What Causes Stuttering with Dr. Dennis Drayna from the NIH (Ep. 560)

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Dennis Drayna, Ph.D., Senior Investigator, National Institutes of Health

What causes stuttering is a question that professionals and others in the stuttering community are frequently called upon to answer. Today on StutterTalk we ask Dr. Dennis Drayna how he responds when parents ask this questionDr. Drayna reports that a fourth stuttering gene has been found and that scientists may not be able to account for upwards of 12-20% of stuttering cases.

Dennis Drayna, Ph.D., is Senior Investigator at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Read more about Dr. Drayna at the NIH website here. Dr. Drayna’s other StutterTalk appearances are archived here.

Related Episodes:

  • What Causes Stuttering with Dr. Mark Onslow from ASRC (Ep. 558)
  • Ask. Dr. Dennis Drayna from the NIH about Genetics and Stuttering (StutterTalk Ep. 500)
  • Did Neanderthals Stutter? – with Dr. Dennis Drayna from the NIH (StutterTalk Ep.  378)

Related Links:

  • Association between Rare Variants in AP4E1, a Component of Intracellular Trafficking, and Persistent Stuttering (abstract)
  • Mucolipidosis types II and III and non-syndromic stuttering are associated with different variants in the same genes (abstract)
  • NIH researchers pinpoint additional gene tied to persistent stuttering (link)
  • How NIDCD research is leading to an understanding of stuttering (videocast featuring Dr. Drayna)