Many people with a brain injury, stroke, or other neurological disorder experience difficulty in swallowing, a condition known as “dysphagia.” Researchers at NINDS are conducting two different experimental studies for qualified participants that may improve swallowing.
In the first study (06-N-0212 - http://clinicalstudies.info.nih.gov/detail/A_2006-N-0212.html) the experimental methods include an implanted electrical stimulation device and a handheld vibration device. Individuals will have 10 training sessions with their devices at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD, plus approximately 4 follow-up visits.
In the second study (06-N-0120 - http://clinicalstudies.info.nih.gov/cgi/wais/bold032001.pl?A_06-N-0120.html@06-N-0120) different combinations of vibratory stimulation to the neck and low-level electrical stimulation to the scalp will be used during swallowing training. Individuals will receive 12 training sessions at the NIH Clinical Center, plus approximately 5 pre- and post-testing visits.
For both studies, transportation is available and all study-related procedures are provided at no cost.
For more information about study # 06-N-0212, contact Katie Dietrich-Burns, Laryngeal and Speech Section, Medical Neurology Branch, NINDS; telephone: 301-594-5193. For information about study # 06-N-0120, contact Dr. Soren Lowell, Laryngeal and Speech Section, Medical Neurology Branch, NINDS; telephone: 301-401-5891.