A team of researchers from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, headed by UWA Associate Professor Julian Heng, has been awarded a grant to investigate the role of genetic mutations in childhood brain disorders.
The research project will address how such mutations disrupt normal foetal brain development and lead to intellectual disability.
“We have already identified a gene known as RP58, as an important factor for healthy brain development and we have evidence that mutations to this gene cause intellectual disability,” Associate Professor Heng said.
The long-term goal of the investigation is to generate new ways to predict and manage intellectual disability. It is also hoped the research can be applied to other brain disorders.
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The above story is based on materials provided by the University of Western Australia.