Keynote / Main Report Speakers

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During the congress our three main reporters/plenary speakers will be presenting on the themes:

Monday 22nd August

Language Impairment: Considering Resilience as well as Risk

Prof Gina Conti-RamsdenGina photo closeup 2015 for conference edited 2

Gina is currently Professor of Child Language and Learning at the University of Manchester, UK. She did her first degree in Psychology in New York followed by a Masters in Linguistics from Cambridge. She then focused on child language development and impairments obtaining both her clinical qualification as a speech and language therapist and her Ph.D. in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas, USA. Gina is the director of the nationwide longitudinal study of language impairment (LI) that has been following individuals from 7 years of age to adult life. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Academician of the Social Sciences.
Gina also has an interest in the interface between clinical practice and research. She is
founder member of the RALLI campaign to raise awareness of language learning impairments

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Fiona Gibbon, University College Cork, Ireland
Julie Dockrell, University College London, UK

Academic Chair
Martine Smith, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


Tuesday 23rd August

Neuroscientific Implications in Assessment and Intervention for Aphasia

Prof Linda WorrallLinda Worrall

Professor Worrall is a speech pathologist who researches rehabilitation of aphasia after stroke and has been a Co-Director of the Communication Disability Centre since 1997. She has applied the WHO ICF to research in a range of disabilities, but has a particular interest in aphasia rehabilitation. In 2009 she was awarded a 5 year NHMRC CCRE in Aphasia Rehabilitation and leads the national research effort towards developing an Australian Aphasia Rehabilitation Pathway. In 2014 Professor Worrall was the recipient of The Robin Tavistock Award for her outstanding contribution to aphasia research.


Philippe Paquier, Hôpital Erasme ULB, Brussels
Anu Klippi, University of Helsinki, Finland

Academic Chair

Pam Enderby, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom


Thursday 25th

Expanding Instrumental Options for Dysphagia Diagnosis and Research: Ultrasound and Manometry

 Prof Maggie-Lee HuckabeeHuckabee_F edited

Maggie-Lee Huckabee, PhD practiced as a clinician for 13 years before the frustration of never knowing ‘the answers’ led her to an academic career. She is now associate professor in the Department of Communication Disorders, University of Canterbury and Director of the newly opened UC Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research in Christchurch, New Zealand. She still hasn’t found ‘The Answers’ but is trying, with research interests focusing on the complexities of behaviorally-driven neural adaptation and biomechanical change leading to swallowing recovery. Dr. Huckabee has a great time supervising terrific, emerging researchers, overseeing a busy laboratory and enjoying the beauty of New Zealand with dogs at her feet and a good pinot noir in her hand.

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Nadine Connor, University of Wisconsin, USA
Deborah Theodoros, University of Queensland, Australia

Academic Chair
Margaret Walshe, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland