Our research programme is aimed at investigating the genetic component of common neurodevelopmental disorders such as dyslexia and related cognitive traits. We are conducting large genetic screening on carefully characterised children cohorts to identify genetic candidates underlying the phenotypes. In parallel, we are developing functional assays to study how these candidates might affect gene function with a particular interest on gene expression regulation. The goal of our research is both to identify the genetic determinants of common disorders and to understand the mechanisms underlying human cognition.