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Media Contact: Janet Christenbury 17 October 2006    
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National Spasmodic Dysphonia Expert Speaks at Emory Crawford Long Hospital
The Emory Voice Center welcomes guest speaker Christy Ludlow, PhD, chief of the Laryngeal and Speech Section of the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke, to the first gathering of the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Support Group of Atlanta on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Dr. Ludlow will discuss the latest treatment and research for spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological voice disorder that often sounds like the person is straining to talk or the voice drops out during a conversation.

"Dr. Ludlow is one of the nation's top experts and researchers in spasmodic dysphonia, and was involved in the first Botox research trial for spasmodic dysphonia at the National Institutes of Health," says Edie R. Hapner, PhD, CCC-SLP, assistant professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Emory University School of Medicine, and director of Speech-Language Pathology at the Emory Voice Center.

"Botox is one of the most common and most successful treatments used today for spasmodic dysphonia," says Dr. Hapner. "Injections are given directly into the vocal cords to weaken the spasms brought on by the condition, helping the voice to sound normal again. Dr. Ludlow will talk about her work in this area, plus other exciting research in the field."

The meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7:15 pm in the Glenn Education Building auditorium at Emory Crawford Long Hospital, 550 Peachtree St., Atlanta. The Glenn Education Building is located beside the Medical Office Tower. Parking is available in the high-rise parking deck next to the Medical Office Tower, then take the elevators to the F-level and follow the signs to the auditorium.

The Emory Voice Center is co-sponsor of the meeting.

For more information, contact Tamra Bolles at 770-795-9908. This event is free and open to the public.

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