Kinesiology professor Dr. Juergen Konczak awarded NIH grant
Dr. Juergen Konczak, biomechanics professor in Kinesiology, and Dr. Peter Watson, associate professor in the Dept. of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, were recently informed that their grant proposal, "Kinasesthetic Loss as a Marker for Spasmodic Dysphonia," will be funded by the NIH. The project will examine if patients with spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological voice disorder, have a generalized deficit in their sense of body awareness. If verified, kinaesthetic testing could be used to differentiate between this disease and other voice disorders with similar symptoms that require a different treatment. Much of the testing will be done in Dr. Konczak's Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory. The two professors are co-PIs on the grant, which has a funding level of $376,000.