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Green Issues

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Language and Communication

Current Projects / Recently Completed Projects

Vacancy: Lecturer in Acquired Language and Communication Disorders Closing date:

Funded: ESRC 2012 - 2013.

Research Team: Suzanne Beeke (PI), Wendy Best, Jane Maxim (co-investigators), Susan Edwards, Reading University (co-investigator), Kate Swinburn, Connect (co-investigator), Firle Beckley (Research Associate) Nicola Sirman (Research Assistant), Matt Mahon (Research Assistant)


Prescribed diets: quantifying the effect of mechanical consistency on health, patient safety, and quality of life.

Funded: Crucible, Evolving Health and Wellbeing, UCL 2011-2015. There is a funded PhD studentship linked to this project.

Research Team: Ben Hanson (PI) Engineering Sciences, Christina Smith


A phase II randomised controlled trial of Lee Silverman Voice Treatment versus standard NHS Speech and Language Therapy versus control in Parkinson’s disease (PD COMM).

Funded: The Dunhill Medical Trust 2011-2014.

Research Team: Christina Smith, Catherine Sackley, Carl Clarke, Keith Wheatley, Natalie Ives, Marian Brady et al.  Coordinated through Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit.


The Bigger Picture. Imagining ways to communicate and engage in research: families with children who have cerebral palsy. 

Funded:UCL Public Engagement 2011-2012.

Research Team: Christina Smith, Michael Clarke


Access all areas? Identifying facilitators and barriers for students from non-traditional routes
Funded: Outreach Departmental Initiatives, UCL 2010-2011.
Research Team: Christina Smith, Caroline Newton


Understanding the impact of progressive neurological speech disorders on interaction
Funded: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Research Team: Steven Bloch


Exploring interactions between telephone advice-line callers and specialist nurses: a parkinson's UK advice-line pilot study (2011-2012)
Research Team: Steven Bloch, Charles Antaki


CAVA: A Human Communication Audio-Visual Archive
Funded: JISC
Research Team: Suzanne Beeke, Merle Mahon