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Public Lecture

August 15, 2018, 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Québec City Convention Centre, 1000, boul. René-Lévesque Est
Québec, Room 2000C

Chairs: Pascale Tremblay and Steven Small

Registration is Mandatory: Register Online or call 418-663-5155.

This year, for the first time, SNL will be hosting a public lecture on the neurobiology of language. The goal of this new initiative is to raise awareness to issues related to the neurobiology of language among the population of the host city, and to disseminate the products of research in our field to the general public.

This year’s lecture will focus on the topic of language disorders in neurodegenerative disorders. Because this event is targeting the local population, it will be offered in French, the official language in Québec City. The lecture will feature two experts in neurodegenerative disorders, Dr. Robert Laforce and Dr. Noémie Auclair-Ouellet.

Au-delà de la mémoire: Comprendre les troubles qui affectent le langage dans la démence

[Beyond memory: understanding language disorders in dementia]

Neurodegenerative disorders constitute a silent epidemic that is threatening the world’s population health. Although these diseases are most often described in terms of their impact on the memory and motor systems, they are also frequently associated with speech and language disorders, a lesser known, but very important aspect of these diseases, and one that has a huge impact on the quality of life of the patients. Early screening of speech and language disorders is key to treating these symptoms, as well as raising the awareness of the patients and their families about these disorders and how to deal with them. In this lecture, the issue of language disorders in dementia will be discussed from a dual perspective, neurology and speech-language pathology, to offer a comprehensive overview of the phenomenon and related issues.


Robert Laforce

Robert Laforce, Ph. D. M.D

Neurologist and Neuropsychologist
Associate Professor
Faculty of Medicine
Université Laval
Clinique Interdisciplinaire de Mémoire,
CHU de Québec

Noémie Auclair-Ouellet

Noémie Auclair-Ouellet, PhD

Speech-Language pathologist
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Medicine, School of Communication Sciences & Disorders
McGill University

Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music (CRBLM)


This event is organized by the SNL, in collaboration with the CINQ, the CERVO Brain Research Foundation and the Québec City Convention Centre.