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Michelle R Ciucci, PhD

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E-mail:
ciucci@surgery.wisc.edu

Phone:
(608) 265-8207

Mail:
Goodnight Hall
1975 Willow Dr
MADISON, WI 53706

Michelle R Ciucci, PhD

Assistant Professor
Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Education

  • PhD, Speech and Hearing Science & Neuroscience, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ, 2006

Research Interests

Dr. Ciucci’s research interests focus on the neurobiological and behavioral underpinnings of cranial sensorimotor control. She is currently exploring the effects of degenerative neurologic disease-induced deficits on voice, speech, and swallowing (oromotor function) using both clinical and basic science methods. Her clinical studies on swallowing focus on fine motor skills required to generate subtle changes in pressure generation during the pharyngeal stage of swallowing, considering the influence of disease state, therapy, and medications on these processes. She also studies Parkinson disease to examine the impact of early sensorimotor training approaches on functional improvement of vocalization and swallow behaviors as well as the underlying neural substrates of exercise-induced brain changes and explores how anti-Parkinson medications influence complex sensorimotor enrichment outcomes. Dr. Ciucci believes understanding these processes will lead to better treatments and functional outcomes for patients with Parkinson disease and other neurologic disorders.

Dr. Ciucci's Lab

Recent Publications
  • Morphological and behavioral impact of AAV2/5-mediated overexpression of human wildtype alpha-synuclein in the rat nigrostriatal system.
    Gombash SE, Manfredsson FP, Kemp CJ, Kuhn NC, Fleming SM, Egan AE, Grant LM, Ciucci MR, MacKeigan JP, Sortwell CE
    PLoS ONE 2013; 8(11):e81426.
    [PubMed ID: 24312298, PMC ID: 3842242]
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  • Early identification and treatment of communication and swallowing deficits in Parkinson disease.
    Ciucci MR, Grant LM, Rajamanickam ES, Hilby BL, Blue KV, Jones CA, Kelm-Nelson CA
    Semin Speech Lang 2013 Aug; 34(3):185-202.
    [PubMed ID: 24166192]
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  • Dopamine D1 and D2 receptor antagonism effects on rat ultrasonic vocalizations.
    Ringel LE, Basken JN, Grant LM, Ciucci MR
    Behav. Brain Res. 2013 Sep 1; 252():252-9.
    [PubMed ID: 23764460, PMC ID: 3742589]
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  • Exercise-induced rescue of tongue function without striatal dopamine sparing in a rat neurotoxin model of Parkinson disease.
    Ciucci MR, Schaser AJ, Russell JA
    Behav. Brain Res. 2013 Sep 1; 252():239-45.
    [PubMed ID: 23756136, PMC ID: 3742558]
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  • Vocal training mitigates age-related changes within the vocal mechanism in old rats.
    Johnson AM, Ciucci MR, Connor NP
    J. Gerontol. A Biol. Sci. Med. Sci. 2013 Dec; 68(12):1458-68.
    [PubMed ID: 23671289, PMC ID: 3814239]
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  • Videofluorographic assessment of deglutitive behaviors in a rat model of aging and Parkinson disease.
    Russell JA, Ciucci MR, Hammer MJ, Connor NP
    Dysphagia 2013 Mar; 28(1):95-104.
    [PubMed ID: 22763806, PMC ID: 3554861]
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  • Effect of aging on ultrasonic vocalizations and laryngeal sensorimotor neurons in rats.
    Basken JN, Connor NP, Ciucci MR
    Exp Brain Res 2012 Jun; 219(3):351-61.
    [PubMed ID: 22562586, PMC ID: 3593073]
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  • Cranial and related sensorimotor impairments in rodent models of Parkinson's disease.
    Fleming SM, Schallert T, Ciucci MR
    Behav. Brain Res. 2012 Jun 1; 231(2):317-22.
    [PubMed ID: 22394540]
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  • Application of classification models to pharyngeal high-resolution manometry.
    Mielens JD, Hoffman MR, Ciucci MR, McCulloch TM, Jiang JJ
    J. Speech Lang. Hear. Res. 2012 Jun; 55(3):892-902.
    [PubMed ID: 22232390, PMC ID: 3501389]
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  • High-resolution manometry of pharyngeal swallow pressure events associated with effortful swallow and the Mendelsohn maneuver.
    Hoffman MR, Mielens JD, Ciucci MR, Jones CA, Jiang JJ, McCulloch TM
    Dysphagia 2012 Sep; 27(3):418-26.
    [PubMed ID: 22215280, PMC ID: 3717357]
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