In the Lab: 

                         FEES Exam                      

Nasal Endoscopy/Stroboscopy

  Our state-of-the-art nasal endoscopy equipment enables visualization of the pharynx and larynx for fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) and for assessment of vocal fold function related to airway protection and voice quality. 


Orolingual Pressures for Speech and Swallowing 

With this technology, we can objectively measure and document lip and tongue strength. This informs clinical diagnostics and can also be used to set therapeutic targets and provide biofeedback during exercises.


Scale, beakers, and ingredients                               lemon

Taste Stimulation Lab

 The SISC Lab includes a fully equipped taste laboratory capable of preparing precise, custom-mixed taste stimuli for a range of research and clinical applications.



University and Community Collaborators: 

Neuroimaging Partners

MRI of brain              MRI suite

Through the Center for Brain, Behavior and Biology (CB3), we have access to a range of neuroimaging tools that enable non-invasive assessment of neural activity during a range of activities. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), electroencephalography (EEG), eye-tracking, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) are currently available, with plans to add Magnetic Encephalography (MEG) in 2016. 

Our Partners Are:

Center for Brain, Behavior and Biology (CB3)-     

Clinical Partners

VFSS image

The SISC Lab has strong ties to several local and regional health care partners including Madonna Rehab, Bryan Health, and University of Nebraska Medical Center. These relationships enable the development of clinically meaningful research studies, and provide access to radiology technology and patient populations to support our work.  

Our Partners Are:

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospistal
Bryan Medical Center
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Research Partners    

Collaborations with researchers around the world enhance the quality of our research and extend its applicability to realms beyond the field of communication disorders.

Our Partners Are:

EMST                Soldiers

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Swallowing disorders as a consequence of combat-related trauma, measures of airway resistance using a field-ready portable airflow perturbation device.

Anatomical landmarks of swallow                                                                      

Augusta University, Medical College of Georgia 
Anatomically-based coordinate system to quantify swallowing movements relative to each other.

Computer model of swallow
University of British Columbia
Parametric Human Project with computer modelers in Electrical and Computer Engineering.