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Prosem Lecture: Translational Approaches to Communication and Swallowing Disorders
April 25, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Presenter: Michelle Ciucci, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor, Associate Chair, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Department of Surgery-Division of Otolaryngology (Joint Appointment), Neuroscience Training Program (Faculty), University of Wisconsin-Madison
Topic: Translational Approaches to Communication and Swallowing Disorders
This semester’s Prosem series focuses on laboratory methods used in communication sciences and disorders. As a field, we value evidence-based practice, with the ultimate goal of developing patient-centered and effective therapies that have been analyzed with randomized controlled trials. However, ethical and logistic constraints often limit our ability to understand basic mechanisms that are foundational to this process. As such, we use translational approaches, defined as scientific research that facilitates the translation of findings from basic science to practical applications that enhance human health and well-being. Translational research is a paradigm for research that is alternative to the dichotomy of basic research and applied research. Within this framework, our laboratory studies central and peripheral nervous system mechanisms for vocalization, cognition, oromotor control, and swallowing in health and disease. This talk will focus on Parkinson disease and how translational research can help fill crucial gaps in knowledge with regard to onset, progression, and neuropathology that underlies deficits in these vital functions.
Funding: R01DC018584 (PI: Ciucci), R01DC014358 (PI: Ciucci), UW HI Romnes Faculty Fellowship (PI: Ciucci), F32DC020093-01 (PI: Lenell), F31DC018726 (PI: Broadfoot), T32DC009401-12 (PI: Thibeault)
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