The LD Hubs, initiated in 2012, aim to address the causes, symptoms, and treatments of learning disabilities that impact reading, writing, and mathematics. The Hubs focus on understudied research topics and on projects that study those diagnosed with and at-risk for these learning disabilities. Projects also include mentorship of researchers who are in the early stages of their careers with a particular focus on enhancing involvement of individuals under-represented groups in scientific careers.
The focus of the consortium is to tackle topics that cut across multiple research programs within the Child Development and Behavior Branch (CDBB) and beyond. Funded projects are of particular relevance to the Reading, Writing, and Related Learning Disabilities Research Program and the Mathematics and Science Cognition and Learning: Development and Disorders Research Program. The LD Hubs complement the NICHD's efforts on learning disabilities and, in particular, the Learning Disabilities Research Centers, although the LD Hubs have expanded their focus to include mathematics.
- Mechanisms underlying reading difficulty in African American children, with the aim to distinguish African American children who exhibit a learning or reading disability from those whose reading difficulties arise from other sources (e.g., environment) (Georgia State University)
- Examining underlying mechanisms impacting math and reading development for individuals with learning disabilities by utilizing a genetic and neurobiologically sensitive twin design (Ohio State University)
- Risk factors for mathematics failure and neural architecture during early development in children at high risk for math failure (University of California, San Diego)
- Effects of language comprehension interventions combined with a direct skills mathematical problem-solving intervention in students with comorbid mathematics and reading comprehension difficulty (Vanderbilt University)