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Living with Aphasia Conference Sunday 29th and Monday 30th March 2020

The Trustees are very pleased to be the principal supporter of  “Living with Aphasia Conference” being held on Sunday 29th and Monday 30th March 2020.

In 2016 a very successful conference for people with aphasia was held and it proved so popular another is planned for March 2020.  The conference will be for families, friends, aphasia and stroke organisations, and health professionals.  The conference will be held at Warwick Conference Centre.

For more information please contact Gill or Denise at office@speakeasy-aphasia.org.uk or gill@speakeasy-aphasia.org.uk.

Contact telephone number 01706 825802 (part time office)


The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar Award USA

Important Dates for 2020:

Click here to find more detailed information about the award.

Applications for 2020 are now closed.

Announcements of Awards will be made in May 2020 – date to be confirmed.

Following the success of the inaugural Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar Awards in the United States of America, the Trustees of the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia are pleased to announce that applications are open for a second year.  These annual awards are to recognise scholarly excellence in all, or some, of the following areas:

  • Research and Publications dedicated to improving life with aphasia
  • Mentoring of research students to conduct research associated with quality of life, life participation, conversation or similar topics related to life with aphasia
  • Training of future clinicians to address quality of life with aphasia
  • Working to improve external grant funding that addresses the needs of people living with aphasia.

The awards aim to foster and encourage pioneering research and clinical projects that strive to make a meaningful and discernible difference in the everyday lives of people living with aphasia, their families and caregivers.

The Trustees of the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia would like to thank the board of Aphasia Access for collaborating with the Trust by facilitating this project.


The Trustees are pleased to part fund, through the National Brain Appeal, the establishing of a high-dose aphasia therapy service trial at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square.  There is currently no dedicated high-dose, in-patient based aphasia neuro-rehabilitation service in the UK.  The high intensity patients at Queen Square would receive 7.5 hours of therapy per day, five days a week for three weeks.  This programme  is being led by Professor Jennifer Crinion, Speech and Language Therapist and Professor Alexander Leff, Cognitive Rehabilitation.


The Trustees of the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia are delighted to announce that they will be funding the Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists (CATs) for a further three years, until April 2023.

The Collaboration of Aphasia Trialist (CATs) has been funded by The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia since 2017, during which time it has grown to include more than 170 aphasia research members across 33 countries. Together the researchers are sharing:

  • an aphasia research database
  • best practice for the adaptation of aphasia assessment tools into non-English languages
  • resources to support access for people with aphasia into research
  • expertise with Early Stage Researchers and
  • best practice for the conduct and reporting of high quality aphasia research.

Over the next three years the Collaboration will continue to develop their network to support more aphasia researchers internationally and ensure gains in aphasia research are realised in benefits for people with aphasia, their families and the healthcare professionals that work with them.

“We are delighted to hear that The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia is extending their support for the Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists until 2023. We are looking forward to maintaining our ambitious plans and supporting more aphasia researchers, across more countries, to undertake more aphasia research which delivers more benefit to people with aphasia.” Professor Marian Brady


The Trustees are very pleased to announce the four inaugural recipients of  The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar Award USA.  The announcements were made at the Clinical Aphasiology Conference in Montana:

Congratulations to Dr Sarah E Wallace; Dr Jamie Azios; Dr Katie Strong and Dr Sharon Antonucci

Read more about the awards here


The Trustees are very pleased to announce that they will continue to support the part-time position of a speech and language therapist for The Tavistock Centre for Aphasia, Newcastle University.  This funding has been agreed from 1st September 2019 for another 2 years.

If you would like more information about The Tavistock Centre for Aphasia please visit their website here.