The Interview: RadarMission

Dyslexia is a neurobiological disorder that manifests in a difficulty acquiring reading, spelling and writing skills. It presents across patients differently, and can lead to challenges with organizational skills and motor coordination. Dyslexia is one of the most prominent learning disabilities and according to some studies, nearly 7% of people are affected. These combined outcomes, alongside a lack of phonological awareness presents a challenge for sufferers trying to navigate a world that is unsuited to their needs.

Accurate diagnosis is key to helping patients access the right support. But given dyslexia’s varying symptoms across patients, as well as its genetic and environmental basis, historically, diagnosis has not always been straightforward. Alongside a multidisciplinary research team of ophthalmologists, neuroscientists, speech pathologists, informatics and mathematicians, Dr. Ioannis Aslanides and Dr. Ioannis Smyrnakis developed R.A.D.A.R., a method that can assess reading difficulties with a unique software. The technique is a non-invasive and the software’s algorithms can quantify the severity of the disorder and suggest an individualized treatment plan. The R.A.D.A.R. method has been put through over 4,000 experiments at Harvard University and the UK’s Cardiff Metropolitan University. This summer, the R.A.D.A.R. team launched the “Defeat Dyslexia” initiative on the Greek island of Crete in one of the world’s most extensive dyslexia testing projects.

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