Laryngology research in the Department of Otolaryngology includes these specific research projects:

  • Ignacio Hernandez-Morato, PhD and Michael Pitman, MD are studying the role of trophic factor expression in laryngeal muscles to guide regenerating axons back to the correct muscles. This research has the potential to shed light on how the larynx may be repaired, and the voice restored, following nerve injury.
  • Dr. Pitman developed and is researching the use of an implantable electrical stimulator for the treatment of spasmodic dysphonia. The stimulator could be a safe and effective alternative to the current standard treatment, painful botulinum toxin injections performed every three months.
  • Dr. Pitman is researching vocal fold tissue regeneration using a muscle graft, as well as small intestinal submucosa implant and injection. The goal is to repair vocal fold scarring, and to regenerate the vocal folds in singers and the aged population.
  • Carly Cantor, MS, CCC-SLP is evaluating pediatricians’ understanding of voice disorders in the pediatric population and how this impacts the quality of patient care.
  • Michelle Shevon Troche, PhD/CCC-SLP is studying cough, swallowing, and airway protection in patients with Parkinson’s disease with the goal of improving quality of life and safety with decreased aspiration, pneumonia, and mortality.

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Selected Publications

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