Dr. Jordan R. Green is the Director of the MGH IHP Speech and Feeding Disorders Lab, and holds academic appointments in the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders at MGH Institutes of Health Professions, and at the Speech & Hearing Biosciences and Technology program at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Green was the guest speaker at a lecture organized by the MGH Gordon Center. Below is the presentation summary.
Progressive motor deterioration due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) leads to the eventual impairment of speech and swallowing function. Despite the devastating consequences of speech impairment to life quality, few options are available to objectively assess the integrity of the speech motor system and to assist impaired oral communication. The long-term goals of current research led by Dr. Green is to derive objective measures of speech performance that can be used to support diagnosis and clinical decision-making, and to develop new pathways of oral communication for the speech impaired (i.e., a real-time articulatory movement-driven speech synthesizer).