Dr. Anke Ziethe, winner of the first NSDA Awards, with Dr. Robert Sataloff

Dysphonia International and The Voice Foundation present:
The Dysphonia International Research Award

The Dysphonia International Research Award shall be awarded by Dysphonia International and The Voice Foundation. The Award Committee shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Board of The Voice Foundation.

Dysphonia International is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by spasmodic dysphonia and related voice conditions through research, education, awareness, and support. Through this mission, there can be an improvement in the lives of people affected with spasmodic dysphonia, also referred to as laryngeal dystonia, along with vocal tremor, muscle tension dysphonia, and/or vocal fold paralysis.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Award consideration is open to investigators who are accepted to present research in the yearly Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice.
  • This award is for outstanding contribution to new research related to
  • Laryngeal Dystonia
  • Tremor
  • MTD
  • Vocal Fold Paralysis


This award is open to investigators who are accepted to present in the yearly Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice

To Enter: Please send the following in one pdf  to E-mail: [email protected]

  • Letter of intent – a short paragraph about your training and mentioning your research
  • A copy of your accepted abstract, and draft of proposed paper.
  • The application deadline is March 30, 2024.

Criteria and Selection

The winner will be selected by a committee and will be notified by The Voice Foundation on or before April 15th.

Selection will be based on a number of criteria including, but not limited to the quality of the study or studies, the impact of investigation on the field of voice, and the complexity of the work. The award will be given to an investigator who is the PRESENTING Author (and preference will be given if it is also the First Author). The committee members will use their own criteria to determine “excellence”.

Award Amount

The winner will receive:

  • An Award Certificate
  • $1,000 to support travel costs to The Voice Foundation Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice
  • Recognition in Voice Foundation and Dysphonia International Association’s materials.


The fellowship will be awarded at the next Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice, scheduled for May 29 – June 2, 2024 in Philadelphia, PA. The award presentation will take place on Saturday, June 1st, 2024.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact The Voice Foundation. E-mail: [email protected]

Founded in 1989, Dysphonia International is a not-for profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to advancing medical research into the causes of and treatments for SD, promoting physician and public awareness of the disorder, and providing support to those affected by SD through symposiums, support groups, and on-line resources.

Kimberly Kuman, Executive Director,
Dysphonia International

Award Winners

Dr. Peiyun Zhuang receiving the award for Dr. Xinlin Xu with Dr. Robert Sataloff


Xinlin Xu, MD
“Vocal Fold Vibration Opening Onset Abnormality in Patients With Adduction Spasmodic Dysphonia by Using Laryngeal High-Speed Endoscopy”
Xinlin Xu, MD, Peiyun Zhuang, MD 


Katherine L. Marks, PhD
Spectral Aggregate of the Fundamental Frequency and its Relationship to the
Primary Acoustic Features of Adductor Laryngeal Dystonia
Katherine L. Marks, PhD, Taylor F. Feaster, BA, Sarah Baker, CCC-SLP,
Manuel Díaz Cádiz, Philip C. Doyle, PhD, Cara E. Stepp, PhD  

Katherine L. Marks, 2022 NSDA winner with Dr. Robert Sataloff

2020 Virtual Voice

Arash Mahnan, PhD Candidate – University of Minnesota
Vibro Tactile Simulation as a Feasible SymptomaticTreatment for the Voice Disorder Spasmodic Dysphonia.
Authors: Arash Mahnan MS, Sanaz Khosravani PhD, Peter J. Watson PhD, Yang Zhang PhD, George Goding MD, Juergen Konczak PhD


Anke Ziethe, Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany
Analysis and Training of Feedback Mechanisms for Phonation and Speech in patients with Muscle Tension Dysphonia (MTD)
Anke Ziethe, Ulrich Hoppe, Christopher Bohr, Michael Döllinger,