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.

What is involved?

A speech and language assessment, a blood OR saliva sample and an MRI.

Who is eligible?

We need twins aged 4-11years where one twin has a history of speech disorder – and one does not. Families need to be able to visit the Melbourne Brain Centre at the Austin Hospital. To find out more and to express your interest, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.