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The Motor Function, Speech and Rehabilitation Study Section reviews applications on normal and disordered motor function, including speech and voice production. Function across the lifespan (infancy through old age) is addressed, and both human and animal models are considered. Also included are the development and evaluation of behavioral preventive and therapeutic interventions for movement, speech, voice, and related disorders. Although the focus is on behavior, studies may also consider associated anatomical, physiological, neural, hormonal, and genetic factors. Methods include but are not limited to behavioral experiments, physiological measurement, acoustic analysis, structural and functional imaging, functional stimulation, and computational modeling.

The List of Reviewers lists all present, whether standing members or temporary, to provide the full scope of expertise present on that date. Lists are posted 30 days before the meeting and are tentative, pending any last minute changes.

Review Dates

Membership Panel

The membership panel is a list of chartered members only.


  • Movement and prevention and treatment of movement disorders, including physical rehabilitation following disease or injury
  • Motor and perceptual aspects of production of speech and other sounds via respiratory, laryngeal, and articulatory mechanism and relations with breathing, chewing, and swallowing
  • Speech, voice, and related disorders and their prevention and treatment, including physical rehabilitation following disease or injury

Shared Interests and Overlaps

Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Science [MRS]: applications that focus on neural mechanisms of normative and impaired motor functioning, and rehabilitation for disorders of the musculoskeletal system, should be assigned to MRS. Applications focusing on physical/motor rehabilitation for neurological and other, non-musculoskeletal disorders, should be assigned to MFSR.

Behavioral Medicine: Interventions and Outcomes Study Section [BMIO]: applications that focus predominantly on outcomes of motor interventions can be assigned to BMIO; applications focusing on the mechanisms of such intervention should be assigned to MFSR.

Cognition and Perception [CP]: for applications that include both cognitive and motor components of rehabilitation, if the emphasis and outcomes are more cognition-related, the application will be assigned to CP; if the emphasis and outcomes are more focused on motor rehabilitation, the application will be assigned to MFSR.

Language and Communication [LCOM]: applications related to linguistics, language characteristics (perception, production, development) and non-motoric language disorders will be assigned to LCOM. Applications related to the motoric/articulatory contribution to speech and voice production and disorders such as dysfluency, articulation disorders, stuttering, and dysphonia will be assigned to MFSR.

Sensorimotor Integration [SMI]: applications focusing primarily on the structure and function of motor, vestibular, and somatosensory systems at a neural level should be assigned to SMI.