January 27, 2020

Episode 1 - Hope Times Two

A Purdue professor's invention is helping Parkinson's patients communicate, and a therapy in development in a Purdue lab could be a breakthrough for children stricken with Niemann Pick Disease, a rare, fatal disease.

As a first-time entrepreneur, Jessica Huber didn’t know what to expect when she started to develop the SpeechVive device to help Parkinson’s patients. Collaborating with Purdue colleagues in biomedical engineering and other disciplines, the professor of speech, language and hearing sciences produced the device to help people with Parkinson’s disease regain their voices and a sense of normalcy in their daily lives. Huber describes in vivid terms defining moments that punctuated her innovation that’s making a difference for Parkinson’s patients.

In Part Two of the podcast, we hear from a remarkable mom and recent graduate of Purdue’s nursing school. Her story of tragedy and resilience has inspired all those who know her.

These two Boilermakers are living up to their Purdue potential. They are building a better world together.

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