In a multicentre, multidisciplinary, international project NeuroDys investigates the biological basis of dyslexia by collecting samples of subjects consistently characterised across European community’s populations on three different levels: genetics, environment, and neuroscience. The aim is to understand the etiology of the disorder by integrating the results of the three levels.


03/200602/2009. Project ended.




  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Gerd Schulte-Körne)
  • University of Maastricht (Leo Blomert, Rainer Goebel)
  • Universität Zürich (Daniel Brandeis)
  • Institute for Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Valéria Csépe)
  • Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (Jean-Francois Démonet)
  • Karolinska Institutet (Juha Kere)
  • Universität Salzburg (Karin Landerl)
  • University of Oxford (Anthony Monaco, Lon Cardon)
  • Universität Bonn (Markus Nöthen)
  • King's College London (Robert Plomin)
  • CNRS Paris (Franck Ramus)
  • Cardiff University (Julie Williams)

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22,750,000 dyslexic individuals, including 2,500,000 dyslexic school children in the EC have a specific disorder in learning to read and spell (dyslexia).

The knowledge gained in this project is believed to lead to the discovery of the underlying causes of dyslexia and to the development of early diagnostic instruments as well as specific treatments. At the same time the world’s largest biological dyslexia-databank is created.

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