News and Congratulations
Congratulations to Dr. Anaïs Rameau, KL2 Scholar Alumna, on receiving the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award. She is the first otolaryngologist to receive this prestigious grant from the NIH. Per Dr. Rameau, “This K76 would not have been possible without the support of the CTSC!”
The over-arching goals of Dr. Rameau’s Beeson proposal are to two-fold: first, to develop an easy-to-use, highly accurate bedside clinical decision support tool to identify swallowing dysfunction in older adults using analysis of features of their recorded voice, cough and speech; and second, to become a leader in the nascent field of geriatric otolaryngology with a focus on management of communication and swallowing issues in older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD).
Dr. Rameau is currently an Assistant Professor of otolaryngology, Director of New Technologies in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and a laryngologist at Weill Cornell Medicine’s Sean Parker Institute for the Voice. She started her research with the CTSC in 2018, when she was appointed as a KL2 Scholar Award to conduct research on bedside aspiration screening using artificial neural networks in the recognition of the “wet" voice.” Her KL2 research focused on the use of artificial neural network strategies to isolate acoustic parameters across all patients with dysphagia and establish a universal voice screen for aspiration risk. Her KL2 mentoring team included Holger Klinck, PhD, Director of the K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics, Cornell University, and Fei Wang, PhD, Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences, Weill Cornell Medicine.
The CTSC KL2 Career Development Program supports junior faculty and senior residents and fellows by providing salary support, protected time, advanced degree training, and practical skills necessary to conduct interdisciplinary Clinical Translational Investigation within a team research environment.