NHS Borders and React2 Ltd have a long-standing relationship. Tricia Mitchell and her clinical team from NHS Borders wrote the clinical content of React from 2005 onwards. React2 now contains over 8,000 interactive speech and language exercises.
In writing these exercises, the clinical development team applied their huge experience using paper-based and face-to-face exercises with adults and children. React2 included scalable full screen programming, full colour images and specially commissioned illustrations, stereo sound and video sections.
Dean Turnbull, Managing Director of React2 Ltd, worked with the NHS clinical development team throughout the React2 project and designed and developed the computer program. Propeller applied the licensing and branding required and launched the React2 Desktop CD-ROM commercial product in 2008, followed by React2 USB version and React2 Downloadable Subscription formats in 2009.
React2 and NHS Borders maintain a close working relationship providing ongoing React2 and react2.com licenses and support.
University of Edinburgh BRIC collaboration – Brain Research Imaging Centre (BRIC, a University of Edinburgh research facility)
Anna Jones is leading a PhD project at BRIC using React2 as the computer based therapy tool. Patients are being recruited from across Lothian. They undergo communication, memory and mood assessments, as well as functional MRI (fMRI), before commencing (depending on group allocation) 3 months of independent therapy using the React2 software. Participants then undergo another set of communication, memory and mood assessments and another fMRI scan following the therapy. Further assessments are carried out 6 months post- therapy to look at the long-term benefits. This project is ongoing and final PhD results will be published in 2013.
The Brain Research Imaging Centre scanner has a worldwide reputation for neuro-research and is dedicated to reducing the burden of common neurological diseases and increasing understanding of the brain through neuroimaging.
BRIC is also now leading an initiative to draw together all imaging expertise from across the entire University of Edinburgh campus, under the banner Edinburgh Imaging - www.edinburghimaging.com
The BRIC website provides a single point of entry to the entire University of Edinburgh imaging community, allowing academic and commercial researchers to explore the imaging capabilities of the University.
Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh, is committed to providing thoroughly relevant teaching and research.
QMU has a widely recognised expertise in the areas of health and rehabilitation. QMU is working in partnership with React2.
The collaboration has explored the development of a linguistically principled tool to enable speech and language therapists to formulate bespoke selections of exercises for their client’s specific needs.
React2 has also co-hosted clinician and student study sessions and teleconferences using QMU's state-of-the-art facilities.
SINAPSE - Scottish Imaging Network: A Platform for Scientific Excellence
React2 Ltd is collaborating with SINAPSE, with funding support via SPIRIT and the Scottish Funding Council to enable a PhD project led by Anna Jones at the University of Edinburgh. The aim of this project is to investigate the benefits of computer-assisted home speech and language therapy in left perisylvian ischemic or haemorrhagic stroke (Wernicke aphasia).
Patients have been recruited from across Lothian. They undergo communication, memory and mood assessments, as well as functional MRI (fMRI), before commencing (depending on group allocation) 3 months of independent therapy using the React2 software. Participants then undergo another set of communication, memory and mood assessments and another fMRI scan following the therapy. Further assessments are carried out 6 months post- therapy to look at the long-term benefits. This project is ongoing and final PhD results will be published in 2013.
SINAPSE is developing a world-class future in medical imaging for Scotland by drawing on the combined expertise of six Scottish universities. It is a strong, dynamic network that pools facilities, resources and skills, creating a shared environment for strategic research, education and knowledge transfer. The SINAPSE network provides direct access to outstanding imaging expertise, which will benefit the pharmaceutical industry, manufacturers of imaging equipment and academic and clinical researchers. Find out more on the SINAPSE website.
SPIRIT - Strategic Priority Investments in Research and Innovation Translation
A strategic knowledge exchange grant line that offers new opportunities for the development of novel, often collaborative, approaches to knowledge exchange.
The SPIRIT 2009/10 competition originally allocated £8.1 million to 10 projects targeted on five of the six priority sectors of the Scottish economy:
Under the headings of "Life sciences" and "creative industries", the SINAPSE collaboration will be used to develop novel and collaborative approaches to KE in translational imaging. SINAPSE will develop skilled personnel to support translational imaging expertise in Scotland.
Find out more about SPIRIT.
Interface match businesses with academics, making available the world class knowledge, expertise and research facilities in all of Scotland’s Universities and Research Institutions.
Interface’s mission is to promote innovative business - academic collaborations through translating the needs of companies from all sizes and sectors into manageable projects for Scottish Universities and Research Institutions, whether it involves knowledge exchange, business and product development, process or service improvement, or analysis and testing.
Interface offer a free and impartial service bringing significant business benefits.
Interface investigated how the academic sector could support the development of the React2 project. The result was a successful collaboration with SINAPSE, the research pool of Scottish universities for medical imaging. This provided Propeller and React2 with the kind of collaboration that could not have been self-funded and has led to a clinical research project being led by the foremost brain imaging specialists.
Find out more on the Interface website.
Scottish Development International's (SDI) aim is to assist in the growth of the Scottish economy by encouraging international trade. With help from SDI, Scottish companies like Propeller Multimedia are developing global reach.
React2 has developed a strong link with SDI and currently receives funding for the international development of react2.com. This has included indentifying the key global markets for react2.com, providing experts to help develop and implement these strategies, and putting us in touch with the right people to get started.
This support has extended from international marketing development consultancy to social media specialists and other strategic consultancies. SDI has also offered help to fund react2.com overseas market development through international conferences and trade shows.
For further information, visit the SDI website.
Scottish Enterprise works with businesses across Scotland to stimulate economic growth and help companies raise their sights and ambitions. Scottish Enterprise also helps companies to consider their business from a global perspective.
Scottish Enterprise has been supporting react2.com with direct funding for strategic development, business and marketing consultancy and strategic technology consultancy. In addition, Scottish Enterprise has helped to fund the website development and design itself.
For further information, visit the Scottish Enterprise website.
react2.com online speech therapy software has been of benefit to adults and children with speech learning difficulties. This may be as a result of aphasia after stroke, brain injury or head trauma or autism - whatever the reason, we have seen the positive transformation our speech therapy activities have made on many people's lives.
If you have a question regarding your specific speech therapy issue, or to arrange a full clinical evaluation of react2.com, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the form below. We look forward to being of help.