VA Northern California Health Care System;
University of California, Davis
CE Workshop #3: Adult Aphasia: Classifications, Localization, and Neuroimaging
Nina F. Dronkers, Ph.D.
Abstract & Learning Objectives: Aphasia is a disorder of core language functions that occurs after an injury to the brain. Most of what we have learned about how the brain processes language has come from the study of individuals with aphasia. In this introductory course, we will discuss the different types of aphasia, the parts of the brain that are affected in aphasia, and how to view these anatomical structures with neuroimaging. Videos will accompany the lectures to best illustrate the deficits we will be discussing.
Upon conclusion of this course, learners will be able to:
Become familiar with the different patterns of language disorders that can occur in adults after sudden injury to the brain
Become oriented to the anatomical structures of the adult human brain as imaged with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Be able to discuss the regions of the brain — beyond Broca’s and Wernicke’s areas — that support the different components of language
Speaker Biography: Nina F. Dronkers is a Research Career Scientist and Director of the Center for Aphasia and Related Disorders with the Department of Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Davis in the Department of Neurology. Dr. Dronkers’ research and clinical interests focus on understanding the speech, language, and cognitive disorders that occur after injury to the brain. She has worked extensively with individuals who have aphasia to understand the relationship between areas of the brain affected by injury and the speech and language disorders that ensue. Using novel neuroimaging techniques, Dr. Dronkers and her colleagues have sought to identify brain structures that play critical roles in the processing of speech and language, as well as how these relate to other cognitive skills.