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Prosem Lecture: Voice Disorders: Targeting Improved Management Through Basic and Clinical Science
February 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Presenter: Elizabeth Erickson-DiRenzo, PhD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine
Topic: Voice Disorders: Targeting Improved Management Through Basic and Clinical Science
Voice disorders affect millions of people every year and have a devastating impact on communication and quality of life. The overarching objective of the DiRenzo Voice Research Lab is to improve the prevention and management of these disorders. This presentation will demonstrate how we use a multifaceted approach consisting of basic science and clinical research techniques to understand better why voice disorders occur and to identify optimal treatment strategies. Specifically, I will highlight our basic work in the role of laryngeal epithelial and mucus barriers as modulators of mucosal remodeling in injury and defensive barriers between the external environment and the underlying tissue. Finally, I will introduce our line of clinical research dedicated to the development and refinement of deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the thalamus, a common surgical intervention for essential tremor of the limbs, as a treatment for essential vocal tremor.