Improvement of treatments for communication and swallowing disorders in progressive neurologic disease.
My translational research program is directed at improving treatments for voice and swallowing disorders. We work with animal models as well as human clinical populations. My larger research framework aims to elucidate the relevant neurobiological processes that affect disease progression and how targeted exercise may slow or reverse the degenerative processes. Understanding these mechanisms will lead to better treatments and functional outcomes for patients with Parkinson Disease, including drug discovery and repurposing along with behavior interventions.