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Dissociation between the processing of nouns/objects & verbs/actions, crosscultural and crosslinguistic aspects of cognitive evaluation, cognitive & linguistic symptoms in neurodegenerative diseases (Motor Neuron Disease/MND, Corticobasal Degeneration/CBD, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy/PSP, Primary Progressive Aphasia, ALS/Parkinsonism/Dementia Complex of Guam).

Research Interests

  • The relationship between language, cognition and movement in neurodegenerative brain diseases (in particular Motor Neuron Disease (MND), Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD) and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)
  • Dissociation between the processing of verbs/actions and nouns/objects
  • Cognitive assessment of dementias in different cultural and linguistic environments, cross-linguistic studies of aphasia and the impact of bilingualism on cognitive functions
  • Cognitive aspects of Multiple Sclerosis


Research Groups

President of the World Federation of Neurology Research Group on Aphasia and Cognitive Disorders WFN RG ACD (Since May 2010):



1988  Degree in medicine (“Staatsexamen”) at the University of Hamburg (Germany)

1991  Doctoral Thesis "Acute Aphasias", at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany), completed with “Magna cum laude”


Since 2011 - Cognitive Assessment and Dementia for Medical Students

Since 2010 - Organisation and teaching at international courses of cognitive neurology for    clinicians, supported by the World Federation of Neurology; completed courses in Hyderabad (2010) and Kolkata (2012), planned courses in 2012 in Beijing and in 2013 in Cali (Colombia) and Bangalore

2008-2011 - Frontotemporal Dementias. Clinical Psychology Course, Tunbridge Wells.

Nominated for teaching award in 2009/10 and 2010/11.

Administrative Roles

Since 2010 - Designed (and since course organiser of) the new Y4 Tutorial Course
Since 2008 – Established (and since organiser of) PPLS Interdisciplinary Seminars
Since 2007 – Convenor of the Colloquium CommitteeSince 2007 - Course organiser of Biological Psychology (Year 3), Literature Review (Year 3) and Disorders of Language Functions (MSc)


Research activities & awards

  1. Consequences of Bilingualism for Cognition, Language and the Brain

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Cognitive Effects of Language Learning across the Lifespan

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Primary Progressive Aphasias

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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