Pediatric Airway, Voice and Swallowing Research and Education
The Center is actively involved in clinical research with the goal of improving care. Projects include:
- An examination of voice outcomes after laryngotracheal reconstruction
- An investigation into the role of gastroesophageal reflux in cough, asthma and airway stenosis
- Identification of best practices for diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease
- An examination of the adolescent population with paradoxical vocal fold motion
- Development of new instruments such as flexible stroboscopy
- Development of outcomes measures to explore pediatric voice related quality of life
- A clinical study of the use of the 585mm pulsed dye laser to treat juvenile recurrent respiratory papillomatosis and to achieve maximum voice preservation
- Development of a comprehensive and reliable method for diagnosing velopharyngeal insufficiency, along with an examination of resonance-related quality of life measures and outcomes of surgical corrective procedures
- An NIH-funded clinical trial that investigates the benefits of voice therapy in managing vocal nodules in children ages 6 through 10 years old.
- A pilot study, launched in 2015 for children with the goal of identifying new medical treatments for Juvenile Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis (JRRP). For more information, please contact PediAirway_Research@meei.harvard.edu.
Medical students and residents in otolaryngology, laryngology and pediatrics find countless opportunities for specialized learning in the activities of the Center. The Center also plays a key role in the pediatric otolaryngology fellowship program.
The Center staff also stays active in continuing medical education programs in conjunction with the American Academy of Otolaryngology and the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology.