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September 22 Seminar on the New Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery: Leo Bonilha

September 15, 2016

The Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR) houses researchers who examine the effects of behavioral treatment, brain stimulation, and residual brain function (brain plasticity) on recovery from aphasia. C-STAR is a collaboration between researchers from the University of South Carolina, the Medical University of South Carolina, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of California, Irvine. The Center is funded through the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIDCD) grant #NIH P50 DC014664. Biweekly public lectures, given by members and guests of C-STAR, are accessible live and online (see below). More information is available at:

 Thursday, September 22, 2:15pm EDT

 “The human brain connectome applied to stroke rehabilitation research”
Leo Bonilha, MD., PhD.
Director, Language and Aphasia Clinic
Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Department of Neurology
Medical University of South Carolina

Much of functional rehabilitation after cerebrovascular brain damage depends on the integrity of the remaining brain tissue. Cortical regions are commonly injured after a stroke, but an even greater degree of damage occurs in white matter, where secondary fiber loss occurs due to loss of projections or reduced functional demands. For this reason, the integrity of white matter networks can be variable across stroke survivors and this difference in the “structural brain framework” may explain different responses to rehabilitation.

The human brain connectome is an advanced structural neuroimaging method that enables charting the totality of the middle- to long- range brain white matter connections among gray matter regions. It permits the direct assessment of white matter loss after stroke and the impact of the remaining networks on the restoration of function. This lecture was designed to provide a practical overview on the utility of the human brain connectome for aphasia research and the methodological steps used to measure the brain connectome, with special emphasis on how to accurately assess it in stroke survivors.  


The lecture will be held at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, SC (96 Jonathan Lucas, Clinical Science Building (CSB), Room 323). However, it will be broadcast live to the University of South Carolina:

 Room #140, Discovery I, 915 Greene Street, Columbia, SC 29208

 Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016        Time: 2:15pm – 3:15pm EDT

 The lecture can also be followed online from your computer, tablet or smartphone, via the following GoToMeeting address (no password required):

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