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Join us on September 11 for the Inaugural Talk in the New NIDCD Speaker Series

All NIH staff and the public are invited to attend Beyond the Lab, Understanding Communication Disorders, a new speaker series sponsored by NIDCD


September 15, 2014 update:
Watch an archived webcast of this talk on the NIH videocast website.


September 2, 2014

On Thursday, September 11, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will launch its new speaker series, Beyond the Lab, Understanding Communication Disorders, with a talk by NIDCD scientist Dennis Drayna, Ph.D.

Designed for NIH administrative and support staff as well as scientists, and also open to the public, the series offers the opportunity to learn about the NIDCD’s research advances in communication disorders—conditions that will directly affect about one in six Americans. The goal of the series is to present the science of NIDCD mission areas in ways that everyone can understand. In addition, the NIH Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will highlight resources available at the NIH for people who are affected by stuttering.

“Stuttering has a surprisingly high genetic component,” says Dr. Drayna. “Finding the genes involved in stuttering is producing exciting results, leading us to a better understanding about the cause of this disorder.”

  • What: “How NIDCD research is leading to an understanding of stuttering,” the inaugural talk in the NIDCD’s Beyond the Lab, Understanding Communication Disorders speaker series
  • Who: Dennis Drayna, Ph.D., Chief, NIDCD Section on Systems Biology of Communication Disorders
  • When: Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Where: Porter Neuroscience Research Center 35A, Room 640, on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland

Dr. Drayna received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1981, and completed postdoctoral training at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Utah. He joined the NIDCD in 1997, and has focused on applying the tools of human genetics and genomics to a range of topics within the mission of the institute, including disorders of auditory pitch perception and disorders of voice and speech. Dr. Drayna’s recent research has focused on the genetics and neuroscience of stuttering.

This program is a collaboration between the NIDCD’s Office of Health Communication and Public Liaison and the NIDCD Division of Intramural Research, in conjunction with the NIH Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. For questions or reasonable accommodation requests, contact Robert Miranda-Acevedo at 301-496-7243 or email