Studying genetic links in voice disorders

• March 26, 2013 • Comments (2)

The National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association (“NSDA”) is co-funding a grant to study possible genetic causes of spasmodic dysphonia.  Dr. Tatiana Fuchs at Mount Sinai Medical Center is using a technique called exome sequencing to screen all genes in a family affected by spasmodic dysphonia, in order to identify a common gene mutation.  Hmmm, one of our Volunteers for Voice team members is a Toronto woman whose identical twin sister, living thousands of miles away, also has spasmodic dysphonia.

Currently, the cause of spasmodic dysphonia remains unknown, thus limiting treatment options.   The NSDA website also lists the 13 current spasmodic dysphonia research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health.



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  1. Jeanne Hammill says:

    thanks, Heather, I’ll try to contact Dr. Fuchs I would think that identical twins would be an asset to the study.

    • heathertalks says:

      For sure! If the docs can figure out the cause, they’ll be more than halfway to a cure. Thanks, Jeanne (and sis)!

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