Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 8:30 – 9:30 am, PDT
Speaker: Jennifer Crinion, University College London
Jennifer Crinion is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London. From 2016 she is supported by a Wellcome Senior Clinical Fellowship. She joined the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience when awarded an MRC Clinical Scientist Fellowship in 2008 and has been co-lead of the Neurotherapeutics Group since 2014. Jenny first qualified as a speech and language therapist (SLT) from University College London and received a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from Imperial College London in 2005.
Her clinical research program is dedicated to understanding the neural mechanisms of aphasia and how lesioned brains respond to different and novel treatment interventions. This requires integration of both research and clinical infrastructures, which as an academic SLT at University College London/Hospitals, UK she is well placed to do so. The translational cognitive neuroscience approach is multi-pronged (neuroimaging, behaviour, non-invasive brain stimulation) investigating the neural mechanisms underlying variability in treatment response and factors that relate to aphasia outcomes. Clinically, she is also a consultant SLT at the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery, University College London Hospitals responsible for the delivery and strategic development of a national specialist Aphasia Clinic and since 2019 its first NHS Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Rehabilitation Programme for chronic stroke patients. By understanding the mechanisms of recovery her goal is to develop new treatment approaches and predict which is best for each person living with aphasia, so we can improve outcomes and long-term prognosis.