Invaluable benefits of 10 Years of the International Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists (CATs)

Caterina Breitenstein*, Sarah J. Wallace, Natalie Gilmore, Emma Finch, Kathryn Pettigrove, Marian C Brady, CATs Executive Committee

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Aphasia research has traditionally been considered a (unidisciplinary) niche topic in medical science. The international Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists (CATs) is a global collaboration of multidisciplinary aphasia researchers. Over the past 10 years, CATs has collectively taken a rigorous approach to systematically address persistent challenges to aphasia research quality. This article summarizes the achievements over the past decade. CATs' achievements include: standardizing terminology, advancing aphasia research design by aphasia expert consensus recommendations, developing a core data set and intervention descriptors, facilitating the involvement of people with the language impairment aphasia in the research process, translating, and adapting assessment tools into global languages, encouraging data sharing, developing innovative secondary data analysis methodologies and promoting the transparency and accessibility of high quality aphasia research reports. CATs' educational and scientific achievements over the past 10 years far exceed what individual researchers in the field could have ever achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1129-1135
Number of pages7
Issue number4
Early online date25 Mar 2024
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2024


  • aphasia
  • clinical relevance
  • language therapy
  • neuropsychology
  • stroke
  • stroke rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing


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