Ever stuttered?

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’.

The Genetics of Stuttering Study

Find out more about our study, including what we are trying discover, the scientists involved and how you can take part.

About Stuttering

Learn about the signs and symptoms of stuttering, what is known about the causes of this condition and other useful resources.

Current Research

Find out about the latest in cutting edge stuttering research, as well as other new research from our team.

Get in touch

Have a question about stuttering or our genetics study? Find out how to contact us.

Study News

VIDEO: The science of stuttering, surprising new research on what causes a stammer.

By MCRI | Sep 3, 2018

Kevin, 70 – Father, grandfather & retired electrical engineer who has battled a life-long stutter, whose father also stuttered, BRISBANE

By Mark Henderson | May 17, 2018

Former electrical engineer, Kevin, 70, Brisbane is happily married with three adult sons and two grandchildren. A keen photographer, Kevin occasionally delivers an address to his camera club. Throughout the latter stages of his professional career, Kevin actively participated in the speaker’s club at his offices, where he, together with several of his colleagues, prepared…

Lisa, 40 – Business owner & mother-of-two who lived with a debilitating stutter until adulthood, whose mother also stuttered, SYDNEY

By Mark Henderson | May 15, 2018

Stuttering had a profound impact on the childhood and adolescence of Lisa, 40, Sydney, who is now a successful business woman and mother-of-two.   Lisa began to stutter at eight years of age. Her mother also lived with a mild stutter her whole life.    Although unable to recall a specific trigger for her speech…

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Genetics of Stuttering Study, Speech and Language Group
Level 5, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
50 Flemington Road,
Parkville, VIC 3052



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Sunday, January 19th, 2020 at 9:18pm
Aged 8 to 18?

Interested in meeting others in the #stuttering #community?

Want to show off your #creative skills?

Enrolment is now open for @sayorg Australia's Confident Voices program. Check out the programs on offer!

Sunday, January 12th, 2020 at 10:34pm
#FunFact - 7 out of 10 people who have signed up so far for the Genetics Of Stuttering study are male.

Find out more about who has volunteered for the study in our last blog post: https://t.co/hSiANRUNoA #scicomm #research https://t.co/uGqwSjNsBT
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Thursday, January 9th, 2020 at 8:14pm
#Didyouknow As well as investigating the genetics of #stuttering, our study team are involved in research into other speech disorders, and several neurological conditions.

Here is one example of some of this exciting other work from study investigator @MelanieBahlo ! #scicomm https://t.co/gCKr7aEfB8
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A decades-long global study involving WEHI bioinformaticians Mark Bennett @HaloomRafehi and @MelanieBahlo revealed two new gene mutations that cause a rare type of #epilepsy.

The research was published in @NatureComms in December.

https://t.co/98FnTVijmO https://t.co/Tsmr1H2FGR
Monday, January 6th, 2020 at 2:12am
Did you hear study investigator, Prof Angela Morgan ( @speechneuro) talk about #stuttering on @ABCaustralia's Summer Sunday Mornings radio show yesterday? Our study got a mention, with a further call for people to take part!

See our website for more: https://t.co/7kcho3tXM0

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.

To help us meet our target of 3,000 participants by 31 December 2020, volunteer for our study today

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