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aphasia research activities which optimise the rehabilitation and recovery of people with aphasia

CATs goes to IARC 2018

We have a series of events planned to coincide with the International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference in Aveiro, Portugal. The University of Aveiro's SLH Lab is welcoming our members for working group meetings on Tuesday 4th September.

We also have a number of 'Special Interest' meetings which include a ROMA (Research Outcome Measurement in Aphasia) Consensus meeting, an afternoon of activities for Early Stage Aphasia Researchers, a RELEASE Collaborators meeting and an Executive Committee meeting. You can download a full programme of CATs activities here. 

IARC is welcoming a CATs symposium as part of the main conference which will reflect the activities of the Collaboration and showcase five CATs projects. 
Hope to see you there!   

CATs for Early Stage Researchers

Creating opportunities for postgraduate and postdoctoral aphasia researchers continues to be a core focus for the Collaboration. Our membership includes 60 multi-disciplinary Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) from across 25 countries.

Dr. Ruth McMenamin [Ireland] will launch the CATs ESR Forum and host our latest training sessions at IARC on Sept 4th 2018. Prof. Hanne Gram Simonsen [Norway] will be sharing mentoring opportunities available to the growing cohort of post-doctoral aphasia researchers in the Collaboration. 

If you are unable to join us on the 4th September, but would like to contribute to the ESR Forum, please get in touch with us. We always want to hear your ideas for future training, lecturing and other career development opportunities across all the aphasia disciplines. 

Research Working Group Updates

We are delighted to welcome a record number of new members to the Collaboration. All the Research Working Groups have grown over the summer and we pleased to meet ESRs from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds who contribute to aphasia research.  

If you would like more information about joining a working group, or would like to learn more about our groups' current projects and members, our brand new website will be launching soon. Look our for our announcement!

Assessment and Outcomes 
Members of the Assessment and Outcomes Working Group are adapting the Comprehensive Aphasia Test into 14 different languages.  Congratulations to all for an excellent example of coordinated transnational research activities! Members will be discussing the next stages of adaptation and norming work at the forthcoming working group meeting.

Predictors and Prognosis
The initial results from the RELEASE project will be shared during the CATs symposium at IARC. We will keep you notified of papers to follow!
In response to comments from the H2020 application, a coordinated effort is being made at a national level to seek funding for The International Population Registry for Aphasia after StrokE (I-PRAISE) pilot projects. Malta have just received ethical approval and data collection will be underway soon. A respective grant was recently submitted in Germany, coordinated by Dr. Stefanie Abel while teams in the UK, Sweden, Australia, and Norway are also progressing.

Effectiveness of Interventions
Work continues on the ASPIRE Project and in the meantime several group members are busy with ongoing or recently published randomized controlled trials of interventions for aphasia including Rebecca Palmer's [UK] Big CACTUS trial presented at European Stroke Organisation’s Conference; and Hege Prag Øra's [NO] recently published telerehabilitation protocol for aphasia. 

Societal Reintegration
The group continues to seek consensus statements about aphasia rehabilitation definitions (terms used in aphasia research), particularly those relating to Participation and Quality of Life. They are collaborating with existing aphasia research networks to collate what research has been completed in the area of social reintegration and identify potential research gaps.

Following our research priority meeting in Valencia, the group has taken initiatives toward uniting many group members’ interest in conversation partner training. The group are looking forward to progressing this work in Aveiro. 

Have you got an ORCiD ID? 

ORCiD is a unique digital identifier which enables greater recognition of your work as yours. It connects your professional activities and publications with an individual profile and is increasingly requested by journals. CATs Research Officer Dr. Luis Jesus [Portugal] is encouraging all CATs members to register for this ID. Please let us know if you have one!

If you already have your ORCiD iD, take a look at this article to make the most of it...  Six things to do now you've got an ORCiD iD.

Help is on hand for new aphasia randomized controlled trials

Prof. Audrey Bowen [UK]  has established a new CATs Trial Advisory Panel (T.A.P.) which will provide expert methodological support to aphasia researchers on conducting randomized controlled trials. More information to follow soon!

In rememberance of CATs members

CATs members Prof. Claire Penn [South Africa] and Prof. Anna Basso [Italy] have sadly passed away recently. We are extremely grateful for their respective achievements to aphasia rehabilitation and want to express our most sincere sympathies to their families and colleagues. 

Celebrating awards

Professor Nina Simmons-Mackie 
Congratulations to Professor Nina Simmons-Mackie [USA] who has been awarded The Robin Tavistock Award 2018! The award recognizes her outstanding contribution to aphasia research. 

Gill Pearl and Bury Speakeasy
Gill Pearl [UK] and Bury Speakeasy (a specialist aphasia charity) won an award for a project developing walks and maps for people with aphasia. They were praised for “ensuring that people who cannot use language can still get information to lead full lives". 
Dr. Jytte Isaksen
Congratulates to Dr. Jytte Isaksen [Denmark] who received a research and development grant from TrygFonden & Region Syddanmark for the project ‘Cohesive pathways for people with aphasia’. The project aims to ensure that people with aphasia experience the same strategies of supported conversation and supportive tools across hospital wards and across Denmark. 
Dr. Marie Pourquié and Dr. Amaia Munarriz-Ibarrola
Dr. Marie Pourquié and Dr. Amaia Munarriz-Ibarrola [Spain] won the best oral communication prize awarded by the OEE Basque Health Organization at the 28th Basque health symposium in mid-May for their Basque adaptation of the CAT!
We are delighted to learn that the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia has awarded $2.5 million to La Trobe University for a new Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) for aphasia Professor Miranda Rose, a speech pathologist and internationally recognised aphasia is the lead chief investigator and will become the Centre's director. Congratulations! 

The CATs News team wants to hear from you

Our Editor Dr Caterina Breitenstein is assisted by Stefanie Abel, Katie Chadd, Caitlin Longman and Ciara Shiggins who curate the CATs social media as well as keeping us up to date with CATs News. The CATs twitter account recently exceeded the milestone of 1000 followers. Welcome to our new followers!
If you would like to hear more about new aphasia research findings, follow our Twitter account which highlights
  • systematic reviews
  • predictor studies
  • national adaptations of standardized outcome measures
  • reporting guidelines
  • planned or completed randomized controlled trials/RCT with at least 20 participants per group/arm
  • methodological topics
Please let the team know of your ‘hot’ new publications falling under these criteria. We look forward to hearing from you!
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