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.
We are grateful to the RSE for supporting our proposal aimed at setting up a new network in the field of learning disorders. This is an exciting collaboration with Dr Michelle Luciano at the University of Edinburgh. See more here...
Application are open for a 4 year fully funded PhD project to study the genomics and evolution of cognitive abilities. This is a collaboration with Sonja Vernes and Andy Lynch. Get in touch at [email protected] for any queries. More details here:...
Check out Silvia's latest review on the genetics of handedness https://www.mdpi.com/2073-8994/13/10/1792
New paper led by Judith reporting the first GWAS for hearing abilities in children is now out in Neuropsychiatric Genetics!!! Find out more at this link .
The largest genetic study conducted to day in over a million of study participants is out as preprint on MedRxiv. The analysis was led by Dr Michelle Luciano at the University of Edinburgh and involved many research groups from the GenLang Consortium, including our...