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Learning to communicate after stroke

This research was completed on 31 January 2006

Project LeaderDr Jane E Warren
LocationDepartment of Sensorimotor Systems, Division of Neuroscience and Psychological Medicine, Imperial College London
Grant awarded23 May 2003
Start date1 November 2003
End date31 January 2006
Grant amount£90,155.00
Grant codeRTF1116

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It is estimated that one quarter of people who suffer a stroke have aphasia – communication problems affecting speech, understanding, reading and writing. People with aphasia find many everyday activities hard or impossible, such as shopping, making a phone call, reading a magazine or joining in a conversation. Some stroke sufferers improve spontaneously, but the brain's processes of recovery from stroke-related language problems are not well understood, and there is currently no drug treatment to improve the chance of recovery. Using specialised brain imaging techniques, Dr Warren aims to identify the changes in organisation of speech processing after stroke that are associated with successful recovery of language comprehension. By improving understanding of the processes of language recovery after stroke, this research will provide a basis for developing new approaches to treatment for this disabling condition.

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