Help us better understand the causes of stuttering by joining our genetics study today!
The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute is appealing for volunteers aged 7+ with experience of stuttering (past or present) to participate in the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Speech and Language’s ‘Genetics of Stuttering Study’.
Rich Stephens talks about his experiences with stuttering, and the power of not feeling alone. He feels strongly that “stuttering should never be a taboo subject”. He believes that “to understand anything you need to start at the beginning. Which is why The Genetics of Stuttering Study is so important for the future generations of people who stutter.”
What an exciting day we had on Friday! The Genetics of Stuttering team spent the day speaking to the media about the study, and put a call out for anybody who has ever experienced stuttering to volunteer for our study.
New research from the study team: We found a new gene that causes a neurodevelopmental disorder, with speech impairment.
“We identified seven affected females in four pedigrees with likely pathogenic variants in ZNF142” – Khan et al. 2019
About the 'Genetics of Stuttering Study’
The 'Genetics of Stuttering Study’ aims to pinpoint the genes that predispose individuals to stuttering, which could revolutionise future research into the causes, treatment and prevention of the disorder.
Stuttering or stammering affects verbal communication – particularly the rhythm or flow of communication.
Although the exact cause of stuttering is yet to be determined, genetics does play a role in stuttering, and a number of genetic variants having been identified to date.
The study involves 15 investigators at eight sites in Australia, the UK, the USA and The Netherlands.
Study researchers are working to recruit 3,000 volunteers from Australia, aged 7+ with a history of stuttering (past or present).
Please see http://www.geneticavanstotteren.nl/ for more information about recruitment in the Netherlands and Belgium. We will be starting to recruit from other countries very soon - watch this space!
Participating in this study could make a genuine contribution to the understanding of stuttering.
How can you help?
If you currently live with, or have a history of stuttering, we encourage you to volunteer for our groundbreaking research study by completing the 10 minute core component of our online survey. Depending on your responses to our survey, you may be asked to donate a saliva sample.