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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.

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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


Dr. Sarah Wallace of  Duquesne University, one of the inaugural recipients of The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar awards in 2019,  has been named a Fellow of ASHA.  Warmest congratulations from all at the TTA.

The Tavistock Trust For Aphasia Distinguished Scholar Awards 2020

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

The aim of these awards is to foster and encourage pioneering research and clinical projects that aim to make a difference to the lives of people living with aphasia, their families and caregivers.

Important dates for 2020:

Applications for 2020 to be submitted by February 15 2020.  Please submit your application here.

Announcements of Awards 2020 will be made in May 2020 – tbc

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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.

Living with Aphasia Conference 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 or

Contact telephone number 01706 825802 (part time office)

The Robin Tavistock Award 2019

The Rotterdam Aphasia Therapy Study group

The Hon. Nicole Campbell (Trustee) presented the Robin Tavistock Award 2019 to the Rotterdam Aphasia Therapy Study group (RATS) at the British Aphasiology Society Clinical Symposium 2019, held at the University of East Anglia.  Dr Evy Visch-Brink and Dr Mieke van de Sandt-Koenderman accepted the Award on behalf of the group.

Dr. Mieke van de Sandy-Koenderman and Dr. Evy Visch-Brink accepting the Robin Tavistock Award 2019 on behalf of The Rotterdam Aphasia Therapists Study group.

This Award is named after Robin Tavistock, the 14th Duke of Bedford who founded The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia.  It is presented annually to a person, or group, who is inspirational and has made an important contribution to the field of aphasia.

The Rotterdam Aphasia Therapists Studies group, affectionately known as RATS has been a collaborative, multi-disciplinary group of people, who have produced, over decades, a body of work that has had a significant influence.  The RATS group is made up of clinical linguists, speech and language therapists, neurologists, epidemiologists, neuropsychologists and other medical disciplines.  A full list of those involved can be found below.

The overarching quality that sets the RATS group apart, is that they are a rare embodiment of what can be achieved when multidisciplinary collaboration and mutual support is made central to research and clinical practice.

The Trustees would like to thank the organisers of BAS Symposium 2019 for allowing us to present this award at their event.

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The Trustees are delighted to share the news that the volunteers and staff at Dyscover have been recognised with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.  Our warmest congratulations.

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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

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Speakeasy, The Robin Tavistock Award recipient in 2015, has received funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.  This funding will allow them to run a project to extend and promote Speakeasy’s role in the community, improving the public’s awareness of aphasia and their response to people with communication challenges. The project involves developing and utilizing the considerable talents of  people with aphasia including two people with aphasia who are employed to lead the work.

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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.