Public Lecture

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

Registration is Mandatory: Please call 418-663-5155 to make a reservation.

This year, for the first time, SNL will be hosting a public lecture on the neurobiology of language. The goal of this new series is to raise the population’s awareness about language-related issues as well as to promote research in the field of language neurobiology.

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 local language in Québec City. The lecture will feature two experts in neurodegenerative disorders, Dr. Robert Laforce and Dr. Joël Macoir.

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 un silent epidemic that is threatening the worlds’ population health. Though 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 of the quality of life of the patients. Early screening of speech and language disorders is key to treat these symptoms, as well as to raise 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

Joël Macoir

Joël Macoir, Ph. D.

Speech-Language pathologist
Full professor, Department of Rehabilitation
Faculty of Medicine
Université Laval
CERVO Brain Research Center

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