Medical SLP grand rounds kick-off: Fall 2016

Today Dr. Ianessa Humbert gave the first medical SLP grand rounds talk for the Fall 2016 semester. Dr. Humbert’s talk, entitled “What a swallowologist needs: Educating physicians, nurses, administrators, and other […]

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Dr. Karen Hegland and Ms. Julie Hicks speak at 2016 Parkinson’s Symposium

In May of 2016, UAD directory Dr. Karen Hegland along with clinical collaborator Ms. Julie Hicks (MA, CCC-SLP) were invited to talk at the annual UF Center for Movement Disorders […]

Graduate student Michelle Valenti receives award at PHHP Research day

UAD graduate student Michelle Valenti was selected as one of the top abstract presenters at PHHP’s research day. Her project, entitled  “Oropharyngeal swallowing in Parkinson’s disease: A retrospective comparison on […]

UAD students poised to graduate

It’s that time of year – the bittersweet time when exceptional students move on to the next season of their lives, and we celebrate their accomplishments and graduation.  This year, […]

SLHS undergraduates learn the brain

Students enrolled in Dr. Hegland’s Neural Bases of Communication class (SPA 4104) practiced drawing surface neuroanatomy by using swim caps. The idea was presented on a poster entitled Innovative Teaching Activities […]

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The Laboratory for the study of Upper Airway Dysfunction (UAD) is committed to improving clinical outcomes and quality of life in patients with dysphagia and dystussia through research, clinical care, and education.

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Evidence Bites – Advice to Chew On

When Dr. Emily Plowman gave the keynote address at the 2017 National Conference for Speech Pathology Australia, she was also interviewed about the principles of plasticity she enourages all clinicians...

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Deep Brain Stimulation in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Deep Brain Stimulation in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

By: Kiersten Lenas & Kara Watford Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a therapeutic surgical procedure that is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD), essential tremor, and other movement disorders […]

FDA Grants Approval for the First Disease-Modifying Drug for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

In the 1860’s, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) was first identified by Guillaume Benjamin Amand Duchenne, a French neurologist. It wasn’t until over a hundred years later, in 1986, that a […]

Revisiting Multiple Sclerosis and Pregnancy

Pregnancy and Multiple Sclerosis have had a complicated history over the last century. Before 1950, doctors advised women with MS against pregnancy, as it was largely believed that it might […]

Michael J. Fox Advocates for the Future of Parkinson’s Disease

Michael J. Fox Advocates for the Future of Parkinson’s Disease

Michael J. Fox is an actor famously known for playing Marty McFly in Back to the Future. In 1991, Fox was diagnosed with Young-Onset Parkinson’s Disease at the age of […]