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Face Transplant Surgery: A New Case Study

A new case study out of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Developmentfinds that face transplant surgery in patients who have experienced severe facial trauma can improve speech production.

Face transplantation is one of the most extensive facial reconstructive procedures available. The procedure involves the partial or total replacement of nerves, muscles and skeletal structures of the face, head, and neck using donor tissues. With only 41 facial transplant procedures performed worldwide to date, this case study adds to the very limited literature documenting speech production outcomes post-facial transplant. The surgery – which was the first in New York State – was performed by experts at NYU Langone Health’s Face Transplant Program, led by Eduardo Rodriguez, MD, DDS, the Helen L. Kimmel Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and chair of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery.

“Our findings provide a window into the complex recovery process following major facial reconstruction and serve as an important foundation from which we can begin to understand how facial transplant can improve speech production preoperatively to postoperatively,” said Maria I. Grigos, the study’s lead author and associate professor of communicative sciences and disorders at NYU Steinhardt. “Among the many remarkable patterns observed, we found that the patient displayed more flexible control of facial movement as he adapted to the transplanted structures.”

Research Method

Using optical tracking, a form of motion tracking technology, Grigos and her team were able to examine first-hand how the facial transplant procedure alters movement of the face and contributes to improved speech production. Researchers compared data from the case study patient – a male victim who suffered third- and fourth-degree burns and major soft tissue loss in a fire – against four adult males who had not experienced severe facial trauma.

The patient’s speech production and facial movements were examined once before the procedure and four times in the 13 months following the procedure. Movements of the patient’s lips and jaw, as well as the intelligibility of his speech, were compared pre- to post-tranplant and then tracked across the recovery period.

“The remarkable changes that we captured in this patient reflect the multiple processes involved in the reintegration of neuromuscular control and in the learning of new strategies over the recovery period. Such adaptability is a positive indicator that treatment to improve speech production can be effective post–facial transplant surgery,” continued Grigos.

In addition to Grigos, the study’s co-authors include Eduardo D. Rodriguez, Étoile LeBlanc, J. Rodrigo Diaz-Siso and Natalie Plana of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Health, as well as Christina Hagedorn of the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.

NYU and its affiliated medical center, NYU Langone Health, continue to be pioneers in face transplant surgery and research.

About the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Located in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development prepares students for careers in the arts, education, health, media and psychology. Since its founding in 1890, the Steinhardt School’s mission has been to expand human capacity through public service, global collaboration, research, scholarship, and practice. To learn more about NYU Steinhardt, visit steinhardt.nyu.edu.

MAGGIE ROGERS’ DEBUT ALBUM

Acclaimed producer/songwriter/performer Maggie Rogers will release her Capitol Records debut album, Heard It In A Past Life, on January 18, 2019 Her new single, Light On is out today, and available to stream/download here Written by Rogers, the song was produced by Greg Kurstin + Kid Harpoon + Rogers and premiered as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Apple Music’s Beats 1. The official video for Light On will premiere soon.
This song is a letter to my fans about the last two years of my life, says Rogers. There was so much change that happened so fast, I wasn’t always sure how to make all this stuff feel like me. I was really overwhelmed for a while, and scared too, my life became so public so fast and there were times I wasn’t sure that this was all for me. But I never had doubts about the music. And every night I got on stage and was reminded why I love doing this. This is the most vulnerable Love felt in a song and its me saying thank you for all the light my fans brought me when I couldn’t find it for myself. I love music more than anything else in the whole world and I always have. This song is me actively choosing this life, in my way and in my time. I couldn’t be more excited that Light On is out in the world today.
Heard It In A Past Life is now available for pre-order in CD, digital and vinyl formats. Fans who pre-order the digital album will instantly receive five tracks: Light On plus the previously released Give A Little, Alaska, On + Off and Falling water. See below for the full track listing.
Tickets for Rogers’ fall headline tour, which includes two nights at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, have sold out, and the high demand is bringing her to larger venues. In December, she will join Mumford & Sons as direct support on their 2018 North American arena tour, which includes shows at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and New York City’s Madison Square Garden. See below for itinerary. Tickets are available here.
Heard It In A Past Life includes the song that introduced Rogers to the world, Alaska, which has accrued over 100 million global combined streams to date. The album also contains the follow-up singles Falling water, praised by NPR, a celebration of the terrifying yet thrilling process of change and Give A Little, Pitchfork hailed as cathartic pop song about empathy and unity.
Maggie Rogers grew up in Easton, Maryland. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she released her critically acclaimed debut EP, Now That The Light Is Fading. The BBC, Tidal, Google Play, Vevo, Pandora and numerous publications including Rolling Stone, NYLON, SPIN, Billboard and more have tipped her as an artist to watch. NPR named her one of its Favorite Musicians and The New Yorker declares, Maggie Rogers is an artist of her time.

Charles Wachter

Charles Wachter is the Emmy Award-winning founder and president of Hard Twenty. He has produced over thirty television series, most recently he served as the executive producer and show-runner for Apple’s Planet of the Apps, MTV’s Fear Factor, as well as numerous network and cable television shows including Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution for ABC, King of the Nerds  for TBS, and the reboot of American Gladiators for NBC. Prior to alternative television, Charles was an English major at Yale, a Sundance Film Festival Institute Finalist, and has a graduate degree in film from NYU. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.