Saturday, February 12, 2011

NSA Research Symposium

Here is the program of the research symposium of the National Stuttering Association on July 5th and 6th 2011.

I am a bit taken back by Jerry Maguire's talk title: Advancements in the pharmacologic treatment of stuttering! Advances? Pagoclone was hailed as the advance, and the first serious trial has not been successful as far as I can see. Of course, the outcome data has not published. I seriously hope that this will be done soon. I must say that the title is a smoke screen. Jerry would do better to tune down his rhetoric. The same is true for his book which is more of a propaganda book! We all admire his commitment and focus on finding a pharmaceutical treatment, but science only cares about facts and benefits from a neutral discussion. A sales pitch is misplaced at the NSA symposium.

I like the high numbers of group discussion. I hope that the discussions will be beyond the typical "Thank you very much for all your efforts. I was wondering whether", and be a though honest no-niceties no-consensus-seeking intellectual debate. The success of such discussions depend on the moderators.


Anonymous said...

What about Joe Kalinowski and the SpeechEasy?

Anonymous said...

Jerry Maguire is one of the people in the stuttering community who is making a difference every year. His book is 1 year old, and I was just looking at it, it is already very dated. That is how fast medication is coming for stuttering. I suppose his talk will be on his ongoing research with Saphris medication for stuttering.

Everything is not a home run, this guy has dedicated his life to stuttering research. If you think he owns the Pagoclone data, think twice. The company who owns the data may be holding it for a variety of reasons.

The true difference between Maguire and the others is that he isn't here to sell us anything. He has a very vested interest in helping us all.

Gerald Maguire, MD said...

I sincerely appreciate the kind comments of the post above--thank you.

Joe said...

I appreciate your not so kind comments, you have a right to your opinion. If you can't stand the heat then get out of the kitchen!

Joe Kalinowski