Keynote and Invited Speakers 2012
24 – 27 June 2012 Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart,
Professor Bruce Murdoch
Professor Murdoch is a Neuroscientist who is a recognised international authority on neurologically acquired speech and language disorders in children and adults. He has published 13 books in this field, over 380 peer-reviewed articles in high quality international journals, in excess of 70 invited book chapters and over 330 paper presentations at major international conferences. He is recognised as having pioneered the use of physiological instrumentation in the assessment and treatment of acquired speech and language disorders associated with both acute and degenerative neurological disorders including stroke, traumatic brain injury, brain tumours, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. Further he has made a seminal contribution to the delineation of the role of subcortical brain structures in language processing. More recently he has pioneered the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of neurogenic communication disorders, including aphasia and dysarthria associated with Parkinson’s disease.
Professor Murdoch is a member of the editorial board of ten international, refereed journals and an editorial consultant to 20 other international journals. He is an expert consultant to the National Guidelines for Diagnosis and Management of Stroke in Childhood, Royal College of Physicians, London and to the American Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences.
In recent years he has presented invited, keynote addresses at international conferences in South Africa, Portugal, Greece, Brazil, USA, Canada, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Since 2007 Professor Murdoch has been the Chair of the Motor Speech Disorders Committee of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics and is an elected board member and secretary of that organisation.
Currently, Professor Murdoch is the Director of the Centre for Neurogenic Communication Disorders Research which he founded at The University of Queensland in the early 1990s. The Centre is world-renowned for its research into physiological assessment and treatment of neurologically based communication impairments. He served as Head of School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Queensland from January 1999 to December 2009. Professor Murdoch has held the position of visiting professor at several institutions in the USA, Europe, and Asia, including Arizona State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Florida State University, University of Reading and the University of Gothenburg. He currently has an appointment as a visiting research professor at the University of Hong Kong.
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Dr Mabel L. Rice, PhD
Mabel serves on the Advisory Council of NIDCD, on the Communication
Disorders Workgroup for American Psychiatric Association DSM-V,
Mabel’s research interests focus on language acquisition and language impairments,morphosyntax (grammar markers of language impairment), genetics of language,reading, and speech impairments, language acquisition and impairments in twins,language impairments in children affected by HIV, and language impairments inchildren with autism. Her investigations are funded by awards from NIH.
In collaboration with Shelley Smith and Javier Gayán in 2009 she reported a shared candidate gene for language impairments and reading impairments, KIAA0319. She enjoys and appreciates the support and contributions of scientific collaborators from Nebraska (Shelley Smith and Lesa Hoffman), Australia (Steve Zubrick and Kate Taylor), Spain (Javier Gayán), Johns Hopkins (Rebecca Landa), Tulane (Russ Van Dyke), University of Illinois (KenRich), Canada (Johanne Paradis and Martha Crago) and Norway (Synnve.Schjolberg) and the members of the Language Acquisition Studies lab at the University of Kansas.
Professor Cate Taylor
Cate has professional experience in the health, higher education and
research sectors and has held state-level advisory roles in service
provision for children with language and literacy difficulties, preterm
births and Autism. Cate is a Councillor for the Australian Research
Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) and a mentor for the ARACY New
Investigator’s Network. Cate has a PhD from the University of Oregon, a
Post Graduate Diploma in Speech Pathology from Curtin University of
Technology in Perth, Western Australia, and a Bachelor of Applied
Science (Speech Pathology) from
Dr Angela Morgan
Elizabeth Usher Memorial Lecture presented by....
Angela’s work has generated over 80 publications, including more than
Prerequisites for registrants / assumed knowledge or skill base when attending the Masterclass. It is assumed participants will have:
Professor Bruce Murdoch has agreed to present a Masterclass titled Technological advances in the assessment of acquired speech and language disorders: Functional principles, application and interpretation as part of his Keynote speaker engagements, and....
Kelly Weir has accepted the invitation to present a Masterclass on her area of clinical expertise in paediatric feeding and dysphagia.
Ms Kelly Weir
Kelly Weir graduated in 1989, obtained a Research Master of Speech Pathology in 2003 for her thesis “A comparison of clinical and radiological assessments in paediatric dysphagia” and is currently completing a PhD researching feeding and swallowing difficulties and respiratory disease in children. Kelly has worked at Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane since 1996 specialising in paediatric dysphagia, tracheostomy management, acute inpatients, instrumental evaluation of swallowing and treatment of behavioural feeding difficulties and children with complex medical conditions. Her current caseload includes providing services to the paediatric intensive care and high dependency units, children with tracheostomy tubes and ventilator-assisted, feeding in-and outpatients and the modified barium swallow clinic.
Kelly has lectured in paediatric dysphagia at the University of
Queensland, has published papers in the field of paediatric dysphagia
and presented at national and international forums. She has been a
paediatric representative on a number of dysphagia related Speech
Pathology Position Papers and is currently the Scientific Affairs Leader
for Queensland for Speech Pathology Australia. Kelly has co-developed
and co-authored a state-wide paediatric feeding and dysphagia competency
training package for Queensland. She also collaborates on research with
the Queensland Cerebral Palsy
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