Professor Chris Code

Chris Code is Research Fellow in the School of Psychology, Washington Singer Labs, University of Exeter, England, Foundation Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders (Hon) at the University of Sydney and used to be Research Manager for Speakability, the British lobbying and advocacy charity for aphasic people conducting research into the psychosocial consequences of aphasia.

His research interests include the cognitive neuroscience of language and speech, number processing, praxis, psychosocial consequences of aphasia, recovery and treatment of aphasia.

He is co-founding Editor of the international journal Aphasiology, past Editor of the International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders and is on the editorial boards of several journals. His books include Aphasia Therapy (1982 with DJ Müller), Language, Aphasia and the Right Hemisphere (1987), The Characteristics of Aphasia (1991) and Classic Cases in Neuropsychology (Vol I, 1996; Vol II, 2002) (with C-W Wallesch, Y. Joanette & AR Lecour).

He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Dr Shelagh Brumfitt

Senior lecturer, University of Sheffield

Shelagh Brumfitt is a senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield in the Department of Human Communication Sciences. She has been here for a very long time! (27 years!) She is a speech and language therapist by profession and has taught many students on the undergraduate and post graduate qualifying courses in speech and language therapy.

Her research interests are in the psychosocial effects of communication impairments including both aphasia and stammering. She also has a research interest in professional education. She has written a series of papers and books such as The social psychology of communication impairment (London: Whurr, published 1999). She has also developed the VASES (Visual analogue self esteem scale, Winslow Press, 1999) with her colleague Professor Paschal Sheeran. The VASES is specifically designed for people with aphasia and uses pictures rather then complicated sentences to ask aphasic speakers about themselves.

Shelagh was elected Chair of the Academic Board of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists from 1997 to 1999. She has been a Sub Dean in the Faculty of Social Sciences in this University from 2000-2003 and is currently chair of teaching in the department of Human Communication Sciences.

Dr Jenny Crinion

Wellcome Research Fellow, Speech and Language Therapist

Jenny is based at the Functional Imaging Laboratory (FIL) which is one of the departments of University College London, linked with the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery. She is one of a team of researchers in the language group, working on aphasia lead by Professor Cathy Price. She conducts brain imaging and language research on normal and disordered processes of speech and language. Current aphasia research supported by the Wellcome Trust focuses on improving the understanding of the relationship between aphasia and the brain as well as on evaluating, characterising, and treating the disorder[Price and Crinion 2005].

Reference: Price CJ, Crinion J. The latest on functional imaging studies of aphasic stroke. Current Opinion in Neurology 2005; 18: 429-434.

Marjorie Perlman Lorch, PhD

Reader in Brain and Language, Birkbeck College, University of London

I have been interested in understanding aphasia since I first spoke to patients in a neurological clinic as an undergraduate student in the 1970s. I received a PhD in Neurolinguistics from Boston University in 1985. Since then I have been teaching and carrying out research based at Birkbeck College, University of London. I have collaborated with neurologists, speech therapists and teachers on a number of research projects. I have published over 100 research papers on a range of topics related to aphasia. My current research takes an applied historical approach to theoretical problems in neurolinguistics.

Jane Marshall

Jane Marshall qualified as a speech and language therapist in 1987. She worked in the aphasia unit of an acute hospital for three years before doing a PhD about sentence production problems in aphasia.

Since then she has investigated numerous other aspects of aphasia including: more work on sentences, jargon aphasia, proper name impairments (or problems with the names of people and places), using writing and drawing in therapy and aphasia in users of British Sign Language.

Jane is particularly interested in clinical issues related to aphasia, and especially therapy.

Jane is Joint Head of the Department of Language and Communication Science, City University, which qualifies over 100 speech and language therapists each year.

She is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Aphasiology.

Friedemann Pulvermuller

Senior Scientist in cognitive neuroscience

Friedemann Pulvermüller is Senior Scientist in the cognitive neuroscience of language at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, UK, and Honorary Professor of Psychology at the University of Wales, Bangor, UK. His main interest is in the neurobiological basis of language. He developed a model of language processing in the human brain that specifies the neural circuits that process words, meaning and syntax. His experimental research focuses on the brain mechanisms that underlie language, which he has studied using a range of imaging techniques, including magnetoencephalography, electroencephalography and functional magnetic resonance tomography. Another focus of his work is the alterations of language processes brought about in the brain by transcranial magnetic stimulation, focal cortical lesion and the presentation of linguistic information to different parts of the visual field. In his laboratory, the results of neuroscientific studies were successfully used in the development of new rehabilitation techniques, especially for the treatment of language deficits after stroke. He published 3 books and ~150 scientific papers. His most recent book, The Neuroscience of Language, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2003.

Charles C A Spencer, B.A. (Hons) York, M.A. Sussex

Person with aphasia

Potted biography:

Grower of Cultivated Mushrooms at farms in Yorkshire & Lancashire, 1972 - 2002.

Gained a First Class degree in Art History at York University, 2005.

Ten days after completing that course (June 2005) suffered a left hemisphere ischaemic stroke whilst on holiday in Greece (due to atrial fibrillation), that left me unable to speak and hemiparetic.

Completed an M.A. (Creative Writing & Personal Development) with Merit at Sussex University - September 2010.
Current project -
Writing a fictionalised autobiography in the form of a novel whose protoagonist suffers a disabling stroke at the age of fifty while at the summit of her international piano-playing career.
Provisional title: "Lost for Words"
Click the link to read a speech by Charles in April 2011 "In the beginning was the Word"

Dr Penelope Talelli

Neurologist with special interest in stroke

I completed my training in Neurology in Greece in 2004. Currently, I work at the Institute of Neurology, University College Hospital, London, as a member of the team investigating the mechanisms underlying stroke recovery. To do that we use a safe and non-invasive method for stimulating the brain, called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). In particular, I am exploring the possibility of using repetitive TMS as an adjunctive treatment to improve motor impairment in chronic stroke patients.

Patricia Theisen

Neuroperceptual Specialist

Patricia Theisen is a Neuro-Perceptual Specialist. She launched the Perceptual Enrichment Program in the mid 80s after ten years of research on the brain and early development. Some ten years later people, all around the world, started training to facilitate her program. Patricia's research continues today as facilitators seek answers to the growing number of problems that children and adults exhibit. A new book, written by Patricia, will be out this year clarifying many of these problems.

Dr Rosemary Varley

Reader in Neuropsychology

Rosemary Varley is Reader in neuropsychology at the University of Sheffield. She is a Speech and Language Therapist with research interests in apraxia of speech, and the relationship between language and thinking in people with severe aphasia. She is co-author, with David Crystal, of an internationally used textbook on language pathology. Previous posts have included three years at the University of Hong Kong, where she was involved in establishing a new programme for the training of speech and language therapists in a Chinese context. She is co-author (with Professor David Crystal) of an internationally used textbook of language pathology, and is also the author of many book chapters and academic journal articles.

Sarah Woodward


Highly Specialist SLT and Principal SLT of the Frenchay Computer Assessment & Training Service.

I have been working in the field of Augmentative & Alternative Communication for almost 10 years now and helped to set up the Frenchay CATS in 2000. In the past I have also worked on a dedicated stroke ward and as part of a multi-disciplinary team for patients with head injuries. The field of aphasia is therefore an area I have always enjoyed working in.

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