Neuroscience of Speech

Research Overview

The Neuroscience of Speech (NEUS) research group undertakes discovery, clinical and translational research into communication and swallowing deficits in adults (University of Melbourne node) and children (Murdoch Childrens Research Institute node).

The Melbourne Node of NEUS is an interdisciplinary group that seeks to improve how we recognise, describe and treat communication and swallowing problem in people with progressive neurological disorders (eg. dementia, ataxia).

The Melbourne node of NEUS offers 1-2 research internships each summer. Please visit the Summer Internship page to your right under Research Projects for further information.


Dr Elaina Kefalianos

Dr Megan Keage

Dr Matthew Poole

Dr Michelle Magee

Dr Ben Shultz



  • Monash University, Australia
  • Florey Neuroscience Institutes, Australia
  • Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Australia
  • The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Bionics Institute of Australia
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia
  • Cogstate, Melbourne & New Haven USA
  • The University of Queensland, Australia
  • The University of South Australia
  • University of Hong Kong, China


  • Karolinksa Institute, Sweden
  • Oxford University, UK
  • Hertie Institute of Clinical Brain Research, Tubingen, Germany
  • Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome Italy
  • Institute of Child Health, University College London, UK
  • Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands
  • Radboud University Medical Centre, Netherlands
  • University of Manchester, UK
  • University of Newcastle, UK
  • City University London, UK


  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of Texas - Austin
  • Northwestern University
  • Centro para la Investigación y Rehabilitación de las Ataxias, Holguin, Cuba


  • Australian Research Council
  • National Health & Medical Research Council
  • Friedreich Ataxia Research Alliance
  • National Ataxia Foundation
  • Telematics Trust
  • National Institutes of Health - Small Business Research
  • CogState Ltd
  • CASS Foundation
  • Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
  • Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • Ataxia Charlevoix-Saguenay Foundation
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen
  • Deutsche Heredo-Ataxie-Gesellschaft

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD, Honours students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Publications


Chan JSC, Stout JC, Vogel AP 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 Aug 13 pii: S0149-7634(19)30291-X. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.08.009.

Birchall O, Bennett M, Lawson N, Cotton S, Vogel AP Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing and videofluoroscopy swallowing assessment of adults in residential care facilities: a scoping review protocol. 2019 Jul 25. doi: 10.11124/JBISRIR-D-19-00015.

Vogel AP, Poole ML, Pemberton H, Caverlé MWJ, Boonstra FMC, Low E, Darby D, Brodtmann A. (2017) Motor speech signature of behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia: Refining the phenotype. Neurology. 2017 Aug 22;89(8):837-844. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000004248

Vogel AP, Rommel N, Sauer C, Horger M, Krumm P, Himmelbach M, Synofzik M. (2017) Clinical assessment of dysphagia in neurodegeneration (CADN): development, validity and reliability of a bedside tool for dysphagia assessment. J Neurol. 2017 Jun;264(6):1107-1117. doi: 10.1007/s00415-017-8499-7

Poole, M. L., Brodtmann, A., Darby, D., & Vogel, A. P. (2017). Motor Speech Phenotypes of Frontotemporal Dementia, Primary Progressive Aphasia, and Progressive Apraxia of Speech. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 1-15. doi:10.1044/2016_JSLHR-S-16-0140

Vogel, A. P., Fletcher, J., Snyder, P. J., Fredrickson, A., & Maruff, P. (2011). Reliability, stability, and sensitivity to change and impairment in acoustic measures of timing and frequency. Journal of Voice, 25(2), 137-149. doi:10.1016/j.jvoice.2009.09.003