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Leading stroke researcher visits ECU

Friday, 11 February 2011


ECU was pleased to host leading stroke and aphasia researcher from the University of Arizona, Professor Audrey Holland throughout the later part of last year as a visiting fellow.

Spending 4 weeks across November and December at ECU, Professor Holland and the Speech Pathology team developed two nationally competitive grant proposals and worked on ways to develop a clinical stroke service and research centre for people with aphasia both at ECU and in the northern corridor of Perth.

During her visit, Professor Holland gave a seminar to more than 60 speech pathologists from both metropolitan and rural Perth outlining her research into aphasia, the technical term given to the language impairment that affects a person’s ability to read, write, speak and understand after a stroke.

Professor Holland also gave a public lecture at the aphasia support group Reconnect WA, which was attended by over 60 people with aphasia, as well as their families, friends and local clinicians.

Foundation Chair in Speech Pathology at ECU, Professor Beth Armstrong, was thrilled to welcome Professor Holland to ECU.

“Professor Holland is an internationally recognised expert in the field of speech pathology, and has published numerous papers on all aspects of aphasia, as well as aiding in the development of aphasia support centres across the United States and United Kingdom.”

“Her research into the field is both insightful and educational and her visit was a great learning experience for both staff, students and members of the community,” said Professor Armstrong.

For more information on ECU’s speech pathology program visit the School of Psychology and Social Science website.


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