Offering Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Training Opportunities
Voice disorders affect approximately 7.5 million Americans. The University of Wisconsin Voice Research Training Program is designed to foster the development of translational research skills in future leaders in the field of voice science to help advance understanding and treatment options for this population.
This program is one of the only of its kind in the field of voice science, and it offers promising pre-doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows a unique research experience not found in typical research training.
Through comprehensive laboratory and clinical research experiences, as well as exposure to a curriculum in clinical trials, hypothesis-based research design, management, ethics, and data analysis, individuals receive the necessary interdisciplinary depth needed to impact voice science from bench to bedside. The training program includes otolaryngologists, speech pathologists, and basic scientists (in various engineering, oncology, medicine, and surgical disciplines) working closely with trainees to advance their expertise. The combination of training in voice science with a multidisciplinary focus will make a contribution to future generations of scientists.
A diverse group of trainers support the program and offer training opportunities in the following voice-related research areas:
- Vocal Fold Engineering, Stem Cells and Biomaterials
- Vocal Fold Genetics and Proteomics
- Vocal Fold Physiology and Neurophysiology
- Vocal Fold Biomechanics and Modeling
- Vocal Tract Imaging
- Improving Health Outcomes through Clinical and Health Services Research
In addition, the training program offers medical students a short-term summer research opportunity, to encourage future clinicians to become physician-scientists in the field of voice research. Our medical students have participated in projects related to diverse areas of voice science and some have even been able to present nationally.
- Vocal Communication Deficits in Parkinson Disease
- Influence of arm supports on phonomicrosurgery and outcomes using video-based phonomicrosurgery instrument tracking system
- Characterization of Toll-Like Receptor Expression in the Larynx: Implications for Inflammation
- Magnetic resonance micro-imaging for the detection of vocal fold injury
- Quantification of Lingual Muscle Plasticity
This training program is supported by NIH, NIDCD T32 DC009401.