Movement Disorders

Movement Disorders Theme Leader

Professor Adam Vogel

NeuS Director


People with progressive brain disorder often experience difficulties speaking, eating and drinking. Despite the critical importance of these skills for daily life, little research exists on how communication and swallowing deteriorates over time in this group of disorders. Importantly, how we then respond to this change to effectively treat these problems is even less well understood. We aim to address how these behaviours evolve over the course of disease, how best to measure them and how to maintain function in the face of degeneration.

Overall, we sort to improve speech, language and swallowing function in people with progressive and acquired neurological conditions.

Potential projects

These research project are available to PhD students to join as part of their thesis. Please contact the Theme Leader to discuss your options.

  • Motor speech in progressive and acquired neurological conditions
  • Feeding behaviours and swallowing in progressive and acquired neurological conditions
  • Communication in healthy ageing
  • Speech as a measure of disease progression and treatment efficacy in Parkinson's disease
  • SpeechATAX: a home-based, speech therapy program in patients with Hereditary Ataxias


  • Prof Martin Delatycki, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • Prof Matthis Synofik, Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Science
  • Prof Dr Ludger Schöls Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Science
  • A/Prof Gabrielle Todd, University of South Australia
  • Dr Louise Corben, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • Dr Rachel Burt, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • Prof Colette McKay, Bionics Institute
  • Prof Hugh McDermott, Bionics Institute
  • Dr Thushara Perera, Bionics Institute
  • Dr Ellika Schalling, Karolinksa Institute
  • Dr Thanasis Tsanas, Univeristy of Edinburgh
  • Prof Awan Shaheen, Bloomberg University
  • Dr Maria Luisa Scattoni, NIH
  • Dr Anneke Van der Walt, Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Dr Mark Walterfang, Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Prof Luis Velázquez-Pérez, CIRAH, Cuba
  • Dr Amy Brodtmann, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • A/Prof David Darby, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Dr Maya Henry, University of Texas
  • Prof Maria-Luisa Gorno-Tempini, UCSF

Seminal work

Birchall, O., Bennett, M., Lawson, N., Cotton, S., Vogel, A.P. Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing and Videofluoroscopy Swallowing Assessment in Adults in Residential Care Facilities: A Scoping Review Protocol. JBI Evid Synth. 2020;18(3):599-609.

Zaga, C.J., Berney, S., Vogel, A.P. The Feasibility, Utility, and Safety of Communication Interventions with Mechanically Ventilated Intensive Care Unit Patients: A Systematic Review. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2019;28(3):1335-1355.

Vogel, A.P., Stoll, L.H., Oettinger, A., Rommel, N., Kraus, E.M., Timmann, D., et al. Speech Treatment Improves Dysarthria in Multisystemic Ataxia: A Rater-Blinded, Controlled Pilot-Study in Arsacs. J Neurol. 2019;266(5):1260-1266.

Tamplin, J., Morris, M.E., Marigliani, C., Baker, F.A., Vogel, A.P. Parkinsong: A Controlled Trial of Singing-Based Therapy for Parkinson's Disease. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2019;33(6):453-463.

Paynter, C., Cruice, M., Mathers, S., Gregory, H., Vogel, A.P. Communication and Cognitive Impairments and Health Care Decision Making in Mnd: A Narrative Review. J Eval Clin Pract. 2019;25(6):1182-1192.

Magee, M., Copland, D., Vogel, A.P. Motor Speech and Non-Motor Language Endophenotypes of Parkinson's Disease. Expert Rev Neurother. 2019;19(12):1191-1200.

Keage, M., Delatycki, M.B., Dyer, J., Corben, L.A., Vogel, A.P. Changes Detected in Swallowing Function in Friedreich Ataxia over 12 Months. Neuromuscul Disord. 2019;29(10):786-793.

Chan, J.C.S., Stout, J.C., Vogel, A.P. Speech in Prodromal and Symptomatic Huntington's Disease as a Model of Measuring Onset and Progression in Dominantly Inherited Neurodegenerative Diseases. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2019;107:450-460.

Vogel, A.P., Rommel, N., Oettinger, A., Stoll, L.H., Kraus, E.M., Gagnon, C., et al. Coordination and Timing Deficits in Speech and Swallowing in Autosomal Recessive Spastic Ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay (Arsacs). J Neurol. 2018;265(9):2060-2070.

Noffs, G., Perera, T., Kolbe, S.C., Shanahan, C.J., Boonstra, F.M.C., Evans, A., et al. What Speech Can Tell Us: A Systematic Review of Dysarthria Characteristics in Multiple Sclerosis. Autoimmun Rev. 2018;17(12):1202-1209.

Lewis, C., Walterfang, M., Velakoulis, D., Vogel, A.P. A Review: Mealtime Difficulties Following Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2018;46(5-6):285-297.

Vogel, A.P., Wardrop, M.I., Folker, J.E., Synofzik, M., Corben, L.A., Delatycki, M.B., et al. Voice in Friedreich Ataxia. J Voice. 2017;31(2):243 e249-243 e219.

Vogel, A.P., Rommel, N., Sauer, C., Horger, M., Krumm, P., Himmelbach, M., et al. Clinical Assessment of Dysphagia in Neurodegeneration (Cadn): Development, Validity and Reliability of a Bedside Tool for Dysphagia Assessment. J Neurol. 2017;264(6):1107-1117.

Vogel, A.P., Rommel, N., Oettinger, A., Horger, M., Krumm, P., Kraus, E.M., et al. Speech and Swallowing Abnormalities in Adults with Polg Associated Ataxia (Polg-a). Mitochondrion. 2017;37:1-7.

Vogel, A.P., Poole, M.L., Pemberton, H., Caverle, M.W.J., Boonstra, F.M.C., Low, E., et al. Motor Speech Signature of Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia: Refining the Phenotype. Neurology. 2017;89(8):837-844.

Poole, M.L., Brodtmann, A., Darby, D., Vogel, A.P. Motor Speech Phenotypes of Frontotemporal Dementia, Primary Progressive Aphasia, and Progressive Apraxia of Speech. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2017;60(4):897-911.

Keage, M.J., Delatycki, M.B., Gupta, I., Corben, L.A., Vogel, A.P. Dysphagia in Friedreich Ataxia. Dysphagia. 2017;32(5):626-635.