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BAS International Conference 2024

 

 Aphasia 2024: theory, practice and future directions
 

The BAS Committee are very excited to announce that the British Aphasiology Society Conference 2024 will be hosted by De Montfort University, Leicester. The conference will take place between the 16th and 18th September 2024 and will be a hybrid format

The conference explores three strands: aphasia theory, clinical practice and future directions.

The conference programme spans three full days and we are excited to announce that the seven keynote speakers who have agreed to present within the theory strand are:
 
16th September

  • Aura Kagan, Executive Advisor of the Aphasia Institute

  • Professor Argye Hillis

 
17th September

  • Swathi Kiran, Associate Dean for Research

  • Professor David Howard

  • Professor Chris Code 

 
18th September

  • Professor Cathy Price

  • Matt Lambon Ralph, Director of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

 
For more information about our keynote speakers- CLICK HERE

The practice strand of the conference offers clinicians the opportunity to talk about how they work with people with aphasia. The strand will focus on presenting rationales for intervention, describing therapy techniques and measuring impact. We are keen to encourage current clinicians to present their practice, with mentoring support available for presenters, if they would like it.

The final strand, future directions, will allow both researchers and clinicians to present their thoughts or research about what aspects of aphasia management might be relevant in the future and provide information to inform our future practice.
 
The in-person/online costs of the conference are:

  • Early Bird (deadline 26th July): 1 day £80.00, 2 days £155.00 and 3 days £230.00

  • Conference attendance (after early bird deadline): 1 day £100, 2 days £180.00 and 3 days £260.00

  • Online or student attendance: 1 day £80.00, 2 days £155.00 and 3 days £230.00

BOOK HERE BEFORE THE EARLY BIRD RATE EXPIRES!

(remember that for tax reasons - to avoid the Society paying Corporation tax - you must be a BAS member to attend)


Abstract submission

If you would like to submit an abstract for consideration as a poster and/or a verbal presentation, it should be no longer than 400 words and should contain:

For the practice strand - rationale, therapy techniques, outcomes
For the future directions strand - background information, methodology, results and discussion
 
For all abstract submissions, please submit a word document including a front sheet with your name, email address, place of work and whether you would like your abstract to be considered for a poster or a verbal presentation. A second sheet should then contain the title of your work and your abstract.
 
Abstracts should be submitted to EventsOffice@dmu.ac.uk by the 13th June 2024.

 

Aphasia Therapy Masterclasses

 
BAS is continuing to run the Aphasia Therapy Masterclasses the next class will run in June 2024 and covers Conversation partner training with Firle Beckley.

The webinars are presented live on zoom and recorded so that they are available for all BAS members via the website.
Each Aphasia Therapy Masterclass should last approximately 1 hour and include:

  • A specific aphasia intervention or approach

  • Discussion relating to relevant evidence base

  • Case study discussion & video of implementation

  • Opportunity for questions and answers

We welcome expressions of interest from SLT’s with a wide range of relevant clinical experience (and settings). The focus is on sharing practice that has a broad practical range of clinical applications, so as to achieve the greatest impact for people living with aphasia.

In recognition of the work involved, BAS will make a £1,000 payment for each successful webinar (to an individual or organisation).

If you would be interested in running an Aphasia Therapy Masterclass webinar, we would love to hear from you.  Write to jean.rutter@bas.org.uk.

Eight masterclasses have now completed but if you didn't manage to view the event live or simply want to re-visit it you can view the recording of the 1 hour session using the BAS website; login to your account and then use the dropdown "Members Benefits>Aphasia Therapy Masterclasses".
 
Here is the link  https://www.bas.org.uk/member-benefits/Aphasia-Therapy-Masterclasses.aspx
 
Needless to say that as these recordings use real patients as part of the teaching material, members need to respect patient confidentiality by not copying, forwarding or distributing the video recording.
 
We also welcome feedback on this new initiative, so if you have comments, ideas or would like to participate directly, do get in touch with Jean Rutter (jean.rutter@bas.org.uk)