryngologist and Head & Neck Surgeon, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK
Anna White, Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK

Tubeless Laryngoscopy for laryngoscopy
Dr Fauzia Mir, Consultant Anaesthetist

Thursday 5 July 2018, 10.00-11.00

Symposium: Ten top tips for laryngology

Chair: Mr John Rubin


10 Tips in Phonosurgery
Clark Rosen, Director, University of Pittsburgh Voice Center, Pittsburgh, USA 

10 Top Tips for Speech Therapy 
Miss Christella Antoni

10 Tips Teaching
Mr Nick Gibbins

Thursday 5 July 2018, 15.15-16.15

Symposium: Laryngeal Airway Dysfunction

Chair: Mr Guri Sandhu


Vocal Cord Dysfunction
Dr James Hull, Consultant Respiratory Physician at the Royal Brompton Hospital, UK

Employing deep learning to analyse endoscopic video of laryngeal obstruction
Dr Emil WalstedRespiratory Trainee and Clinical Research Fellow,  Bispebjerg Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark

Living with EILO and life after treatment
Mr Ian Wrightson

FC63.1 SIAXI: Efficacy and safety of incobotulinumtoxinA for the treatment of sialorrhea in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other neurological conditions: Results of a Phase III, placebo-controlled, randomized, doubleblind study
Dr János Csikós, Merz R&D, Merz Pharma UK Ltd, UK

Friday 6 July 2018, 14.15-15.15

Symposium: Dysphagia in the 21st Century: more than biomechanics

We know almost all there is to know about physiology, neuroanatomy, and co-ordination of the swallow mechanism. We do not know how to ideally treat the person with a swallow problem. We must move beyond mere science: understanding the world and what can we do, and move to thinking about what should we do.

Following this session participants will be able to…

  • understand the practical QOL dilemmas regarding treatment of patients with severe oropharyngeal dysphagia
  • compare and contrast the swallowing outcomes of narrow field laryngectomy versus laryngotracheal separation
  • explain the theory and evidence for muscle tension dysphagia
  • describe the assessment and management options for muscle tension dysphagia
  • define professional moral distress
  • identify factors leading to moral distress in their own dysphagia practice

Chair: Professor Paula LeslieProgram Director: Doctor of Clinical Science (CScD), Professor, Communication Science and Disorders, Specialist Advisor (Swallowing Disorders) RCSLT, University of Pittsburgh


Profound Oropharyngeal Dysphagia: what can we do versus what should we do?
Professor Gregory PostmaProfessor and Vice-Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Augusta, USA

Muscle tension dysphagia: wishful thinking?
Dr Justin Roe, Head of the Speech and Language Therapy Department, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust; Clinical Service Lead – Speech & Language Therapy (Airway/ Ear, Nose and Throat Service), Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust; Honorary Lecturer – Division of Surgery, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London

Moral Distress: professional iatrogenesis
Professor Paula LeslieProgram Director: Doctor of Clinical Science (CScD), Professor, Communication Science and Disorders, Specialist Advisor (Swallowing Disorders) RCSLT, University of Pittsburgh

FC92.1 Modelling the factor structure for a dysphagia quality of life questionnaire – MD Anderson Dysphagia Inventory (MDADI)
Daniel Lin, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK