NINH engages in applied research aimed at defining and understanding the brain correlates of learning and developmental difficulties. This research encourages therapies to be developed that take advantage of the brain's inherent ability to rewire when confronted with problems.
In the US, one out of every ten school-aged children has spent some time in a special education classroom. One in twenty shows a specific learning disability in spoken or written language.
Furthermore, the impact of learning problems compound with age, often with adverse effects on self-esteem, vocation, independent living, and social skills.
Fortunately, recent brain research has shown there is a correctable biological basis for many learning problems. NINH has been explicitly established to develop and evaluate new treatment strategies for learning problems and other neurobiological conditions.