Dr. Ivy Cheng: Unleashing the Power of Neurostimulation in Swallowing Disorders

Hi, I’m Ivy, a dedicated speech therapist and postdoctoral researcher from Hong Kong. My passion lies in aiding people with swallowing difficulties caused by neurological diseases. Currently based at the Institute für Biomagnetism and Bioanalysis at the University of Münster, I collaborate with Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Sonja Suntrup-Krüger to enhance the efficacy of neurostimulation treatments for these patients.

One of the things that excites me most about my work is the amazing ability of the brain to recover from damage. Our research is focused on understanding how the brain plays a role in the rehabilitation process for patients with swallowing disorders, and how we can use cutting-edge neurostimulation devices like transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and pharyngeal electrical stimulation (PES) to maximize its potential. We will study the brain responses using state-of-the-art neuroimaging technique, magnetoencephalography (MEG). I feel incredibly fortunate to be working with a team of experts in this field who are helping me explore new ways to improve the benefits of neurostimulation treatments for swallowing disorders.

Work aside – here’s a little fun fact about me: I love travelling and getting to know new cultures (and trying local cuisines!). Actually, I have already been to 22 countries over the past 10 years.