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Research Symposium at ASHA Convention


The Research Symposium aims to bring together clinicians and researchers at ASHA's Annual Convention, in order to discuss current research that has important implications for the study of communication processes and disorders. Each year's symposium focuses on a specific research theme. Research is presented by invited speakers who are experts in their fields.

The Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award (RMPTA) is offered in conjunction with this program, in order to provide a research mentoring experience to students and emerging scientists. This award provides ASHA Convention registration fee waivers to the mentors and protégés selected. In addition, each member of the five top-rated mentor-protégé pairs will be awarded a $500 stipend.

The Symposium is an annual program that has been offered since 1990. It has been funded, in part, by a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).


The Symposium is open to all attendees of the ASHA annual Convention who are interested in current research.


The Symposium consists of several talks related to a central research issue with opportunities for discussion between clinicians, junior investigators and senior investigators. A dedicated question and answer period follows each presentation.

The 2015 Symposium topic is Dementia and Communication. Discussions will include the relationship between hearing loss and the risk of dementia, diagnosing primary progressive aphasia and primary progressive apraxia, and interventions for these degenerative conditions.

How to Attend

The Symposium is scheduled for November 14, 2015, at the ASHA Convention in Denver, Colorado. Any Convention attendee may attend and no ticket is required for this event. Attendees are welcome for the entire day or individual Symposium sessions.

For more information on the annual Research Symposium, please contact ASHA's Academic Affairs and Research Education unit at

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