Research Opportunities

You can help advance our understanding and treatment of neurological speech and language disorders. We are currently recruiting for the following studies:

    • Targeted transcranial electrotherapy to accelerate stroke rehabilitation – Exploratory trial on Aphasia

      • We are currently recruiting stroke survivors with naming difficulty to participate in a study of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and computerized naming treatment.
      • Participants will receive three weeks of computerized treatment for aphasia, along with tDCS or sham (placebo) tDCS, plus pre- and post-treatment MRI and language assessment. Participants who complete all parts of the study will receive $275. This research study is being conducted in the Center for Aphasia and Related Disorders and the Biomedical Research Imaging Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. Free parking is provided.
      • You or someone you know may be eligible if you:
        • had an ischemic stroke at least 6 months ago
        • have naming difficulties resulting from the stroke
      • This research study, “Targeted transcranial electrotherapy to accelerate stroke rehabilitation – Exploratory trial on Aphasia” (IRB #14-1311), has been approved by the UNC Biomedical Institutional Review Board.
      • This research study is registered at https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02540109
    • Communication, activity, and life participation in adults with aphasia

      • Our team of clinicians and researchers is studying:
        • recovery of communication problems following stroke
        • impact of a person’s stroke on the health status and quality of life of their loved ones
      • We are enrolling participants for a research study assessing communication and life activities in:
        • persons with communication problems due to stroke (aphasia)
        • friends and family members of stroke survivors 
      • This research study, “Communication, activity, and life participation in adults with aphasia” (IRB #13-0655), has been approved by the UNC Biomedical Institutional Review Board.
    • Stroke Registry

      • As part of the UNC Center for Stroke-Related Research in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, we maintain a registry of potential stroke research study participants. You may join the registry if you would like information about ongoing and new studies in aphasia and stroke rehabilitation. 
      • To join the registry, we now have an online form that you can use to register your information: http://tinyurl.com/StrokeRegistry
      • If you prefer, you can still CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FORM, read and fill it out, and send it in!
    • Profiles of Speech Production in Adults with Acquired Left Cerebral Lesion

      • Many people have difficulties articulating speech after a stroke. The purpose of this study is to develop stable and sensitive measures of differences in speech production and to track their change over time. 

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Directions to UNC Memorial Hospital

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