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NIH Holds First Workshop on Spasmodic Dysphonia Research

On June 23–24, 2005, the Research Planning Workshop on Spasmodic Dysphonia (SD), co-sponsored by the NIDCD and other organizations, was held at the NIH in Bethesda, MD. Bringing together 14 world-renowned SD researchers, the workshop was the first to be held solely to develop a "roadmap" for SD research.

Currently, little is understood about the cause of spasmodic dysphonia. Although the condition manifests in the larynx, researchers believe the abnormality resides in the brain. Involvement of neuroscientists working in collaborative teams is imperative to lay the groundwork for research and to help set the priorities to identify the neurological abnormalities that cause the disorder.

A white paper will be produced from this meeting for publication in medical journals as well as for distribution at medical conferences. To obtain a copy of the paper, please contact the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association at 800-795-6732 or via e-mail at NSDA@dysphonia.org.

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