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Voice and Swallowing (Throat Problems)

Voice and Swallowing (Throat Problems) Research

Vocal Cord Dysfunction Study - Looking for Participants

Do you experience any of the following?

  • Asthma
  • Shortness of breath due to exercise or stress
  • Paradoxical vocal fold motion (PVFM)
  • Vocal cord dysfunction (VCD)

If so, and you're over 12 years old, you are a good candidate for our breathing retraining study. BMC and the University of Haifa are conducting a joint study on a breathing retraining program for paradoxical vocal fold motion - PVFM (also known as vocal cord dysfunction: VCD).

PVFM can look a lot like an asthma attack, including shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. However, PVFM will not respond to asthma medication. Also, unlike asthma, a person will have more difficulty inhaling than exhaling. This is a common disorder among athletes; physical exertion can be a trigger.

Contact Information for study

Hadas Golan, MS/CCC-SLP
Call: 617.414.1768
Email: [email protected]
Location: 830 Harrison Avenue, Suite 1425


The STEPP LAB for Sensorimotor Rehabilitation Engineering is affiliated with the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery through principal investigator, Dr. Cara Stepp. They are a multidisciplinary group of researchers with the shared goal of improving the assessment and treatment of sensorimotor disorders of voice and speech, applying techniques from electrical engineering, computer science, rehabilitation engineering, neuroscience, laryngology, speech science, and communication disorders. Ongoing studies in the lab are in collaboration with clinician-investigators with primary appointments in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.