Ms Sona Ayanikalath

Three UKZN Publications on Springer Special edition

Two UKZN students, Ms Sona Ayanikalath and Ms Inge Odendaal and an alumnus, Dr Kim Coutts, were featured in Springer Nature’s free articles campaign featuring the Top 1% cited papers in the Clinical Medicine field. This campaign was in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

About 266 highly cited papers from 142 journals in 10 subjects were freely available to view until 15 March 2018.

Coutts’ article titled The Influence of Food Texture and Liquid Consistency Modification on Swallowing Physiology and Function: A Systematic Review was among the papers showcased.

Coutts is currently working on articles from her PhD, ‘My work is looking at the ecological validity and decision making around dysphagia assessments at the bedside in the South Africa context.’

Ayanikalath worked with Coutts on the article. She is currently awaiting the results of her PhD examination on her thesis titled Investigation of the Effectiveness of an Ecologically valid Telerehabilitation system for the Assessment and Primary Management of Neurogenic Dysphagia in a Resource Constrained Country.

The trio’s papers were among those that received enough citations as of July/August 2017 to be considered in the top 1% of their academic fields.

The articles were available to be read for free until 15 March 2018.

Congratulating the authors, Springer’s Clinical Medicine Editorial assistant, Mitchelle Joseph said ‘Your contribution to dysphagia highlights why the journal holds an esteemed place in the field of clinical medicine. Thank you very much for your continued support of dysphagia.’

Words: Nombuso Dlamini