Bulbar Function Lab

The Bulbar Function Lab is primarily engaged in research related to understanding speech production in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). To learn more about this lab click here

Projects

Speech movement classification in diagnosing and treating ALS (2013 – 2018)

The project will lead to more accurate and efficient speech motor assessments and create new pathways of oral communication for ALS patients with speech impairments using a real-time silent speech interface (a device that generates speech in response to silently produced movements of tongue, lips and jaw).

Deterioration of bulbar function in ALS (2008 – 2014)

The goals of this project were to identify instrumental measures sensitive to bulbar ALS onset and progression, understand the course of disease progression over time and to distinguish parts of bulbar mechanism in ALS which affect speech intelligibility decline the most.

Neuroanatomical correlates of motor and cognitive dysfunction in ALS (2009- 2013)

The primary aim of this project was to improve the understanding of cognitive, motor and brain changes that occur in patients with ALS. Correlating these areas will give us a better grasp on disease onset and progression, identify markers of disease and enable researchers to design and test new promising treatments for ALS.

Demonstration of sensor attachment for the WAVE Speech Research System, NDI (Waterloo, Canada)

(credit to Speech Disorders & Technology Lab, University of Dallas Texas)