Recent work conducted by members of our team has helped us understand the relationship between stroke severity, language recovery, and depression, importantly highlighting the role anti-depressant drugs may play in recovery. In work presented at the 2020 American Neurological Association virtual meeting, we found:
  • Patients who did not take anti-depressants after stroke showed a strong correlation between stroke severity and depression
  • Patients who took anti-depressants did not tend to have worse depression, even if they had severe strokes
  • Patients who took anti-depressants produced more content in their spoken language, whether they had large or small strokes

  • This work was covered by Doctor’s Guide/FirstWord Pharm and is part of a larger multi-university initiative to examine the effectiveness of anti-depresant drugs in recovery from stroke.

    Research Highlights

    Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation to Enhance Structured Language Therapy after Stroke

    Examining the added effect of electrical stimulation to language treatment in stroke recovery

    Longitudinal Imaging of Recovery from Aphasia after Stroke

    Imaging the first year of language recovery after left-hemisphere stroke