REhabilitation and recovery of peopLE with Aphasia after StrokE (RELEASE)

Benefits: A recent James Lind Alliance partnership between stroke survivors, carers and healthcare professionals listed aphasia twice in the ‘top 10’ research priorities for life after stroke. A better understanding of what makes aphasia rehabilitation work, would allow treatments to be tailored to specific individuals resulting in more effective and efficient therapy.

Research Activities: We are gathering pre-existing data from clinical trials and studies of aphasia treatments after stroke. We are pooling these data in a large database and use them to answer new research questions about aphasia. This is a highly efficient method to explore our research questions (the high quality data has already been collected). We are bringing these separate databases together to allow us to generate new information about aphasia after stroke and identify future research questions. This will offer benefit, inform our understanding of what kind of patients we should be approaching to participate in our study, and when.

We will produce information on:

  • 1. The components of aphasia therapy that best facilitate recovery (in general and for different types of people, stroke and aphasia)
  • 2. The optimum therapy (timing, intensity, frequency, duration, repetition) and home practice routine (in general and for different types of people, stroke and aphasia)
  • 3. The usual patterns of recovery from aphasia (with and without therapy)
  • 4. What aspects indicate someone will make a good (or not so good) recovery from aphasia

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Research Team

Chief Investigator

Prof Marian Brady (UK)


Dr Myzoon Ali (UK)


Mr Andrew Elders (UK)

Prof Jon Godwin (UK)

Research Fellow

Dr Louise Williams (UK)

Data Co-ordinator

Kathryn VandenBerg (UK)


Dr Stefanie Abel (UK)
Dr Roxele Ribeiro Lima (BR)
Dr Masahiro Abo (JP)
Dr Antje Lorenz (DE)
Dr Myzoon Ali (UK)
Prof Brian MacWhinney (US)
Dr Frank Becker (NO)
Dr Flavia Mattoli (IT)
Dr Audrey Bowen (UK)
Dr Ilknur Mavis (TR)
Dr Caitlin Brandenburg (AU)
Dr Marcus Meinzer (AU)
Dr Caterina Breitenstein (DE)
Dr Enrique Noé Sebastián (ES)
Prof David Copland (AU)
Dr Reza Nilipour (IR)
Dr Tamara Cranfill (US)
Dr Rebecca Palmer (UK)
Dr E. Susan Duncan (US)
Dr Brigida Patricio (PT)

Ms Marie di Pietro (CH)
Dr Isabel Pavão Martins (PT)
Dr Joanne Fillingham (UK)
Dr Tatjana Prizl Jakovac (HR)
Dr Marialuisa Gandalfi (IT)
Dr Nam-Jong Paik (KR)
Dr Bertrand Glize (FR)
Dr Ilias Papathanasiou (GR)
Dr Erin Godecke (AU)
Dr Cathy Price (UK)
Dr Katerina Hilari (UK)
Prof Elizabeth Rochon (CA)
Dr Jacqueline Hinckley (US)
Dr Miranda Rose (AU)
Dr Simon Horton (UK)
Dr Charlotte Rosso (FR)
Prof David Howard (UK)
Dr Ilona Rubi-Fesson (DE)
Dr Petra Jaecks (DE)
Dr Marina Ruiter (NL)

Dr Beth Jefferies (UK)
Dr Rebecca Shisler Marshall (US)
Dr Luis Jesus (PT)
Dr Claerwen Snell (UK)
Dr Monika Jungblut (DE)
Dr Jerzy P Szaflarski (US)
Dr Eun Kyoung Kang (KR)
Dr Shirley Thomas (UK)
Dr Maria Kambanaros (CY)
Dr Ineke van de Meulen (NL)
Prof Eman Khedr (EG)
Dr Mieke van de Sandt-Koenderman (NL)
Tarja Kukkonen (FI)
Dr Evy Visch-Brink (NL)
Prof Matt Lambon Ralph (UK)
Prof Heather Wright Harris (US)
Dr Marina Laganaro (CH)
Prof Linda Worrall (AU)
Prof Ann-Charlotte Laska (SE)
Dr Béatrice Leeman (CH)