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13:00 - 17:30 26 November 2013

CDCN Autumn Workshop 2013: Speech Disorders Throughout the Lifespan


33 Queen Square Lecture Theatre | UCL Institute of Neurology (link Map)
London | WC1N 3BG | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Student

Speaker information

Prof. Martin Sommer, Clinical Neurophysiology, Georg-August University, Germany
Dr Elina Tripoliti, Speech and Language Therapist, UCL Institute of Neurology
Dr Kate Watkins, Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
Dr Pelagia Derizioti, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands
Prof. Rosemary Varley, Language and Communication, UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

The ability to articulate speech appears to be a unique feature of the human condition, yet historically research has focused on language abilities and speech perception, with a critical lack of focus on the motoric act of speech. It is estimated that 2-10% of children have a communication disorder, with negative impact on schooling. Speech disorders also affect people with stroke, genetic, and degenerative conditions. Speech impairments may reduce active participation in society and then result in social isolation. What do we know about the brain basis for the speech disorders? What progress has been made in identifying their genetic basis? In this workshop, leading researchers will outline some of the latest findings on the behavioural, neural and genetic causes of speech disorders throughout the lifespan. The meeting will offer an exciting opportunity to discuss the clinical implications of these findings.


Esther Huntbach
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