This news section will help to keep you up to date on the latest research, new resources, upcoming events, and information about our community.
Join us on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at 6:30 PM EDT for our next webinar which will be an “Ask the Expert” session with Drs. C. Blake Simpson and Edie Hapner.
Watch the webinar with Dr. Gerald S. Berke, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board, on Advances in Spasmodic Dysphonia Research.
Parts I and II of Dr. Robert W. Bastian’s presentation, A Tour of Voice Disorders with a Focus on Spasmodic Dysphonia, is now available for viewing.
As part of a project of the Dystonia Coalition, researchers are currently collecting data from patients with spasmodic dysphonia (also known as laryngeal dystonia).
Read more about the ten recipients of the NSDA Research Travel Award for the 2021 Fall Voice Conference.
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Singer Jimmie Rodgers passed away. He served as an NSDA Honorary Director and was the Keynote Speaker at 2005 NSDA Symposium. Jimmie had a string of hits in the 50s and 60s including, Honeycomb and Kisses Sweeter than Wine, until spasmodic dysphonia took his singing voice away.
This past year has been anything but normal. In response, the NSDA adapted quickly to provide continued service and support to our community’s needs. NSDA President Charlie Reavis reflects on the many silver linings discovered during 2020.
New research out of the University of Pennsylvania explores the auditory feedback control of vocal pitch in spasmodic dysphonia.
Bruce Menk is no stranger to the NSDA. He served on our Board from 1993 to 1999 and was President for two of those years. He has served as pro bono Legal Counsel since he stepped down from the Board. With his recent retirement, he will no longer serve in that role, and will rejoin the NSDA Board.
We are excited to welcome Susan H. Boyles as the new pro bono Legal Counsel for the NSDA. Susan is a Partner at the international law firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. This contribution to the NSDA is very personal to her, as she has had spasmodic dysphonia since 1996.
Linda Thompson Kenis’ voice is a British national treasure. She and her first husband, Richard Thompson, are folk-rock icons who launched their careers in the early 1970s. Kenis achieved international fame – as part of the duo, as a solo performer, and as a songwriter. Unfortunately, Linda developed spasmodic dysphonia at a young age.
The theme of this issue is Turning Points. Inspired by the twists and turns of this year, 2020 has taught us collectively to be more flexible and accepting of change. In this 40-page issue, you will also find research updates, NSDA news, helpful tools and a review of support and awareness programs.