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Kaye, Perkell Join NDCD Advisory Council

The National Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NDCD) Advisory Council announces the appointment of two new members. The NDCD Advisory Council advises the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, the National Institutes of Health’s director, and the NIDCD’s director on matters relating to the conduct and support of research and research training, health information dissemination, and other programs.

Joan Kaye

Ms. Kaye is the executive director of Sophie SoundCheck, a non-profit organization founded by her daughter to raise awareness of the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. The organization has sponsored workshops, school assembly programs, and fundraiser events nationwide. She has also collaborated with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, the United Nations’ Year of the Girl, and the Turkcell program, which supports education for girls with hearing impairments in rural Turkey.

Joseph Perkell, D.M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Perkell recently retired as senior research scientist at the Research Laboratory of Electronics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the MIT department of brain and cognitive sciences. He also held an appointment as an adjunct professor in the department of cognitive and neural systems at Boston University. His area of research expertise is control and coordination of the movements involved in speech articulation. He is a member of the Acoustical Society of America, the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association, Sigma Xi, and the Society for Neuroscience.

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