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pamenderbyProfessor Pam Enderby  


School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, UK

"The Challenges and Opportunities When Treating Acquired Dysarthria" 

Professor Pam Enderby is Emeritus Professor of Community Rehabilitation at the University of Sheffield. She qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1970 and combined research with clinical practice. She worked in the NHS in London and Bristol where she set up the Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit. In 1995, she moved to Sheffield to a combined NHS and University research post. She has held the positions of Head of Department and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. She has been the Clinical Director of the South Yorkshire Comprehensive Local Research Network (2009-2012) and in 2012-14 was Chair of the Sheffield HealthWatch. Currently  she is on the Board of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and President-Elect of the International Association Logopedics and Phoniatrics.

She is author of 14 books and published 200 peer-reviewed journal articles. Her areas of research interest include: outcome measurement, assessment, evaluation of rehabilitation and speech and language therapy.

She was awarded a Fellowship of the College of Speech Therapists, was honoured with an MBE for services to Speech and Language Therapy.  A D.Sc.(Hon.causa) was awarded by the University of the West of England in 2000.  In 2012, she was recipient of the Robin Tavistock Award for her contribution to Aphasia research and recently, in 2016, she presented the Bipin Bhakta distinguished scholar lecture to the Society for Research in Rehabilitation and the Princess Margaret Lecture to the UK Stroke Forum. 

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jameslawProfessor James Law

B.A.(Hons)(UEA),Ph.D.(City University, Lond.),FRCSLT

School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, University of Newcastle, UK

"Bridging the gap between external evidence and service delivery for children with speech and language disorders"

 Professor James Law originally studied Linguistics at the University of East Anglia before qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1981. After practising in Hackney, East London he moved to City University where he completed his Ph.D. on screening for early language delays in 1993. In 2004, he became Director of the Centre for Integrated Healthcare Research in Edinburgh and then moved to Newcastle University in 2010 where he became Professor of Speech and Language Science. Over this time, he has been in receipt of research grant funding of in the region of £5m and has published over 150 peer reviewed and other publications. He was one of the Principal Investigators of the DfE Funded Better Communication Research Programme and one of the Chief Investigators on the Australian NHMRC Centre for Excellence in Child Language. He is the lead researcher on a newly funded Cost Action research network entitled “Enhancing children's oral language skills across Europe and beyond: a collaboration focusing on interventions for children with difficulties learning their first language" and is now lead researcher in an international collaboration programme grant funded through the EU's Norface Programme called "SEED: - Social InEquality and its Effects on child Development: A study of birth cohorts in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands" examining the relationship between changing patterns of social risk and behavioural and language outcomes in large scale population cohorts.

He has written about a range of different communication disorders but his main focus has been on children, looking at the early identification and treatment of children with language disorders. In 2003 he published the first Cochrane Review in the field. Recently, he has focused on both public and mental health issues, editing a special edition of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties entitled "Language, Communication and the child with emotional and behavioural difficulties: implications for practice". With colleagues, he has also carried out a number of analyses of the UK birth cohorts publishing in a wide range of journals, most recently in Child Development. He has also been involved in policy discussions related to children’s language development specifically a consultation on language and social disadvantage to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Speech and Language in the UK’s House of Commons, two reports on the same subject for the Government “think tank” Centre for Social Justice and two for the international children’s charity, Save the Children. With colleagues, he has also produced two recent reports for the UKs Early Intervention Foundation and the Education Endowment Foundation. Finally, he is a member of the evidence committee of the Early Intervention Foundation, an organisation set up by the Government in England to promote evidence-based practice in services for children.

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bradyProfessor Marian C Brady


Honorary Chair at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Professor of Stroke Care and Rehabilitation 

Director, Stroke Rehabilitation Research
Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit

"Optimising clinical rehabilitation for people with aphasia – co-ordination and application of shared knowledge and the exploration of new, unknown challenges and opportunities"

Professor Marian C Brady is the founding Director of the Stroke Rehabilitation Research programme at the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit (Scottish Government funded since 2000).

Leading a dynamic multidisciplinary research team from physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, optometry, psychology, nursing and neurosciences backgrounds the team delivers high quality evidence which improves the stroke care and rehabilitation experienced by stroke survivors. The research is supported by several funders including the National Institute for Health Research, the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia, Royal National Institute for the Blind, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland and the Stroke Association. 

Professor Brady founded the Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists (COST 2013-17; Tavistock Trust for Aphasia 2017-2020). Consisting of >170 members from 26 countries, the RELEASE (Rehabilitation and recovery of people with aphasia after stroke) project emerged. It now contains data from more than 160 datatsets (total IPD > 5500 individual patients data) relating to aphasia after stroke.  

Professor Brady worked as an SLT in community and hospital settings in Ireland and Scotland. She left the health service as a senior specialist therapist in stroke rehabilitation to complete her PhD at the University of Strathclyde. She has authored in excess of 100 research articles. She is an Editor for the Cochrane Stroke Group (Associate Editor since 2016). Her Cochrane reviews have been amongst the top 10 most accessed reviews in the world. 

She holds an Honorary Chair at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. In 2016 Professor Brady was privileged to receive the Robin Tavistock Award for Aphasia for her influence on the “provision of speech and language therapy services locally, nationally and internationally”. 

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Last Updated: 24 November 2017

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