Centre of Research Excellence in Speech and Language

Our vision is to transform speech pathology practice by identifying, understanding and targeting the underlying causes of developmental speech and language disorders

speech and language logoThe Centre of Research Excellence in Speech and Language is an international collaboration of experts in the fields of speech pathology, paediatric neurology, neuroscience, genetics and bioinformatics. We are funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council for the next five years.

Why research causes of speech and language disorders?

Speech and language disorders are common.
One in five Australian children starts school with a speech or language disorder. Some children will grow out of it, but others will have persistent communication difficulties.

Speech and language disorders often run in families.
This suggests there may be genes that make it more likely a person will have a speech or language disorder.

Relatively little is known about the genetic causes of speech and language disorders.
We know that speech and language disorders arise out of a complex triad of genetic, neurological and environmental factors. Genetic factors are thought to play a significant role in speech and language, however, only some genes for childhood speech disorder have been identified to date.

Understanding causes of speech and language disorders will improve developments in treatment.
Currently, many treatments for speech and language disorders focus on symptoms only without targeting the underlying cause of the problem. Learning more about the genetic and neurobiological basis of speech and language disorders will help us identify who may be at risk and allow us to develop more targeted treatments.

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CRE in Speech and Language
Murdoch Children's Research Institute
The Royal Children's Hospital
50 Flemington Road
Parkville VIC 3052
Australia

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