Professor Leanne Togher
Menzies Health Institute Queensland Program Seminar Series
Disability & Rehabilitation - Host Professor Elizabeth Kendall
Professor Leanne Togher - Title: Translating research findings so that they matter in the lives of people with brain injury
In the field of traumatic brain injury, there is a proliferation of new assessments and treatments which utilise multidisciplinary expertise, and are based upon high quality evidence, however it remains unclear how to facilitate their clinical use. This session will discuss the ways in which clinicians, researchers, universities and professional associations can work together to make these advances matter in the lives of people with TBI. An example of research translation will be provided by describing strategies our team has used to make a communication partner training program for people with traumatic brain injury, called TBI Express available worldwide. Research translation, guideline development and policy change will be discussed as ways to ensure research and clinical practice become seamless.
Professor Leanne Togher is a Professor of Communication Disorders following Traumatic Brain Injury and Australian NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at The University of Sydney, Australia. She won the NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn prize in 2018 for being the highest ranked female research fellow in the field of Clinical Medicine. Her research interests include the assessment and treatment of people with acquired brain injury during everyday life activities. Leanne is the Director of speechBITE, an evidence based practice web based resource for speech pathologists. She also leads a program of research to facilitate communication partner training for families, friends, carers and community members with the aim of improving communication outcomes for people with traumatic brain injury and aphasia.
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