Welcome to the Voice and Swallowing Research Lab at East Carolina University. The Lab is directed by Dr. Balaji Rangarathnam, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at ECU. The primary focus of the lab is to understand neurophysiology of swallowing and develop efficacious treatment methods for neurogenic dysphagia and hyperfunctional voice disorders. We are particularly interested in investigating the contribution of brain structures, other than the traditionally accepted cortical (premotor cortex) and the medullary brainstem structures, to healthy swallowing. Specifically, we are interested in understanding the role of cerebellum in healthy swallowing and recovery from dysphagia. We are also interested in developing and demonstrating the efficacy of treatment methods for vocal hyperfunction.
We are located in Room 2310-J and 2310-M, Health Sciences Building, Greenville, NC, 27834.
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