CSLIR ARG meeting December 6th 2017

Dear ARG members,

We will be holding our next CSLIR ARG event on Wednesday 6th December from 1-2pm.

This will be a joint event with the UCL Department of Language and Cognition seminar series.

Our speaker will be Dr Lucy Series,Wellcome Trust Society and Ethics Research Fellow at the School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University.

‘Universal legal capacity: A human rights approach to supported decision-making’

And as always, there will plenty of opportunities for networking!

Get your free Eventbrite tickets here:


Looking forward to seeing you there!

Anna, Mickey and Lucie

ARG’s Next Co-ordinators

Dear ARG Members,


Further to our nominations at the last meeting we are delighted to announce that the next ARG coordinators from March 2015-March 2016 will be: Nicola Sirman and Anna Volkmer.


Nicola SirmanNicola works for Solent NHS Trust in an adult community team, is a teaching fellow on the Speech and Language Sciences MSc Year B course at UCL and the research assistant on the UCL Better Conversations with Aphasia project (https://extendstore.ucl.ac.uk/product?catalog=UCLXBCA)- busy lady!!



Anna VolkmerAnna works for South London and the Maudsley NHS Trust (SLAM) and has a special interest in Primary Progressive Aphasia. In fact her interest (and knowledge) is so great she has written a book on this topic (http://www.jr-press.co.uk/cognitive-communication-difficulties-dementia.html). Anna is now in the process of testing out a conversation therapy approach with people with PPA and their partners.









Sharon and I would like to wish them good luck and we hope they enjoy running ARG as much as we have!

ARG Update

Dear ARG members,


We are looking forward to seeing you all at our next meeting on the 15th Oct, 3pm at Chandler House.

To book your  FREE place click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ucl-aphasia-research-group-meeting-tickets-13153898665

We have two great speakers lined up for you:

Carolyn Bruce  (UCL): What’s cooking? A comparison of an activity oriented and a traditional programme of therapy on the language performance of people with aphasia. (Carolyn Bruce, Caroline Brodie and Caroline Newton)

Many people with aphasia have problems naming objects and actions, which makes it difficult for them to produce sentences and have conversations. Picture naming therapy is a popular intervention used for word finding difficulties, but gains made in therapy do not always generalise to sentence production and everyday conversations.

 Studies in aphasia as well as cognitive and educational psychology suggest that language may be learnt more effectively when words are produced in sentences and in tasks based on real-life situations. Moreover, there may be additional benefits if people have to carry out the action when naming the verb. Recent findings suggest that there may be a link between areas of the brain responsible for actions and those responsible for language (Pulvermüller, 2005). However, little specific research is available to support this practice with people with aphasia.

 The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of an activity orientated programme (cooking therapy) on word retrieval and narrative production in individuals with chronic aphasia with a more traditional programme of therapy (cooking related therapy).

Pulvermüller, F. 2005: Brain mechanisms linking language and action. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 6 (7), 576-582.

Lucy Dyson (University of Sheffield): Lucy works part-time as an SLT in Rotherham and is completing a PhD investigating the assessment of semantic processing in people with aphasia, and the relationship between cognitive processing and performance on tests of semantics.


ID-10045442On top of this the winners of ARG’s seed fund award we be giving us the low down on what they intend to do with our support AND finally we want to review ARG’s future with you all– so come along and have a chance to make a real difference to how ARG works over the coming year, including running it if you fancy…

Seed Fund Reminder

Dear All,

The Seed-Fund deadline is the looming- FRIDAY 29th AUGUST.

Now is an excellent time to put in a bid, we have £250 for one or a couple of you to use towards a project.

So far no one has put forward a bid.

This is a one-off opportunity and we will lose this fund back to UCL if no-one wants to use it.


Please have a think about whether this could make a difference to your service or research career.

Here is a quick link to the guidelines for applying for the fund: http://wp.me/P2T5F0-7l


We look forward to hearing from you.


Sharon and Firle

Research Generator Workshop 4th June

Dear ARG Members,

Here is a perfect excuse for a tea/coffee break at work today!Have a break!


Heidi has produced a fantastic power point for you to watch and listen to about her research proposal that she would like your thoughts on at our next meeting.

Her presentation tells you a bit about how her SLT team are working within the MDT to ensure timely and safe discharges of people with aphasia from their stroke unit using their Communication Assessment Risk tool.

Please do sit back and enjoy the presentation!

Communication Risk Assessment –a useful tool for Speech and Language Therapists?


Future ARG Presenters

Dear Members,

We forgot to mention our new financial incentive for presenting ARG can now refund presenters travel costs, well until August and not  those of you travelling from exotic locations like Barbados!

So surely that is even more reason to get in touch and take the plunge sooner rather than later if you have an idea or project you would like to share!

All the best,

Firle & Sharon

Call for candidates for next Research Generator Workshop 4th June 2014


Image by By AKARAKINGDOMS, published on freedigital photos.net
Image by By AKARAKINGDOMS, published on freedigital photos.net

Do you have a research idea that you would like some feedback on, or a new service initiative you want to take to that next stage? Are you in the middle of a piece of research and want to share ideas/problems in an informal way?

Whether you are a clinician or an experienced (or not so) academic researcher get in touch as ARG’s RGW platform can help.

You can contact us via this blog (just comment at the bottom) or email us at : argucl@hotmail.com

We have spaces available for our next meeting on the 4th of June.