The Dyslexia Foundation
OUR MISSION: To facilitate and disseminate scientific breakthroughs and advances in dyslexia through collaboration among neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, geneticists, and practitioners.
Jennifer Zuk, an assistant professor in the Sargent College Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Albert M. Galaburda Research Award from The Dyslexia Foundation (TDF).
The award provides $50,000 in research funding over two years to early or mid-career researchers who investigate novel research questions. In particular, the award provides seed funding for pilot or experimental studies, which allow recipients to test new ideas and apply for NIH funding based on the success of that work.
What is Dyslexia?
“Dyslexia is a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read. These individuals typically read at levels significantly lower than expected despite having normal intelligence. Although the disorder varies from person to person, common characteristics among people with dyslexia are difficulty with phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds), spelling, and/or rapid visual-verbal responding. In individuals with adult onset of dyslexia, it usually occurs as a result of brain injury or in the context of dementia; this contrasts with individuals with dyslexia who simply were never identified as children or adolescents. Dyslexia can be inherited in some families, and recent studies have identified a number of genes that may predispose an individual to developing dyslexia” NIH.gov.
What is the prognosis?
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What Research is Being Done?
Current research avenues focus on developing techniques to diagnose and treat dyslexia and other learning disabilities, increasing the understanding of the biological and possible genetic bases of learning disabilities, and exploring the relationship between neurophysiological processes and cognitive functions with regard to reading ability and learning. This information is provided by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Institute of Health.
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