GROUP LEADER - Dr Jenny Crinion
GROUP LEADER - Prof Alex Leff
Our two main aims are:
1. To provide a mechanistic account of how different therapies (behavioural, brain stimulation, pharmacological) interact with residual language neural networks; with the aim of stratifying therapy for patients with acquired brain injury.
2. To develop novel digital therapeutics (web-based therapies) and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (home-based tDCS) to generate translational therapies that are financially self-sustaining.
- Oscar Aguilar
I am a PhD student with a background in clinical neuropsychology interested in language recovery and cognitive rehabilitation of aphasic patients. My research aims to understand the relationship between aphasic patients’ response to behavioural therapies and their capacity to learn based on their cognitive performance in several domains and the distribution of their stroke damage.
- Sharifa Al-Ragam
App-delivered therapy for Arabic readers with Hemianopic Alexia. Rehabilitation of left-sided Hemianopic Alexia patients following stroke in Arabic-speaking readers. Eye-movement tracking of Hemianopic Alexia patients following stroke in Arabic-speaking readers. Primary supervisor: Dr. Jenny Crinion. Secondary supervisor: Dr Alex Leff
- Sheila Kerry
Sheila is a Research Assistant working on the central alexia project. Her PhD is focused on investigating the effects of tDCS on aphasic patient’s reading performance, and seeing how therapy effects play out across the distributed reading network using MEG.
- Davide Nardo
I am a postdoctoral research associate with a background in cognitive and clinical neuroscience. My current research focuses on the effects of neurostimulation (tDCS) and phonemic-cueing-based anomia training on spoken language recovery in chronic aphasic patients, investigated with both behavioural and functional neuroimaging techniques.
- Yean-Hoon Ong
Yean designs and develops websites which provide online therapies for patients with visual and language impairments. Read-Right: a free online therapy for patients with Hemianopic Alexia. Eye-Search: a free online therapy for patients with visual search problems. iREADmore: reading therapy to improve the language function of patients with aphasia and a reading problem (central alexia); trial active now. iTALK: anomia therapy to improve the language function of patients with aphasia; currently under development.
- Katerina Pappa
I am a research assistant with a background in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. My research focuses on the neurorehabilitation of aphasic patients with speech production difficulties. My current project involves implementing neurostimulation techniques (tDCS) combined with functional neuroimaging techniques and behavioural training.
- Zoe Woodhead
I am an MRC-funded postdoctoral research associate with a background in experimental psychology. My current research aims to develop novel rehabilitation strategies for patients with acquired reading disorders after stroke, including computer-based training programmes and non-invasive electrical stimulation (tDCS). As well as looking at the behavioural impacts of reading therapy, I use magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate the neural mechanisms of reading impairment and reading recovery.