Investigating ways to help people who stutter
7 November 2013 A University of Canterbury researcher is investigating different ways to help people who suffer from stuttering. (read article)
New UC Master of Speech-Language Pathology degree begins in 2014!
The degree is a full-time two-year graduate-entry professional qualification to practice as a speech language pathologist/therapist.
There is a huge gap in the research about how to treat swallowing disorders...
Phoebe Macrae PhD in Speech and Language Therapy
Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
2013 Jean Seabrook Prize
Congratulations to PhD student Anna Miles, who was awarded the 2013 Jean Seabrook Prize by the University of Canterbury. This prize is awarded to a New Zealand trained speech-language therapist who has been enrolled for a PhD at the University of Canterbury and has submitted a PhD thesis that is considered to constitute an outstanding research project concerned with neurological aspects of communication disorders in the New Zealand population.
Swallowing grant successDr. Maggie-Lee Huckabee and collaborators Phd student Kirsten Lamvik, Dr. Richard Jones and clinical colleagues have been awarded a Neurological Foundation Project Grant of $82,650. The project will examine the previously unexplored phenomenon of mis-sequencing of pharyngeal pressure during swallowing in people with neurological injury. Patients with this type of deficit are unable to coordinate streamlined food or liquid transfer from the pharynx into the oesophagus, are unable to eat food safely, and very importantly may be receiving ineffective or even contraindicated rehabilitation. The aim of this study is to identify specific patient groups who exhibit pharyngeal mis-sequencing, and to explore the patterns of development. Results from this study will assist clinicians in selecting appropriate diagnostic tools and rehabilitation strategies for dysphagic patients. Dr Huckabee and colleagues have, through this research, established collaboration with clinical researchers from Singapore General Hospital as a satellite data collection site.
Dr Maggie-Lee Huckabee and co-author Dr Stephanie Daniels have published a second edition of their very popular book on the clinical assessment and management of dysphagia following stroke.
Communication Disorders student wins awards at the 2013 UC Postgraduate Showcase
PhD student, Kristin Lamvik was joint winner in the Overall Presenter category and tied for 1st place in the PhD Category. Her topic was ‘Pharyngeal Mis-sequencing in Dysphagic Patients with Neurologic Impairment’
Recent research grant success
Three Communication Disorders researchers have recently been awarded research grants. Associate Professor Megan McAuliffe and Dr Don Sinex were awarded $543,478 by the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund for a 3-year study to examine how listeners comprehend distorted speech. Dr Maggie-Lee Huckabee was awarded $22,688 by the NZ Dental Association, for a study to examine the relationships between oral bacteria, the protective cough reflex and pneumonia in patients with stroke and swallowing impairment.
Student Receives Award
Former BSLP(Hons) student Eleanor Barclay holds her certificate she received from the UK Tavistock Trust for Aphasia, for her 2012 Honour’s thesis entitled, ‘Family members of people with aphasia and their rehabilitation goals in relation to information’.
Supervisor of the Year Award
Congratulations to Prof Richard Jones for winning the university's prestigious Supervisor of the Year award from the University of Canterbury Students' Association on Friday. Richard has appointments in the Departments of Communication Disorders, Psychology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering and has supervised numerous Master's and PhD students in swallowing and dysphagia over the years with Dr Maggie-Lee Huckabee. He is also Director of the Christchurch Neurotechnology Research Programme.
Parents/whānau: Welcome to the KidsWords project. If you’re a parent of a child between the ages of 16 and 30 months and live in New Zealand, we invite you to take part in a nationwide research project on children’s early language development. All you have to do is complete an on-line questionnaire about your child’s language development and answer some questions about your child and family/whānau. It’s simple and should take no more than 15 to 30 minutes.