The British Aphasiology Society (BAS) is a national interest group formed to foster the development of the study of aphasia. Aphasia is an acquired language disorder that affects our ability to speak, read or write language. These activities for most of us are done without much thought or effort and as such we take them for granted. The act of storing and producing words and forming them into sentences is very complex with many brain regions involved. Normally, the pieces all fit together so seamlessly, so that one is not even aware of the individual components. But stroke (cerebral vascular accident - CVA) and other forms of brain damage (head injury, tumour, progressive disease) may compromise the efficiency of one component or another, and in doing so, disrupt the integrated functioning of the system as a whole. Different facets of language can be affected in different individuals. Some patients have particular problems with remembering what words mean, others have problems remembering how words are pronounced. Some are unable to combine sounds to create words, others to combine words to create sentences.
The BAS brings together people from many disciplines involved in language and communication such as Speech and Language Therapy, Linguistics, Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, along with people with aphasia and their carers. Our aims and activitives are listed below and our Constitution is available using the following link: Constitution.
- To encourage the dissemination of knowledge of aphasia and its treatment
amongst all disciplines concerned with aphasia.
- Promote the application of a scientific approach to include qualitative as
well as experimental methods to aphasia investigation and its
- Promote the interests of aphasic people by broadening the knowledge and
understanding of aphasia.
- Promote and draw upon the expertise of people with aphasia.
- Biennial aphasiology conference
- Biennial therapy symposium
- Research update meeting
- Student project and essay prizes
- Conference support fund
If you would like to host an upcoming BAS event more information can be found using the following link: host an event .
We are happy to advertise events organised by others on our website but do not take resposibility for the event. Upcoming events can be here: other events. Our policies and fees associated with this service can be found here: policies and fees.
We are also happy to list advertisements for posts available in both clinical and research settings. These are available here: positions available.
- We would like to note that although we do not offer bursaries for people with aphasia, the Tavistock Trust does and information about these can be found using the following link: educational/vocational bursary for individuals with aphasia
Last Updated: 21st December 2013