Genetics of Learning Disability (GOLD)

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Welcome to the GOLD Study - Finding the

Genetic Basis of Learning Disability


The Genetics of Learning Disability (GOLD) Study, established in 2001 by Dr F Lucy Raymond, is based at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (CIMR) within the University Department of Medical Genetics. The project has collaborated at home with Professor M Stratton at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and internationally with the research groups of Dr C Schwartz and Dr R Stevenson of Greenwood, South Carolina, and Drs G Turner, M Partington, A Hackett and J Gecz of Newcastle and Adelaide, Australia.

The aim of GOLD is to identify the genes on the X chromosome that contribute to significant intellectual disability and to lead the way towards greater understanding of the mechanisms by which intellectual disability occurs. Ultimately the aim is to improve the services available to affected families.

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January 2011 - For an update on the GOLD study please click here



We would like to express our gratitude to the many families who are participating in the GOLD Study.

Also to our collaborators and clinical colleagues who have all made major contributions to the study. We welcome your continuing support.