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Funding News - Persons with Swallowing Disorders Sought for Study

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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 that may improve swallowing problems for qualified participants.

In the first study (06-N-0212), 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, and approximately 4 follow-up visits. 

In the second study (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, and 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 protocol 06-N-0212, contact Katie Dietrich-Burns, Laryngeal and Speech Section, Medical Neurology Branch, NINDS; telephone:  301-594-5193.  For information about protocol 06-N-0120, contact Dr. Soren Lowell, Laryngeal and Speech Section, Medical Neurology Branch, NINDS; telephone: 301-401-5891.