Neurodevelopmental disorder study needs participants

22 January 2016

Researchers at the University of Auckland are leading a study to uncover DNA changes responsible for rare neurodevelopmental disorders that have not been explained through standard tests. They plan to apply revolutionary new DNA sequencing technologies to obtain a genetic diagnosis for participating families and demonstrate the benefits of routine clinical use of this technology in New Zealand.

They are currently looking for families who have a child (or children) with an undiagnosed neurodevelopmental condition with an accompanying intellectual disability. Participants need to provide a DNA sample (saliva or blood). This study is approved by the Northern B Health and Disability Ethics Committee, reference 12/NTB/59 and is part of a larger project investigating the genetic underpinnings of neurodevelopmental disorders in New Zealand. More information about the wider research programme can be found at the MInds for Minds website or from the contacts below.

If you are interested in participating in this research project please contact the research team directly – Whitney Whitford.