An Icelandic professor in speech-language pathology, Júlíus Fridriksson, who works at Columbia University in the US, has received a large grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his research on speech disability after stroke.
“The research involves understanding the brain better so that we can use the results to rehabilitate patients,” Fridriksson told Morgunbladid.
Fridriksson received a USD 2 million (EUR 1.55 million) grant to continue his research. Two years ago he received another grant worth USD 1.6 million (EUR 1.24 million) for the same purpose.
According to the professor, not much is known about recovery after cerebral hemorrhage. “Some never recover but others experience amazing recovery. With research we are trying to understand why it is so different.”
In reference to the grants he has received from the NIH, Fridriksson said, “They are of great importance, especially during these difficult times in the economy. Research costs a lot of money and without grants nothing would happen.”
Among Fridriksson’s cooperative partners is Iceland’s Landspítali National Hospital.