Leading-Edge Clinical and Translational Research

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The Duke Division of Head and Neck Surgery and Communication Sciences is at the forefront of clinical and translational research in otolaryngology, audiology, and speech pathology.

Clinical Research

Our division is leading in clinical research and trials that seek to improve treatment for hearing and balance disorders, head and neck cancer, and voice disorders and speech pathology.

Current research programs are related to:

  • Practice-based clinical research (CHEER network)
  • Vestibular disorders
  • Assistive technology
  • Outcomes measurement
  • Perceptual speech characteristics in people with Down Syndrome
  • The effects of respiratory muscle training in people with Pompe disease

Learn more about our clinical research.

Translational Research

Duke OHNS operates a translational research program in Cancer Immunology, led by Walter Lee, MD, that seeks to understand patients’ immune responses to cancer and use that understanding to prevent recurrences and metastases. Learn more about our translational research.

Resident Research

Our residents program offers residents research training, including training in research methods and experience in investigation clinical issues. Each year, each resident has an opportunity to design, execute, and analyze a research project under the direction of a mentor. To learn more, visit our residency program pages.

Collaborate with Us

Collaborative research is a benchmark of the Duke Division of Head and Neck Surgery and Communication Sciences research program.

A number of research endeavors in the division involving collaborators from diverse disciplines are focused on improving patient care in the near future. These efforts include:

  • Clinical trials
  • Development of innovative devices and materials
  • A head and neck tumor biorepository