NEUROGENETICSSilvia Paracchini Research Group
Royal Society University Research Fellow
We are studying the genetic basis of complex cognitive and behavioural phenotypes. In particular we focus on the biology of dyslexia, a specific impairment in learning to read which is caused in large part by genetic factors. We are also interested in cognitive traits related to dyslexia such as general reading and language abilities.
More recently we have become interested in handedness and in a complex link between dyslexia and laterality. We are using large scale screening involving genome-wide and functional genomics approaches to identify candidate genes or loci underlying these phenotypes. In parallel we are developing functional assays to understand the biological mechanisms that mediate genetic differences to phenotypic variation.
We are excited to share the largest ever meta-analysis for left-handedness prevalence. This work look at data from over 200 studies with more than 2 million participants. The study has been led by our collaborator Dr Marietta Papadatou-Pastou at the University of...
We are excited to welcome Dr Judith Schmitz who join the group supported by a a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Judith will work on the handedness project.
This month we are happy to share some of our latest work. A paper describing the expression pattern of the dyslexia candidate gene KIAA0319 in zebrafish has been published in the Journal of Comparative Neurology. This work has been led by Monika during her PhD. We...
Silvia has given a plenary talk in beautiful San Marino at the Italian Dyslexia Association. You can see here some photos of the event.
Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD scholarship to work with Dr Silvia Paracchini (School of Medicine) and Dr Margaret Leighton (School of Economics and Finance) at the University of St Andrews.
Background: Dyslexia, dyscalculia, developmental language disorder (DLD), stuttering, and ADHD are common neurodevelopmental disorders affecting about 10% children. In addition to the personal…