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Friday, January 30, 2015

University of Sydney researchers are launching a world-first study to see if it's possible to detect whether a baby will go on to stutter in later life—well before they start to talk. Researchers will scan newborns with a family history of the disorder to try and find transmission problems in the parts of the brain related to speech that they know are present in older children and adults who stutter. The University of Sydney's Australian Stuttering Research Centre and Brain and Mind Research Institute will team up to conduct the research, which is funded by the Australian Research Council. Director of the Australian Stuttering Research Centre, Professor Mark Onslow, said the study will shed light on the cause of the disorder and could revolutionise diagnosis and treatment. "It will take us a step closer to understanding the cause of stuttering and could potentially lead us to discover more effective early-intervention treatments," said Professor Onslow.

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