Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Robinson Crusoe

  • This project works with the population of the Robinson Crusoe Island in Chile. These families are affected by a high incidence of speech and language disorders. We use high-throughput genetic technologies (association and sequencing) to identify genetic variants that are more common in affected individuals than expected by chance.

    Research Question: are there genetic factors which explain the high prevalence of speech and language disorders in the Robinson Crusoe Population?

    This project is in collaboration with researchers from the University of Chile and the University of Birmingham and was funded by the John Fell Fund and the MRC.

    Chilean Language and Reading Alliance (CLARA) 

    This project aims to deliver a reading intervention programme on the Robinson Crusoe Island. The programme uses a randomised control trial (RCT) design to evaluate the effects of extra reading support upon language and reading development.

    Research question: Can explicit reading instruction bolster the language and reading development of children at risk of speech and language disorders?

    This project is in collaboration with researchers from the University of Chile, the University of Oxford, University College London, the University of Leeds and is funded by the Newton Fund through the ESRC.