Selected Completed Projects
Michael J Fox Foundation (Ciucci,PI) 04/01/2012-03/31/2013
Characterization of vocalization and swallowing deficits in PINK1 Knock-out Rats
This grant tests the hypothesis that fine and cranial sensorimotor deficits emerge early in rats that have both homozygous and heterozygous knock-out of the PINK1 gene that leads to early and progressive forms of Parkinson disease.
Role: Princiapal Investigator
University of Wisconsin Graduate School (Ciucci, PI) 02/01/2013-01/31/2014
Time Course and Pathology of Cranial Sensorimotor Deficits in Parkinson Disease
This grant tests the hypothesis that fine and cranial sensorimotor deficits emerge early in rats that have both homozygous knock-out of the DJ-1 gene that leads to early and progressive forms of Parkinson disease.
Role: Principal investigator
NIH, NINDS: 1R03NS078511-01A1 (Miller, PI) 09/01/2012–08/31/2014
Synaptotagmin 4: Role in Vocal Motor Function and Parkinson’s Disease
This grant investigates molecular mechanisms operating in the basal ganglia to support vocal behavior in songbirds as a translational model for human vocal deficits.
NIH, NIDCD P30DC010754-01 (Connor, PI) 09/17/2009-08/31/2012
Voice and Swallow Neuroscience Research Core
The ARRA grant supports new faculty recruitment at the University of Wisconsin (UW) – Madison to foster the development of a leader in the field of voice and swallow neuroscience research. We will develop the career of an outstanding biomedical researcher in the area of communication sciences and disorders, Dr. Michelle Ciucci, by providing two years of salary support, lab space, startup funding, and protected research.
Role: Faculty Recruit for Core
NIH, NIDCD F32DC009363 (Ciucci, PI) 05/01/2008-10/31/2009
Vocalization deficits in Parkinson rats: Does L-Dopa harm or help therapy? This postdoctoral fellowship investigated therapeutic effects of complex sensorimotor enrichment (exercise) and medication in a rat model of Parkinson disease on aspects of ultrasonic vocalizations.
Role: Principal Investigator