10th International AQL Conference

and Student Workshops

Advances in Quantitative Laryngology, Voice and Speech Research

Keynote Speakers

Prominent otolaryngology experts will address the AQL 2013 Conference on the clinical needs for and the challenges to Quantitative Laryngology, Voice and Speech Research in the areas of adult and pediatric voice.

Gerald BerkeGerald Berke, MD
Dr. Berke is the Chief and Professor at the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, University of California Los Angeles, and Principal Investigator of the UCLS Laryngeal Physiology Laboratory. Dr. Berke is considered by his peers to be an international authority on laryngeal physiology. As a result of many years of continuous research funding, Dr. Berke's studies have produced the foundation for an extraordinarily productive voice laboratory dedicated to the assessment of laryngeal function. Currently, Dr. Berke is working on requirements for organ and nerve preservation for eventual laryngeal transplantation in humans.



Robin CottonRobin Cotton, MD
Dr. Cotton is a Professor at the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and at the Departments of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Cotton has built the world's premiere center for the diagnosis and treatment of airway abnormalities. He was instrumental in developing the Aerodigestive Sleep Center, which is now the forefront of the multidisciplinary approach management for children with complex airway disorders. Together, Dr. Cotton and his colleagues have developed a world-renowned program to treat primary and specialized ear, nose and throat problems, including swallowing disorders, voice and speech disorders, and cochlear implants.



Marshall SmithMarshall Smith, MD
Dr. Smith is a Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Utah and the Medical Director of the Voice Disorders Center. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology at UCLA and a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He is an NIH-funded investigator conducting research on various voice disorders, including laryngeal tremor and learyngeal paralysis. His interests also include pediatric voice and dysphonia after airway reconstruction.



Mark CoureyMark Courey, MD
Dr. Courey is a Professor at the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of California San Francisco and the Director of the UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center. Dr. Courey specializes in the management of professionals with vocal difficulties, vocal fold paralysis, airway obstruction, spasmodic dysphonia, respiratory papillomatosis, vocal fold nodules, polyps and cysts and laryngeal cancer. He conducts research on rehabilitation of the paralyzed larynx, extra esophageal reflux disease (EER) and the evaluation of laryngeal response to surgical intervention and injection laryngoplasty.


Drs. Berke and Cotton will present the keynote addresses on the first day of the AQL Conference, June 3rd, 2013. Drs. Smith and Courey will present the keynote lectures on the second day of AQL, June 4th, 2013. Each day, the keynote presentations will be followed by discussion panels, at which the participants will have the chance to ask questions and discuss new ideas and directions for clinically-driven translational research in voice.