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July 3, 2017

Dr. Behroozmand has been awarded an NIH (NIDCD) K01 grant to study the "sensorimotor processing of auditory feedback in aphasia". The goal of this research project is to develop a model that uses the biomarkers of auditory feedback processing for probing the integrity of speech sensorimotor mechanism and its deficits in patients with post-stroke aphasia. This model will utilize neuroimaging (MRI) data to identify the patterns of brain damage and diminished structural connectivity within the auditory-motor networks in the left hemisphere that predict impaired sensorimotor processing of speech. The outcome of this translational line of research will advance our understanding of speech mechanisms and will improve diagnosis and treatment of speech disorders in patients with post-stroke aphasia.

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April 28, 2017

Dr. Behroozmand has received the USC ASPIRE grant for a project to study the effects of brain stimulation on speech and hand motor function in patients with Parkinson’s disease. The goal of this project is to assess the effectiveness of non-invasive brain stimulation technology (HD-tDCS) for treatment of speech and hand motor disorders in Parkinson’s disease. 

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April 21, 2017

PhD students Karim Johari at COMD Speech Neuroscience Lab presented a research poster on "Neural Correlates of Impaired Temporal Processing before Initiation and Inhibition of Speech and Hand Movement: Evidence from Parkinson's Disease" at USC Discovery Day in Columbia, SC.

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April 21, 2017

MSP students Erin Hurst, Meg Johnson, and Sarah Neal at COMD Speech Neuroscience Lab presented a research poster on "Neurobasis of Impaired Voice Motor Control in Parkinson's Disease" at USC Discovery Day in Columbia, SC. 

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April 6, 2017

USC undergraduate student Elizabeth Thompson has received the Magellan Scholars award for a project to investigate the effects of High-Definition Brain Stimulation (HD-tDCS) for speech and hand movement rehabilitation. This project will be conducted under Dr. Behroozmand’s supervision at USC Speech Neuroscience Lab.

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November 19, 2016

Dr. Behroozmand presents a research talk at the 2016 ASHA seminar on “Modulation of Sensory Systems Before and during Speech Production: Typical and Disordered Speech” in Philadelphia, PA.

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November 18, 2016

Speech Neuroscience Lab presents a poster on the “Neural Basis of Sensorimotor Adaptation in the Speech Production System” at the 2016 ASHA conference in Philadelphia, PA.

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November 14, 2016

Speech Neuroscience Lab presents a poster on the “Effects of STN Deep Brain Stimulation on Voice Motor Control in Parkinson’s Disease” at the 2016 Society for Neuroscience (SfN) conference in San Diego, CA.

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June 1, 2016

In collaboration with Dr. Jeremy Greenlee (PI) at the University of Iowa, Dr. Behroozmand (co-I) has been awarded an R01 NIH grant to study the "Neural Mechanisms of Vocal Communication in the Human Brain". The goal of this research project is to provide unique insights into the structure and function of the human sensory-motor network that underlies effective speech communication. This research is a significant contribution to developing novel treatment methods for neurological patients with speech disorders such as Parkinson's disease, stuttering, aphasia, schizophrenia and autism.

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May 3, 2016

Stacey Sangtian has defended her master’s thesis titled: “Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Planning during Vocal Motor Control”. In her project, Stacey utilized the application of EEG signal recordings from the human brain to identify biomarkers of motor planning in the vocal production system. Her novel project has paved the way toward developing an objective method to study speech motor disorders in patients with neurological impairments such as Parkinson’s disease.

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April 22, 2016

USC undergraduate students Caroline Hayden and Keiko Bridwell presented a research poster on “the effects of HD-tDCS on speech motor control” at USC Discovery Day. Caroline and Keiko have been working in Speech Neuroscience (PI: Roozbeh Behroozmand) and Neurolinguistics (PI: Dirk den Ouden) labs on a joint collaboration project as part of their Magellan Scholars award.

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March 4, 2016

Stacey Sangtian has received the 2016 Outstanding MSP Student Award in the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of South Carolina. Stacey is currently completing her Master’s thesis in the Speech Neuroscience Lab under the supervision of Dr. Behroozmand.

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March 3, 2016

Speech Neuroscience Lab presents a research talk at the Motor Speech Conference on the “Effects of Planning and Preparation on Behavioral and ERP Correlates of Speech Motor Control” in Newport Beach, CA from March 3-6.

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January 23, 2016

Speech Neuroscience Lab presents a research poster at the Department of Communication Disorders annual research festival in Columbia, SC.

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October 22, 2015

Speech Neuroscience Lab presents a research poster in the 45th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience held in Chicago, IL from October 17-21.

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September 3, 2015

Stacey Sangtian has been named recipients of the 2015 Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Stacey is a student in the Master of Speech-Language Pathology program, and was one of only 11 awardees chosen from applicants across the United States. She is currently completing her Master’s Thesis project in the Speech Neuroscience Lab under the supervision of Dr. Behroozmand.

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May 2, 2015

Undergraduate students in the Speech Neuroscience Lab and Neurolinguistics Lab presented their work at USC Discovery Day as part of their Magellan Scholars award. Caroline Hayden (PI: Roozbeh Behroozmand) and Keiko Bridwell (PI: Dirk den Ouden) presented preliminary data from an ongoing study on the effects of neuro-stimulation on speech motor control.

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March 30, 2015

In collaboration with Dr. Julius Fridriksson (PI), Director of the Aphasia lab at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Behroozmand (co-PI) has been awarded an R21 NIH grant on Speech Treatment Entrainment for Broca’s Aphasia.