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Stroke Association funding for aphasia project

Posted on November 29th 2016
in Project update

Stroke Association funding for aphasia project

A team of PenCLAHRC researchers have been awarded a project grant from the Stroke Association to support pilot research aimed at improving the wellbeing and quality of life of people who have aphasia.

Aphasia is a speech and language disorder caused by damage to the brain, often as a result of having a stroke. People with aphasia can struggle to speak or to understand spoken language. They may also have difficulties with reading, writing or using numbers. The charity Speakability estimates that there are currently 250,000 people living with aphasia in the UK.

As well as affecting speech and language, people with...

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PenCLAHRC appoints Mental Health and Dementia theme lead and deputy

Posted on November 29th 2016
in PenCLAHRC people

PenCLAHRC appoints Mental Health and Dementia theme lead and deputy

We are pleased to announce that Professor Chris Dickens, Chair of Psychological Medicine, and Senior Research Fellow Dr Joel Town, have been appointed as Theme Lead and Deputy Theme Lead respectively, for Mental Health and Dementia at PenCLAHRC.

Professor Dickens has, throughout his career, researched the causes, effects and treatments of emotional problems in people with chronic physical illness,.

Since joining the University of Exeter Medical School in 2011 Professor Dickens has continued to focus on the development and evaluation of interventions to improve the management of common mental disorders in people with chronic physical illness – working on a number of...

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Thousands could benefit from greater use of revolutionary stroke treatment

Posted on November 29th 2016
in Project update

Thousands could benefit from greater use of revolutionary stroke treatment

Research supported by PenCLAHRC’s Dr Martin James has the potential to benefit almost 10,000 UK stroke patients a year. The study, presented at the UK Stroke Forum Conference in Liverpool today, looks at a new and more effective treatment for acute stroke.

Stroke is a serious, life-threatening and often debilitating condition, which can have a devastating impact on patients and their families. In the UK, nearly 90,000 people a year are admitted to hospital following a stroke, with many of those who survive left severely disabled.

Mechanical clot removal can substantially reduce disability, if carried out within six hours of the onset...

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Film supports young children with parents with Parkinson's disease

Posted on November 25th 2016
in Project update

Film supports young children with parents with Parkinson's disease

The Peninsula Parkinson’s Excellence Network (PenPEN), supported by PenCLAHRC, have worked with Parkinson’s UK, Parkinson’s experts and researchers at Plymouth University to produce the first information resource for teachers and professionals who interact with young children whose parents are affected by Parkinson’s disease.

As more people have children later in life, so the lives of a greater number of very young children are starting to be touched by a parent with a medical condition, usually (but not exclusively) associated with age.

This is a relatively new phenomenon and one for which the many professions that interact with young children are unprepared -...

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PenCLAHRC Child Health study receives funding boost

Posted on November 21st 2016
in Project update

PenCLAHRC Child Health study receives funding boost

PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow Dr Vashti Berry, based at the University of Exeter Medical School, has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Project Co-Creation Fund. The new study, called Family Vision, aims to support children exposed to domestic violence through a parent leadership coaching programme.

The Family Vision parent leadership programme, developed by project partner Nina Farr (Get Up and Grow Coaching Ltd) is a parent coaching intervention designed specifically for lone and single parents who are the main carer for children following an experience of domestic abuse and/or family breakdown. Parents will...

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Job opportunity - Postdoctoral Research Associate

Posted on November 8th 2016
in Job opportunity

Job opportunity - Postdoctoral Research Associate

We are looking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Psychology Applied to Health group in University of Exeter Medical School.

The successful applicant will support the trial manager in the day-to-day management and administration of a pilot randomised controlled trial of a new group-based singing intervention for people with Aphasia.

The post will include; contribution to the development of the group intervention, preparation of study materials, data collection (including qualitative interviewing), data entry and analysis, and report writing. The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information orally, in writing and...

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