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.