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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

NIH, NIDCD, R33DC011130-03 (McCulloch, PI) 03/12/2013-02/28/2016
High Resolution Manometry: A Novel Pattern Recognition Method for Dysphagia
This study integrates high resolution pressure data and non-linear systems analysis to elucidate the salient features of normal and dysfunctional swallowing with the goal of immediate translation to clinical use.
Role: Co-Investigator

NIH, NIDCD, 2R01DC005935-06 (Connor, PI) 06/01/2010-05/31/2015
Exercise as a Treatment for Tongue Weakness
The main hypothesis tested is that age-related alterations in tongue function are based upon naturally occurring denervation-reinnervation processes and that these processes can be reversed or prevented via electrical stimulation of the hypoglossal nerves to model exercise.
Role: Co-Investigator

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Ciucci, PI) 11/30/2013/12/31/2014
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-11 gene that leads to early and progressive forms of Parkinson disease.
Role: Principal 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.
Role: Consultant

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


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