Emily Plowman, PhD, CCC-SLP, of CSD receives R21 grant to fund ALS research

Emily Plowman, PhD, CCC-SLP, of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, has received a R21 grant in the amount of $214,548 for her study entitled "Effects of Strength training on bulbar Function in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis" from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

The study will provide valuable insight into the role of strength training to gain muscular strength and endurance for improving bulbar function in persons with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). It will help guide future research and treatment for this disorder by providing better treatment strategies for swallowing dysfunction in patients suffering from ALS. The study aims to improve quality of life and create reductions in individual healthcare costs, total economic burden, caregiver burden, aspiration pneumonia, as well as ultimately reduce the mortality rate for those suffering from the disease.

- By Theresa L Woods