Welcome to the UAD

Published: July 12th, 2012

Category: Uncategorized

Mission Statement

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.


The UAD engages in research aimed at improving health outcomes and quality of life associated with disorders of airway protection. To that end, we employ a two-pronged approach including both basic science and clinical research. Basic science research goals focus on developing a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying airway protection and its disorders. Clinical research goals are the development of novel and robust evaluation and treatment techniques for dystussia and dysphagia. Our current projects focus on multiple behaviors contributing to airway protection and the ability to modify those behaviors via non-pharmacological treatment paradigms. Research participants include healthy volunteers, people with Parkinson’s disease, other movement disorders, and ischemic stroke.

Clinical care

The UAD, its members and collaborators, utilize an interdisciplinary approach for the comprehensive management of airway protection disorders and other communication disorders. Our primary clinical focus is the evaluation and treatment of speech-language and airway disorders in persons with movement disorders at the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration.


The UAD is committed to the timely dissemination of research outcomes and the training of new speech-language clinicians. Our educational mission is accomplished through courses within the department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, clinical education of students and healthcare professionals, and education of patients and caregivers through support groups and small forums.


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