Dr. Jana Reiger - PhD
Director of Research

Dr. Jana Rieger is the director of research at the Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine (iRSM) and a professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. Since 1999, her research has focused on understanding functional outcomes, including speech, swallowing, chewing and quality of life, in patients with defects of the head and neck secondary to cancer and trauma. From 2004 to 2011, she was funded by the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research as a population health clinician researcher.

Dr. Rieger was one of four successful researchers to receive funding from the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Transformative Program Competition in April 2014.

Dr. Rieger and her research team are developing technological interfaces for dysphagia rehabilitation in patients with head and neck cancer. Dr. Rieger has lectured internationally by invitation on functional outcomes related to defects of the head and neck and has published extensively in this area.