Genetics of Speech Disorders
Researchers from the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Speech and Language are currently investigating the genetic causes of severe speech disorders such as childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), dysarthria and severe phonological disorder. Although genetic factors are thought to play a significant role in speech and language disorders, little is understood on the genetic bases of these conditions. Currently, many treatments for speech and language disorders focus on symptoms only without targeting the underlying cause of the problem. Learning more about the genetic and neurobiological basis of speech and language disorders will help us identify who may be at risk and allow us to develop more targeted treatments.
Genetics of Stuttering
Participants who choose to volunteer for the ‘Genetics of Stuttering Study’ will be contributing to a global effort to unravel the genetics of stuttering, and may eventually learn more about their own potential genetic make-up with regard to stuttering. Participation in the study is free and easy – volunteers complete a short survey and record a short sample of their speech. Those who qualify will be invited to provide a saliva sample for DNA analysis. If you are interested, or know someone that may be interested please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com OR 1800 931 759.
Studies in specific genetic conditions
Researchers from the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Speech and Language are currently investigating speech and language presentations in several genetic conditions. This knowledge will help us learn more about diagnosis of these conditions, prognosis for speech and language outcomes and assist in tailoring therapies and supports for individuals and their families. Research is currently being conducted in the following genetic conditions:
- SETBP1 haploinsufficiency disorder
- FOXP1-related disorder
- Koolen de Vries Syndrome
- FOXP2-related disorder
- Schinzel-Giedion Syndrome (SETBP1 gain-of-function)
If you are interested in learning more about these studies, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to take part in any of these studies, please fill out this survey or scan the QR code below.