Special Issue "Genetics of Neurodevelopmental Disorders"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2021.
Interests: identification of genetic/epigenetic mechanism involved in monogenic and complex neurodevelopmental disorders and other rare genetic disorders; syndromic and non-syndromic intellectual disabilities; Tourette syndrome; imprinting disorders; Rett-syndrome and related disorders; Cornelia de Lange syndrome; cohesin deficiency disorders
Neurodevelopmental disorders (NDs) are a group of conditions with onset in the developmental period, often in the pre-school years, and are characterized by developmental deficits that produce impairments of personal, social, academic, or occupational functioning. These conditions often co-occur and include intellectual disability, ADHD, OCD, Tourette syndrome, tic disorders, autism spectrum disorder, etc. Although several environmental causes have been recognized, this Special Issue concentrates on the genetic etiology of NDs. Research in the last 20 years has identified a few chromosomal regions, genes, and polymorphisms associated with the development of NDs. In some cases, these genetic variations are rare, often arise de novo, and have a strong effect, but in most cases, a large number of common variants, individually with a minor effect, contribute to the overall phenotype. Some of the underlying pathological mechanisms are well understood, but for most, additional research is needed to pinpoint the biological link between a genetic variant and the associated neuronal deficits. This link may be established by studying certain epigenetic mechanisms serving as a bridge between the environmental and the genetic architecture of neurodevelopmental disorders.
Prof. Dr. Asuman Zeynep Tümer
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- Neurodevelopmental disorders
- Tourette syndrome
- Tic disorder
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Intellectual disability