One of the foremost teaching and research hospitals in Europe, University Children’s Hospital Zurich is leading the effort to unlock the mysteries of certain childhood diseases and disorders. One of the syndromes they are focusing on is dyscalculia, a developmental learning disorder affecting mathematical thinking skills in children, adolescents and adults. To develop early diagnosis and scientifically based therapies for this disorder, still more research is needed. Under the leadership of Prof. Michael von Aster, an internationally acclaimed scientist in this field, a group of researchers at the University Children’s Hospital is currently studying the neuronal correlates of dyscalculia in children.
NOMIS is funding carefully structured comparative research into the neuronal processes of children with and without developmental dyscalculia. This research has already significantly improved the targeted diagnosis of the disorder and is laying the groundwork for a computer-based training program, which is currently under clinical evaluation. As with all NOMIS-funded projects, results from this research are being widely shared throughout the scientific, medical and educational communities.