Lab News

May 30, 2024
Dr. Divya Bhaskaran
Dr. Bhasakaran

Laryngeal dystonia (LD) is a task-specific focal dystonia of laryngeal muscles that impairs speech and voice production. At present, there is no cure for LD. The HSCL team, together with colleagues in Otolaryngology and the Dept. of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, has worked on an intervention that applies vibration to the neck to reduce voice symptoms in people with LD. The first results of an randomized clinical trial show that over 50% of participants responded to vibro-tactile stimulation and showed improvements in their voice symptoms. The findings are published in the journal Frontiers of Neurology

May 22, 2024

Jürgen Konczak, Director of the HSC Lab, was invited by the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland to give the annual Clark-Whitall Lecture on Motor Development. The title of his lecture was The silent sense and motor control during the life span. It outlined how proprioceptive information that is used to control muscle tone and to become aware of our body develops from childhood to old age and how it impacts the motor control for balance and our every-day activities. 

May 15, 2024
Cover of journal Neurological Sciences

Cervical dystonia is a neurological disorder that leads to persistent, uncontrollable muscle spasms of neck muscles. People affected have an altered head posture and often experience persistent pain. Results from a new multi-center clinical trial show that vibro-tactile stimulation of neck muscles, a new treatment approach developed in the HSC Laboratory, can alleviate pain of people affected by the disease, The findings of this study are now published in the journal Neurological Sciences.  Two former doctoral students Jiapeng Xu and Jinseok Ok are first and coauthor of the publication. The study was an international collaboration with the University of Calgary in Canada and the University of Genova and La Sapienza University of Rome in Italy.

March 21, 2024
Konczak at talk at La Sapienza University Roma_2024

Jürgen Konczak presented the lab's latest research on the use of vibro-tactile stimulation to treat focal dystonia of the head, neck and voice in a university-wide seminar at the University of Rome. The talk was organized as a hybrid meeting by the Department of Neurology and Neuroscience and had over 60 attendees from clinical, engineering and basic sciences.



March 1, 2024

Jürgen Konczak, PhD, visited the Istituto Italiano diTecnologia in Genoa, Italy and gave a seminar on translating basic research into medical technology. He spoke about his group's research on developing vibrotactile stimulation technology to treat dystonia.