Clinical Research



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The Duke Division of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery is at the forefront of clinical research and trials that seek to improve treatment for hearing and balance disorders, head and neck cancer, and disorders of the voice.

Research Highlights

  • The Duke Vestibular Disorders Clinic conducts clinical research to discover new therapies for people with balance disorders.
  • The division, working with the Duke Clinical Research Institute, is spearheading the formation of a practice-based clinical research network to enhance clinical research in hearing and balance disorders.
  • Division researchers have patented a laser Doppler flowmetry probe that provides real-time monitoring of blood flow in the inner ear and nerves during surgery for the removal of skull base tumors. This improved monitoring improves hearing preservation rates. The probe is also being used by the Division of Neurosurgery to monitor blood flow in at-risk portions of the brain during aneurysm surgery.
  • Research from the Duke Voice Care Center is documenting the prevalence of voice disorders and how they affect quality of life.
  • Duke enrolls patients in many clinical trials, including a multi-center trial accessing how chemoradiation versus laryngectomy for head and neck cancer affects swallowing and speech.

Learn more about clinical trials in the Department of Surgery