NEUROGENETICSSilvia Paracchini Research Group
The Neurogenetics group at the University of St Andrews is directed by Prof Silvia Paracchini. We are studying the genetic basis of complex cognitive and behavioural phenotypes. In particular we focus on the biology of dyslexia, a specific difficulty 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. We work with collaborators based in different countries and with expertise in different disciplines.
Well done Filippo for a successful PhD viva! Many thanks to the examiners Dr Claudio Toma and Dr Michail Papathomas. We are very proud but sad we could not celebrate in person.
After years of hard work from international and cross-disciplinary research teams, we are happy to see two papers from the GenLang Consortium published in recent weeks. The studies report the GWAS results for reading/literacy measures and for dyslexia. Read more about...
A PhD project is available in our lab as part of the Multimorbidity DTP program. This scheme is open to health professionals registered in the UK. Get in touch if interested. More information can be found here...
Check out the last work led by Judith on the genetics of vision acuity and exploring the links between sensory and cognitive function https://psyarxiv.com/mnrdu/
First in-person meeting abroad since the pandemic! Silvia gave a seminar at CBM in Madrid, hosted by Dr Claudio Toma, where she had the opportunity to discuss projects and potential collaborations.