NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will use $5 million in funding from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to correlate genetic factors and brain structure to identify, diagnose, and treat a vocal cord disorder that impairs speech.

The researchers are focused on understanding spasmodic dysphonia, a disorder arising in mid-life that causes interruptions in speech and can cause the voice to break up or sound strained but does not damage vocal cords or the throat.

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