In an exciting new development, researchers from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and the University of Melbourne have identified a single gene specific to speech and language disorder. Their team, which includes researchers from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, would now like to expand on these findings to see if there are any other genes involved. By trying to identify gene changes associated with speech disorders, they hope to learn more about what causes someone to have speech problems, be able to identify people who are at high risk of speech disorder, and develop better treatments.
A speech and language assessment and a blood OR saliva sample. Your twins may also be asked to complete an MRI. Please note that the MRI is optional and is not a requirement to participate in the study.
Any twins aged 5-11 years where one or both twins have a speech disorder. Families need to be able to visit the Melbourne Brain Centre at the Austin Hospital or the Royal Children's Hospital.
September 2014 - Ongoing.