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Laboratory for the Study of Upper Airway Dysfunction

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The Laboratory for the study of Upper Airway Dysfunction (UAD) is committed to improving clinical outcomes and quality of life in patients with dysphagia and dystussia through research, clinical care, and education. 

The UAD engages in research aimed at improving health outcomes and quality of life associated with disorders of airway protection. To that end, we employ a two-pronged approach including both basic science and clinical research.  Basic science research goals focus on developing a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying airway protection and its disorders.  Clinical research goals are the development of novel and robust evaluation and treatment techniques for dystussia and dysphagia.  Our current projects focus on multiple behaviors contributing to airway protection and the ability to modify those behaviors via non-pharmacological treatment paradigms.  Research participants include healthy volunteers, people with Parkinson’s disease, other movement disorders, and ischemic stroke. 

The UAD is committed to the timely dissemination of research outcomes and the training of new speech-language clinicians.  Our educational mission is accomplished through MA SLP-level courses, clinical education of students and healthcare professionals, and education of patients and caregivers through support groups and small forums.

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