B4265 - Canalized Word Reading Development - 13/03/2023

B number: 
Principal applicant name: 
Mark Eckert, Ph.D. | Medical University of South Carolina (USA)
Silvia Paracchini, DPhil, Kenneth Vaden, Ph.D., Zijun (James) Wang
Title of project: 
Canalized Word Reading Development
Proposal summary: 

This project examines protection from word reading problems in children with environmental risk for atypical reading development. We focus on genetic and brain structure variables that are hypothesized to buffer against socioeconomic status risks. We will examine how the risk for reading problems changes within adverse environments across genetic and brain structure variables. The research is expected to identify specific developmental environments where genetics and brain structure can support at least normal reading development.

Impact of research: 
The results will advance our understanding of when and how reading and language development is protected in adverse developmental environments.
Date proposal received: 
Monday, 20 February, 2023
Date proposal approved: 
Monday, 6 March, 2023
Mental health - Psychology, Psychiatry, Cognition, Behaviour - e.g. antisocial behaviour, risk behaviour, etc., Cognitive impairment, Learning difficulty, Speech/language problem, GWAS, Medical imaging, NMR, Childhood - childcare, childhood adversity, Cognition - cognitive function, Communication (including non-verbal), Development, Environment - enviromental exposure, pollution, Genome wide association study, Speech and language