Project Grant


Dr Megan Wilson
University of Otago

Sex-dimorphic brain development and disease: the role a non-coding RNA encoded within the Anti-Müllerian hormone locus

Shedding light on the nature of neurodevelopmental disorders depending upon the sex of the child

Susceptibility to many common neurological and psychiatric conditions differs and shows a dramatic sex basis – whether the person is male or female. Formation of the human brain during foetal development follows a slightly different path depending upon the sex of the child. These differences arise even before sex-hormones are produced. By determining how male and female sex impacts on the developing brain we hope to shed light on the nature of how sex differences to neurodevelopmental disorders arise.