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IDA Supports Research in the Field

The scientific diversity of researchers doing work related to dyslexia has broadened during the last few years and, therefore, relevant information is being generated from a wide spectrum of research areas.

The scientific diversity of researchers doing work related to dyslexia has broadened during the last few years and, therefore, relevant information is being generated from a wide spectrum of research areas.

Research reports on dyslexia are now being published from fields such as linguistics, education, genetics, neuroanatomy, and visual and auditory processing. Thus, we are quickly learning more about phonological processing in dyslexics; the etiology including genetic basis of differences in dyslexics in multiple neural systems involved in information processing.

IDA is an active participant in the support of research related to developmental dyslexia. One primary goal of IDA is to foster multidisciplinary research projects on dyslexia so that we can learn more about etiology, neural differences, early detection methods, and the value of simultaneous multisensory structured education approaches. Ultimately, we want to foster methods that enable dyslexic children to learn as efficiently as possible.

The International Dyslexia Association granted $30,000 through our General Research Grant Program in 2006. Award winners were:

  • Dr. Marie Cheour, University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida, $20,000, for the project entitled: Early Intervention for Infants at Risk for Dyslexia
  • Dr. Haiying Meng, Yale Child Health Research Center, New Haven, CT, $10,000, for the project entitled: A Deletion in Intron 2 of DCDC2 Gene Regulates Protein Expression in Developmental Dyslexics

Research Projects Funded by IDA

  • Early Intervention for Infants at Risk for Dyslexia
    Marie Cheour, Ph.D., University of Miami
    (Project temporarily postponed)
  • A Deletion in Intron 2 of DCDC2 Regulates Protein Expression in Developmental Dyslexia
    Haiying Meng, M.D., Ph.D., Yale Child Health Research Center, New Haven, CT
    (Project in progress)

2005-2006

  • Why do Dyslexics do Poorly at Perceptual Tasks?
    Dr. Veronica Edwards, Dr. John Hogben and Mr. Neil Roach (Ph.D. Candidate), University of Western Australia
    (Summary not available)
  • Understanding Dyslexics: Who are the Treatment Resisters?,
    Dr. Linda S. Siegel and Dr. Orly Lipka, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
    (Summary not available)

2004-2005

  • Brain Activity Patterns in Dyslexic and Normal Readers During a Non-word Rhyme Task: A Magnetoencephalography Study
    Janet McGraw Fisher, M.A., Boston University
    (Summary not available)

2003-2004

  • Dyslexia in Chinese
    Dr. Yin Wengang, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China Dr. Weng Xuchu, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China Brendan Weekes, Ph.D., School of Biological Sciences, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, UK
    (Summary not available)

2002-2003

  • Reading Comprehension in Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: The Effects of Working Memory, Inattention, and Linguistic Processing on Literal and Inferential Comprehension
    Rosemary Tannock, Ph.D., The Hospital for Sick Children Karen Ghelani, M.A., Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
    (Summary not available)
  • Lexical and Morphological Effects in Italian Developmental Dyslexia
    Cristina Burani, Ph.D., Institute for Cognitive Sciences of the National Research Council and Technologies, Rome, Italy Professor Pierluigi Zoccolotti, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy
    (Summary not available)

2001-2002

  • Reading Disability, ADHD, and Conduct Disorders in Twins: Common and Specific Genetic Risk Factors
    Dr. Laura Baker, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    (Summary not available)
  • The Nature of Specific Processing Deficits Underlying Dyslexia: Temporal Mechanisms and Developmental Comparisons of Auditory Gap Detection
    Dr. Nancy J. Benson, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada and Dr. Stanley J. Hamstra, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
    (Summary not available)

2000-2001

  • Study of “Pure” Fluency: Comparing Fluent and Dysfluent Readers without the Confounding Effects of Decoding Problems
    Dr. Leonard Katz, Haskins Laboratories, New Haven, CT, USA and Dr. Elena L. Grigorenko, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging on Cross-Modal Processing in Dyslexia
    Dr. Russell Poldrack, Massachusetts General Hospital, NMR Center, Charlestown, MA, USA
  • International Perspectives on Dyslexia
    Dr. Susan A. Vogel, Northern Illinois University, Literacy Education Dept., DeKalb, IL, USA and Dr. Stephen Reder, Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA

1999-2000

  • The Influence of Morphological Structure on the Word Reading of Children with and without Reading Disabilities
    Dr. Joanne F. Carlisle, Northwestern University, School of Education, Comm. Disorders Clinic, Evanston, IL, USA and Dr. C. Addison Stone, Northwestern University, School of Speech, Evanston, IL, USA

1998-1999

  • A Family Study of Reading Achievement in Russia
    Dr. Elena L. Grigorenko, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
  • Evaluating the Effects of an Intervention Program on the Language & Reading Abilities of Children with Language Learning Impairments
    Dr. Diane Frome Loeb, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA

1997-1998

  • The Relationship between Growth Rates in Precursor Literacy Skills and Word Recognition and Spelling Growth Rates in Young Children with Reading Disabilities
    Dr. Donald L. Compton, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA
  • Functional MRI Studies of the Pathophysiology of Dyslexia
    Dr. Guinevere Eden, Georgetown University Medical Center, Dept. of Neuroscience, Washington, DC, USA
  • Dyslexia and Visual-Spatial Talents
    Prof. Ellen Winner, Boston College, Boston, MA, USA
  • Cerebral Asymmetry and Reading Development
    Dr. Christiana M. Leonard, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA and Dr. Linda J. Lombardino, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
  • The Duncan 3 Phase Screening Program
    Yvea E. Duncan, University of Texas, Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA

1996-1997

  • Neuroanatomical Analysis of the Cerebellum in Dyslexia
    Dr. Rod I. Nicholson, University of Sheffield, Dept. of Psychology, Sheffield, England, United Kingdom and Dr. Angela J. Fawcett, University of Sheffield, Dept. of Psychology, Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
  • The Affect of Impaired Magnocellular Function on Children’s Reading
    Dr. Piers L. Cornelissen, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, England, United Kingdom
  • The Role of Orthographic Redundancy in Explaining Reading Difficulties in Children
    Dr. Donald L. Compton, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA
  • Localizing Deficits in Early Visual Processing Using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    Mr. David J. Heeger, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
  • A Genetic Linkage Study of Specific Reading Disability
    Dr. David L. Pauls, Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
  • Investigating the Nature and Prevalence of Visual Deficits in Dyslexic Readers
    Dr. Christopher H. Chase, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, USA and Dr. Stacy L. Birch, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, USA

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