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Florida Receives NIH Grant for Aphasia Treatment University of Florida researchers recently were awarded a $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to test several treatments for stroke-induced communication problems, collectively known as aphasia. The concept of neural plasticity--the brain being adaptable and able to create new pathways to regain lost function--is the basis for this research that focuses on a combination of drugs and rehabilitation in the form of mental and phy

Kate Devine
Sep 17, 2000

Florida Receives NIH Grant for Aphasia Treatment

University of Florida researchers recently were awarded a $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to test several treatments for stroke-induced communication problems, collectively known as aphasia. The concept of neural plasticity--the brain being adaptable and able to create new pathways to regain lost function--is the basis for this research that focuses on a combination of drugs and rehabilitation in the form of mental and physical exercises. According to the project's principal investigator, Leslie Gonzales-Rothi, professor of neurology at UF's College of Medicine, "Although results of treatments for individual patients are expected within the first year of the four-year program that was initiated last June, there will not be enough data compiled from which to draw broad conclusions until project completion." Researchers plan to do pre- and post-functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of patients to understand the physiological changes due...

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