Janine Simons is a research associate in the Department of Neurology, Center of Brain, Behavior and Metabolism at the University of Lübeck, Germany, and she is also the study course coordinator and conceptional designer for logopedics and occupational therapy currently planned in Lübeck.
She is mostly interested in neurodegenerative diseases, movement disorders, gerontology, dementia, communication disorders, and dysphagia. Her research focus is on oropharyngeal dysphagia screening, diagnostic approaches, and treatment options in Parkinson’s disease and atypical syndromes as well as in predictive risk factors and quality of life issues related to swallowing disorders in PD patients. She is an active member of neurological/ dysphagia working groups and was PI of several clinical study projects. Presently, she started working in Prof. Münte’s neuroscience research group (Cognitive Neurology).
After graduation in speech-language pathology, curative education and psychology (Dipl. Univ., 2006) she worked as a clinical SLP at neurological/ neuro-surgical hospitals in early rehabilitation settings, stroke units and Parkinson’s centres. In addition, she finished her PhD (2012) developing a Parkinson’s specific and patient-based questionnaire for early dysphagia identification as well as examination protocols for clinical and fiberoptic endoscopic swallowing evaluation. Since 2013 Janine is working at the University Hospital Schleswig- Holstein, Campus Lübeck and at the University of Lübeck, respectively, first in the Institute for Social Medicine and Epidemiology (research associate, lecturer and teaching coordinator), before she moved to the Department of Neurology this spring.