Rationale and Scientific Aims of the
The aim of the project is to understand
the genetic and environmental causes of reading and language disability
(dyslexia and specific language impairment). We have collected data on reading
via a phone survey of an adolescent twin sample in the "Genetics of
Laterality, Health and Wellbeing, Personality, Smell Sensitivity, Taste
Sensitivity and Reading" HREC Approval (H0206-01-029). The specific
aim of this application is to extend these data to cover spoken language.
This will allow us both to understand specific problems with reading (as
opposed to verbal language) and to understand the behavioural and molecular
genetic relationships between reading, spelling, and language impairment.
Professor Nick Martin, QIMR
Dr Tim Bates, Macquarie University NSW
Daniel Park (IT Support)