Please provide your comments on the draft NIH Strategic Plan for Fragile X.
On April 9, 2019, the National Fragile X Foundation provided testimony to support Fragile X research funding at the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. Below is Linda Sorensen's written testimony.
The annual Fishing for a Cure fundraiser, hosted by Joey Christoff in honor of his son Mitch, is an example of inspiring and creative ways to raise money for Fragile X. Thank you Joey and Mitch!
Dr. Leonard Abbeduto of the MIND Institute is conducting a research study to learn more about how certain abilities, experiences, and biology affect language abilities in adulthood. Males and females with FXS entering their last year of high school school or their transition program may be eligible.
Researchers are testing the effectiveness of Metformin to help improve daily living for individuals with Fragile X syndrome. Individuals aged 6–25 who have been diagnosed with FXS may be eligible.
We found two issues potentially hindering the convergence of an autism diagnosis with a known genetic cause. One is lack solidarity on whether or not to recommend genetic testing, and the second is whether or not the test will include the FMR1 gene (or any specific gene for that matter).
Advocating for Fragile X families when members of Congress and their staff are in their home districts is key for three reasons: 1) You don't have to travel; 2) You generally have more time with them; 3) You underscore this is important to their constituents
The NFXF's Clinical Trials Committee provides family-friendly recommendations on the use of Cogmed intervention for memory and attention in Fragile X syndrome.
A research team from the UC Davis MIND Institute recently published findings from a study using a computer program called Cogmed to train memory, flexible thinking, and attention in children and adolescents with Fragile X Syndrome. Referred to as ‘executive function’ - memory, flexible thinking, controlling impulses, and attention are problems characteristic of individuals with Fragile X Syndrome. The computer program was employed with 100 children and adolescents with Fragile X Syndrome – presenting them with challenging visual and auditory tasks involving memory and attention and challenging them to think flexibly in order to complete those tasks.
We work closely with several groups to help on common public policy and funding goals. These partnerships are key to our impact and an important leg in our advocacy stool. Like we say, Together, We're Stronger. One of these key partnerships is the Friends of the NICHD. The NICHD is the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. It is one of the institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and funds most of the Fragile X research at NIH. The Friends work together to support, overall, the funding level for NICHD, which flows down to each of the research areas, including Fragile X.
Two recently published, peer-reviewed Fragile X research papers are now available on our website: Voice of People with Fragile X Syndrome and Their Families: Reports from a Survey on Treatment Priorities, and Best Practices in Fragile X Syndrome Treatment Development.
A conversation with David L. Nelson, Ph.D., a Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and a member of the NFXF Scientific Advisory Council. He is a co-discoverer of the FMR1 gene and the repeat expansion mutation that causes fragile X syndrome. He is answering questions about a recent study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry and an accompanying press release about the paper from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. The headline of the press release claims, "New Fragile X Genes Discovered."
My son has Fragile X Syndrome and I often felt sad that friendship -- which I value enormously -- was something Julian didn’t even notice. He didn’t miss it; I missed it for him. After all, wishing for friends for your kid is pretty universal. Inclusive schools and communities are great on a societal level, but maybe not enough on a personal level.