Voice and Speech

Research Project Opportunity with a team of graduate students from University of Limerick are investigating the measurement of voice and speech characteristics.

The graduates are now looking for volunteers to take part. Please see the details below.

Our names are Gavin O’Duffy, Isobel Cuddigan and JP Swaine and we are currently conducting our research project as part of our MSc in Digital Health Transformation in the University of Limerick. If you are over 18 and are a proficient English speaker, we would appreciate your participation in our study.

What’s the project about?
This study will examine the measurement of voice characteristics to help track the progression of Parkinson’s Disease(PD). The purpose of this project is to see if effective monitoring of speech and voice can be conducted by individuals with Parkinson’s Disease
in their own homes.

What will I need to do?
This research study will involve participants both with PD and also people who do not have PD, recording themselves (audio only) using a phone, tablet, laptop or computer while reading a passage of text and completing specific speech tasks (saying ‘ahhhh’ for as long as possible and repeating “pa-pa-pa” as many times as they can. The total time will take less than 10 minutes. Participants are asked to complete the exercise twice in one day, and again 2-3 weeks later.

How is my data protected?
Any data collected will remain completely confidential and only used for this study. Data will be stored securely. No identifying information will be used, you will only be asked to provide your gender and age. Ethical approval for the project has been granted by the Faculty of Science & Engineering Research Ethics Committee.

If you are interested but I would like some more information, please email any one of us:
Isobel Cuddigan 21370745@studentmail.ul.ie,
JP Swaine 21370737@studentmail.ul.ie
Gavin O’Duffy 21381372@studentmail.ul.ie

Our supervisor can be contacted via email at annette.mcelligott@ul.ie.

We can provide you with any additional information you may want and answer any questions you may have.

To sign up and participate in the study, please click on this link: https://eopd.airfieldresearch.com/.  For the best results, please do the exercises in a quiet space, preferably indoors.  When you repeat the exercise, please use the same location.

All the best,
Isobel Cuddigan, JP Swaine & Gavin O’Duffy