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UF Chair of Communication Sciences and Disorders Appears on NBC's Dateline

Article Originally published in the April 2006 issue of CLASnotes.

Christine Sapienza, professor and chair of the Department of Communcation Sciences and Disorders, appeared on NBC's "Dateline" on
April 16 as part of a segment on Michael J. Fox.

Sapienza is the recipient of a $280,000 clinical discovery grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and is in the process of testing a device she invented, an expiratory muscle-strength trainer, which may have the capability of strengthening the swallowing muscles of Parkinson's patients. Aspiration pneumonia is the leading cause of death among those with the disease.

Read a transcript of the entire segment at:

For more on Sapienza's grant project:



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