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Meet NIDCD Scientists and Grantees

A brief look at the work and ideas of some of the NIDCD's own researchers, as well as scientists whose work is funded by the NIDCD. You can also go to our Science Faculty page to see a complete list of NIDCD scientists and the research they do.

Photo: Kristina SimonyanKristina Simonyan, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neurology and otolaryngology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York

Q&A with Kristina Simonyan, M.D., Ph.D., on spasmodic dysphasia and her research on the disorder.

 

Photo: Diane BlessDiane Bless, Ph.D., NIDCD grantee, professor emeritus of surgery and communicative disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Q&A with Diane Bless, Ph.D., on the changes she has seen in vocal disorder treatment over the course of her career.

 

Photo: Douglas Drayna,

Dennis Drayna, Ph.D., Chief, Section on Systems Biology of Communication Disorders,Laboratory of Communication Disorders

Text interview with Dennis Drayna, Ph.D.

Dr. Drayna's team, along with colleagues from the University of Punjab, the Hollins Communications Research Institute, the National Human Genome Research Institute, and the NIH Clinical Center, recently published a study that identified three genes as a source of stuttering in volunteers from Pakistan, the U.S., and England. Read the press release here. Dr. Drayna answered some questions about his study (text-only).

Photo: Andrew GriffithAndrew Griffith, M.D., Ph.D., Scientific Director

Text interview of Andrew Griffith, M.D., Ph.D., Scientific Director

Dr. Griffith was recently named scientific director for the NIDCD intramural research program. We talked to Dr. Griffith about the new job, his vision for the future, and other topics. Here are some excerpts (text-only) from our conversation.

Photo: Matthew KelleyMatthew W. Kelley, Ph.D., Chief,
Developmental Neuroscience Section

Interview with Dr. Matthew Kelley, Q and A on Noise and Hearing Loss (full interview, 6 minutes)

Individual questions and answers from the full interview with Dr. Kelley

Photo: Lana ShekimLana Shekim, Ph.D., Program Director for the NIDCD
Voice and Speech Program

Interview with Lana Shekim, Q and A on Voice Disorders (full interview, 6 minutes)

Individual questions and answers from the full interview with Dr. Shekim

Photo: Ingo Titze and PavarobottiIngo R. Titze, Ph.D., NIDCD Grantee

Dr. Titze directs the National Center for Voice and Speech, located at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and University of Iowa. We talked to Dr. Titze about his background, his research, and Pavarobotti (a voice simulator/singing robot that Dr. Titze designed).

  • Video: Pavarobotti, a voice simulator/singing robot designed by Dr. Titze
  • Interview (text only): Musically Gifted Engineer Hits a High Note in Voice Research

Photo: Robert HillmanRobert Hillman, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School; research director of the Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation at Massachusetts General Hospital

Article on research conducted by Robert Hillman, Ph.D.

This NIDCD-supported scientist has developed a system that uses a smart phone app and a miniature recording device to keep track of how people use their voices for a full week’s worth of talking. Read about the device—so small that rocker Steven Tyler once wore it during a concert—and how it could advance the accuracy of voice disorder diagnosis here.

Photo: Kittie Verdolini AbbottKittie Verdolini Abbot, Ph.D., professor of communication science and disorders in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Services at the University of Pittsburgh

Text question-and-answer session with Kittie Verdolini Abbot, Ph.D.

Read a Q & A with Kittie Verdolini Abbot, Ph.D., a professor of communication science and disorders in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Services at the University of Pittsburgh, about the special challenges teachers face when it comes to protecting their voices.

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