Brain Modulation and Speech Motor Control

Who we are

We are an interdisciplinary research group of Neurologists and Phoneticians in Cologne investigating the effect of drug treatment and deep brain modulation on speech motor control in movement disorders. Our special focus is currently on patients with Essential Tremor and Parkinson’s Disease.

Our research combines analysis of motor impairment, details about electrode location and estimation of the volume of tissue activation with detailed auditory, acoustic and articulatory analysis of the speech signal.

Our main aims are:

  • To characterise the side-effects of DBS involving speech motor control
  • To characterise the side-effects of drug treament involving speech motor control
  • To identify the causes of these side-effects
  • To optimise electrode location and stimulation parameters
  • To estimate the individual risk of these side-effects pre-operatively
  • To optimise possibilities for speech therapy