Briefly: Medical school receives $5.2M to develop screening test for dyslexia

The Manton Foundation has awarded a $5.2 million grant to fund research on dyslexia at the Yale School of Medicine. The grant’s recipient, Jeffrey Gruen, an associate professor of pediatrics and genomics, will use the funding to compare the genomes of 1,000 dyslexic children with those of 1,000 non-dyslexic children. The comparison will allow Gruen to develop a more detailed picture of the genes that have been implicated in reading disabilities and to possibly identify other genes relating to dyslexia. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop a simple and inexpensive screening test for dyslexia that would apply to the general American population, including groups that have not been typically included in dyslexia research.

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