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Language and communication impairments following brain damage (aphasia) are a common and debilitating experience for survivors of stroke. As many as 30% of stroke survivors experience lasting language impairments, with between 2 and 4 million people in the U.S. currently living with aphasia. Impairments in the ability to produce and understand language can disrupt many activities of daily living, including family role participation, vocational opportunities, and functional independence, which can have a devastating impact on overall quality of life. Improving our ability to understand aphasia and address its overall impact is therefore of critical importance.

The Pittsburgh Translational Aphasia Research Initiative (PTARI), is a multi-lab collaboration which aims to leverage existing CSD and Pittsburgh-area strengths in aphasia research and clinical translation to address these critical public-health problems.

Our mission:

  1. Enhance and accelerate progress in translational aphasia research.

  2. Support the Pittsburgh aphasia community and engage them as collaborators and stakeholders in translational aphasia.