Northwestern University

Mon 12:00 PM

Dr. Argye Hillis-Trupe: Mechanisms of recovery from aphasia: Evidence from Imaging and tDCS

When: Monday, February 12, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Sky Lobby Auditorium, 10th floor, 355 E. Erie, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Tommi Raij, MD, PhD   312.238.4401

Group: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Research Seminar Series

Category: Lectures & Meetings



In this talk, I will discuss potential neural/biological mechanisms underlying the language recovery and deterioration during the first year after stroke. I will show that different mechanisms underlie aphasia recovery at different stages: days, weeks, months, and years after stroke. I will discuss changes in perfusion, activation, connectivity, structure, and cognitive mechanisms. I will also present new data on additional predictors of aphasia recovery that need to be considered, such as education and medications.


Argye E. Hillis, MD, MA, is a Professor of Neurology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins. She serves as the Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, and Director of the Cerebrovascular Division. She began her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist and Director of Neurological Rehabilitation, focusing on studies of novel treatments of aphasia and communication disorders after right hemisphere stroke. Dr. Hillis then completed medical training and neurology residency at Johns Hopkins, and integrated her training in the fields of Speech-Language Pathology and Cognitive Science with Neurology to continue her investigations of aphasia and right hemisphere cognitive and communicative impairments and how they recover. Her lab studies changes from the acute stage of stroke through the first year of recovery, to improve our understanding how language and other cognitive functions recover after stroke and how to facilitate recovery.

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