27.3480, FYI: Online Lecture on Aphasia

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Subject: 27.3480, FYI:  Online Lecture on Aphasia

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Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2016 14:48:24
From: Dirk Den Ouden [denouden at sc.edu]
Subject: Online Lecture on Aphasia

 
Online Lecture: “Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR): A P50
Funded Research Program”
Julius Fridriksson
Director, C-STAR
Co-Director, McCausland Center for Brain Imaging, University of South Carolina

The goal of this lecture is to provide an overview of the Center for the Study
of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR), a recently established research program funded
by the National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
(NIDCD). Approximately a quarter of all chronic stroke survivors present with
aphasia, a language disorder caused by damage to the speech and language areas
of the brain. The prevalence of chronic aphasia in the United States is
estimated to be one million. Aphasia can vary in severity from very profound
impairment that renders patients mute and without the ability to understand
others’ speech, to milder forms where patients have great difficulty
retrieving specific words. In the chronic stage of stroke, aphasia has been
identified as the strongest predictor of poor quality of life. Aphasia not
only influences the ability to communicate with family and friends, but also
drastically decreases education and employment opportunities.

Although some degree of spontaneous recovery from aphasia is typical in the
first weeks and months following stroke, many patients are left with
devastating communication problems. Once aphasia has become a chronic
condition, the only road to recovery is through aphasia therapy. Several
meta-analysis studies suggest that aphasia therapy is effective. In spite of
decades of research, very little is known about which patients benefit the
most from treatment and what kind of treatment should be administered to
patients with different impairment profiles. The overarching goal of C-STAR is
to improve aphasia treatment effectiveness as well as identify patient factors
that can be used to improve diagnosis of language impairment, guide aphasia
treatment, and predict prognosis. Specifically, the focus of our center is to
examine the extent to which factors such as behavioral aphasia treatment,
electrical brain stimulation, and residual brain function influence aphasia
recovery.

This lecture will be held at Discovery I, University of South Carolina, on
Thursday, September 8th, 2pm EDT, but it is also accessible live via the
following URL: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/667426173

For information, please contact Dirk den Ouden: denouden at sc.edu; 803-777-9241
 



Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                     Neurolinguistics
                     Psycholinguistics





 



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