Annual CNLR Conference
May 2015

All principal investigators, advisory board members, and research team members of the Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery (CNLR) met this May to discuss the progress of all current research projects supported by CNLR.


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Pushing the Envelope on Understanding Aphasia Treatment

Cynthia Thompson, PhD, of Northwestern University and Director of the Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery (CNLR), discusses using neural imaging to investigate how treatment affects brain function.

Read more about the latest CSD research in the October 2014 issue of the ASHA Leader http://leader.pubs.asha.org.

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Northwestern University has received a $12 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a center devoted to research on aphasia, a devastating language disorder that essentially robs the brain of language.
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Northwestern receives $12 million grant to aid research on aphasia.
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New Therapies to Help Stroke Survivors Recover Language Years After Injury.Nearly 20% of stroke victims are under 55, compared with fewer than 13% in the early 1990s, according to a 2012 study.
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A team of researchers, led by Cynthia K. Thompson, Ph.D. of Northwestern University, was recently awarded a $12 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund the Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery.
Northwestern University's
Aphasia & Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory

Research in the Aphasia and Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory examines language processing (primarily verb and sentence processing) in cognitively healthy volunteers and individuals with stroke-induced and primary progressive aphasia (PPA).


P.I. Cynthia K. Thompson, Ph.D.

Boston University's
Aphasia Research Laboratory

The primary goal of the lab is to understand language processing and communication following a brain damage. Research in the lab makes use of neuroimaging, structural and functional, and connectivity analyses of neuroplasticity after rehabilitation in monolingual and bi/lingual individuals with aphasia.


P.I. Swathi Kiran, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

John Hopkins University's
CogNeuro Research Lab

Research in the CogNeuro lab is primarily concerned with understanding the cognitive and neural bases of the representations and processes involved in the production and comprehension of written and spoken words. To obtain a deeper understanding of these topics we apply multiple experimental methods: Cognitive Neuropsychology, Psycholinguistics, Cognitive Neuroscience (fMRI), and Computational Modeling.

P.I. Brenda Rapp, Ph.D.

NU/BLCU Joint Centre of Aphasia

Dr. Cynthia Thompson, lab members, and clinical faculty members went to China in September 2016 to discuss the first research project of the NU/BLCU Joint Centre of Aphasia at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU). This new collaborative center will support research and clinical projects aiming to improve outcomes for Chinese people with aphasia.

Tests and Treatment for Aphasia

Several diagnostic tests and treatment are available for purchase: The Northwestern Naming Battery (NNB); The Northwestern Assessment of Verbs and Sentences (NAVS); The Northwestern Anagram Test (NAT); Treatment of Underlying Forms (TUF)

P.I. Cynthia Thomspon, Ph.D.

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JHU “Great Adaptations”

The left panel captures the brainʼs response for neurologically intact individuals when reading words in a functional magnetic resonance imaging scanner. Read More

“Neurobiology of Language Recovery in Stroke-Induced Aphasia”


Watch Dr. Thompson’s Clinical Neuroanatomy Seminar on first-phase findings derived from CNLR. Read More

National Aphasia Association (NAA)

Aphasia impairs the ability to speak and understand others, and most people with aphasia experience difficulty reading and writing. Read More

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