2.3 Other studies
(a) Study on learning disabilities
Understanding how genetics factors contribute towards the aetiology of learning disabilities:
Researcher: Andrew Edwards
This project seeks to unearth novel genetic causes of learning disabilities.
Brain regions such as the cortex, corpus callosum and hippocampus are involved in learning and memory processes.
Disruption of these structures may underlie learnimng disabilities and failures in cognition.
This project involves anatomically screening brains of mutagenically altered mouse pedigrees for gross defects at these brain regions.
Upon discovery of anatomical defects, genetics are used to map and sequence the genes responsible.