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The Investigator Team

This study is based at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. The research team are from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University College London.

Professor Angela Morgan 

Prof. Angela Morgan is a speech pathologist, NHMRC Practitioner Fellow and leads the Neuroscience of Speech group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and University of Melbourne. Her expertise is in speech and language phenotyping for genetic conditions.

Professor Ingrid Scheffer

Prof. Ingrid Scheffer is a Laureate Professor in Paediatric Neurology, University of Melbourne and is Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience. Ingrid is a paediatric neurologist and epileptologist with a large clinical practice caring for children and adults with epilepsy. Her research group was the first to discover a gene for epilepsy and subsequently, many of the genes now known to be implicated.

Professor Melanie Bahlo

Prof. Melanie Bahlo, laboratory head in statistical genetics In the Population Health and Immunity Division, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

Dr. Michael Hildebrand

Dr. Michael Hildebrand (PhD 2006, University of Melbourne), is a neurogeneticist with a well-established track record in applying genetic and functional approaches to elucidate novel pathways involved in human disease. Michael is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow and Head of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory. He has expertise in gene discovery for epilepsy, speech disorders and hearing loss.

Professor Alan Connelly

Prof. Alan Connelly is a world leader in diffusion MRI innovation and leader of the advanced MRI Development Group. The methodological advances made at the Florey are being applied increasingly worldwide to further our understanding of the healthy brain and of how network connectivity is affected in disease. Such advances in technique will also have a major influence on human connectome investigations.

Dr. Frederique Liegeois

Dr. Frederique Liegeois is a cognitive neuroscientist in the Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatry Section at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, one of the world’s leading institutions in paediatric research. Frederique is internationally renowned for her work on the neural bases of inherited and acquired communication disorders.