Prosem Lecture: Understanding, Facilitating and Predicting Aphasia Recovery and After Rehabilitation
September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Presenter: Swathi Kiran, PhD, CCC-SLP, Director, Strategic Planning Implementation, Office of the Provost; James and Cecilia Tse Ying Professor of Neurorehabilitation; Associate Dean for Research, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University
Topic: Understanding, Facilitating and Predicting Aphasia Recovery and After Rehabilitation
In this talk, I present our ongoing work to shape the future of aphasia rehabilitation. I present our overarching work that covers (1) understanding the neural factors that determine the degree of language recovery, (2) aspects of language and cognitive function that influence language impairment and recovery and (3) the types of treatments that are efficacious for people with aphasia. I will then present our work about developing algorithms to predict aphasia recovery. In this work, we attempt to predict individualized/personalized recovery trajectories based on algorithm from brain markers, big data and computational modeling. While this work is nascent and ongoing, it has tremendous potential to provide personalized recommendations for rehabilitation trajectories for individual patients.