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Multidisciplinary Research Team Gives Voice to Airway Problems

August 22, 2013

The University of Missouri Voice, Swallow and Airway Center (VSAC)  is an example of the synergy that can occur when researchers from various unique disciplines collaborate. The VSAC was awarded a Mizzou Advantage grant in 2012. 

Story by:  College of Veterinary Medicine News

Two University of Missouri professors weren’t exactly on the same page, but they were close enough to bring them together in the creation of a multidisciplinary University of Missouri center.

Two years ago, while flipping through the pages of an MU Archives edition that held an article featuring his work, Matthew Page, an assistant professor of otolaryngology in the School of Medicine, spotted an article featuring the research of Teresa Lever, assistant professor of communication science and disorders in the School of Health Professions.

Struck by the common threads in their research, Page was compelled to contact Lever to see how they might work together. Their meeting launched the University of Missouri Voice, Swallow and Airway Center (VSAC).

In the weeks following, Joan Coates, College of Veterinary Medicine professor of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery, joined them — bringing a veterinary perspective to the project.

Since that time, the center has grown to envelop MU experts from various medical, scientific, engineering and artistic fields. The result is a cross-trained team of clinicians and researchers with complementary interests and a desire to make progress in correcting voice, swallowing, and airway problems that have resisted conventional clinical and research strategies.  See more…