The 17th NFXF International Fragile X Virtual Conference

May 29–30, June 27, July 22, 2020

This is the archive page for the 2020 17th NFXF International Fragile X Virtual Conference.

See the sessions, panels, and presentations held during our 2020 conference below. Also see the 2020 conference replays.


Learn more about the next NFXF International Fragile X Virtual Conference.

2020 Sessions, Panels & Presentations

Fragile X Syndrome Across the Lifespan

Presented by Fragile X experts, medical providers, caregivers, parents, and self-advocates on the topics of medications, education, and development and behavior for young children, adults, and females with Fragile X syndrome. Originally presented May 29–30, 2020.

In alphabetical order, all tracks: Adults, Development and Behavior, Education, Females, Medications, Young Children

Attitudes Toward Identity and Reproductive Decision Making in Women with Fragile X Syndrome
Reymundo Lozano

Awakening of Fragile X Awareness in Mexico
Mary Shelton

Candid Discussion About Sexual Development, Behaviors, and Support for Parents: Being at Ease With the Hard Conversations
Ioana Pal

Capacity Building for Inclusion in Camp & Recreation Programs
Jennifer Phillips

Charting the Journey: Building a Life Care Plan to Support Your Child’s Happiness and Your Peace of Mind
Mary Anne Ehlert

Collaborate With Us!! Learn how Sensory, Behavioral and Communicative Processes are Interwoven and Require a Team Approach
Laura Greiss Hess, Kerrie Chitwood, Melissa Mello

Development and Discussion of Self-Guided Parent-Implemented Interventions to Improve Outcomes of Youth with Fragile X Syndrome and Their Families
Lauren Bullard

Disability & Special Needs Planning Made Easy
Andre Sam

Early Childhood Developmental & Educational Guidelines for Children with Fragile X Syndrome
Jeanine Coleman, Karen Riley

Encouraging Communication Development in Fragile X Syndrome
Anne Hoffmann, Kristen Vincent

Fragile X Behavior Across Development: Prioritizing Treatment
Rebecca Shaffer

Hands-on Sensory and Somatic Self-Regulation for Managing Hyperarousal in Fragile X Syndrome
Tracy Murnan Stackhouse

Housing Family Group, Our Journey Creating Inclusive Housing Communities
Laurie Williams

KEYNOTE: Gregg Harper
Gregg L. Harper

KEYNOTE: Life as a Sibling of Someone with Fragile X Syndrome | WATCH
Sophia James

Managing Powerful Emotions for Young Children with FXS: Preschool Social & Emotional Skills Groups
Jeanine Coleman, Gloria Miller

Medication Management in ADHD
Carol Delahunty, Ave Lachiewicz

Medications for Fragile X: Anxiety, Irritable Behaviors, Aggression | WATCH
Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, Craig Erickson

My Journey to Driving with Fragile X Syndrome
Caroline Bridges

PANEL: Adult Issues | WATCH
Panelists: Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, Randi Hagerman, Craig Erickson, Marcia Braden, Jayne Dixon Weber
Moderator: Robert Miller

PANEL: Advocacy
Panelists/Moderators: Gregg L. Harper, Dan Whiting

PANEL: Clinical Trials in Fragile X Syndrome | WATCH
Panelists: Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, Craig Erickson, Randi Hagerman
Moderator: Jayne Dixon Weber

PANEL: Development & Behavior | WATCH
Panelists: Rebecca Shaffer, Barbara Haas-Givler, Kristin Burgess, Ruth Meissner, Tracy Murnan Stackhouse
Moderator: Robert Miller

PANEL: Education | WATCH
Panelists: Barbara Haas-Givler, Jeanine Coleman, Kerrie Chitwood, Karen Riley, Tracy Murnan Stackhouse
Moderators: Jayne Dixon Weber and Linda Sorensen

PANEL: Females with FXS
Panelists: Samantha Rhodes, Jodi Selinger, Cassie Stringer, Allison Cohen
Moderator: Marcia Braden

PANEL: Males with FXS
Panelists: Aaron Heisel, Doug Cooper, Joshua Rocker, Spencer Shelton, Michael Cohen
Moderator: Marcia Braden

PANEL: Medications | WATCH
Panelists: Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, Craig Erickson, Randi Hagerman
Moderator: Jayne Dixon Weber

PANEL: Young Children | WATCH
Panelists: Anne Hoffmann, Jennifer Epstein, Jeanine Coleman, Tracy Murnan Stackhouse
Moderator: Linda Sorensen

Practical Strategies to Address Executive Function Deficits in School-Aged Girls with Fragile X Syndrome
Barbara Haas-Givler

Preparing for the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood
Gail Spiridigliozzi, Ave Lachiewicz, Deby Burgess, Louise Morris, Jeffrey Morris

Seeing the Fragile X Light: How Collaboration Enhances Progress
Jessica Belokas, Tracy Murnan Stackhouse

Setting the Stage for Success: Effective Strategies to Promote and Support Social Skills in School-Aged Children with FXS
Barbara Haas-Givler

Strategies to Enhance Play with Your Toddler or Preschooler
Jennifer Epstein

Targeted Medication Interventions in Fragile X Syndrome, From Basic Science to Clinical Trials
Sean McBride, Andrew Levitas

The ABC’s of Behavior — Scientific Strategies to Support Behavior Change
Liz Coan

The Fragile X Protein: What It Does and How Much is Enough | WATCH
Paul Hagerman

Toilet Training Across the Lifespan in FXS
Jennifer Epstein

Transitioning to Independence in Adulthood: What Helps? What Are the Barriers? | WATCH
Leonard Abbeduto, Jessica Klusek, Julie Lounds Taylor, Angela John Thurman

Trauma-Informed Care Applied in the Case of Fragile X Syndrome
Tracy Murnan Stackhouse, Meade McCue

Visual Wizardry: Using Visual Strategies to Support Daily Function
Ruth Meissner, Tracy Murnan Stackhouse

What Are These Behaviors? Changes That Happen in Adolescence
Rebecca Shaffer

What’s Next? Is Post-Secondary Education Right for You? What to Consider and How to Prepare
Kimberly Walther

You Really Are Never Too Old to Wear a Pink Tutu and Other Lessons Our Son Has Taught Our Family (2020 Update) | WATCH
Jayne Dixon Weber

Premutation Carrier Issues

Parent experiences, caring for yourself, Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome, and Fragile X-associated primary ovarian insufficiency. Originally presented June 27, 2020.

In alphabetical order, all tracks: Premutation Carrier Issues, Parent Experience, FXPOI, FXTAS

A Fragile X Journey: Lessons in Navigation
Kerry McCarthy Adams

CARRIERS: Finding BALANCE, Physically and Emotionally in the Grips of Fragile X
Frandi Mars

Fragile X & IVF: The Road We Traveled
Jennifer Barber

Fragile X Premutation Screening in the Male IVF Population
Lauren Yacobucci

Fragile X-Associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome 101 | WATCH
Deborah Hall, Maureen Leehey

International Premutation Research Registry: Getting Involved to Help Advance Our Understanding and Future Treatment of FXTAS and Other Premutation Issues | WATCH
David Hessl, Robert Miller

IVF? PGD? My Personal Journey as a Premutation Carrier — Navigating the Different Paths to Having a Biological Family — Was Confusing, Discouraging, Joyful and More
Keiko Mathewson

KEYNOTE: CGG Repeats as Drivers of Disease and Targets for Therapy in Fragile X-Associated Disorders | WATCH
Peter Todd

KEYNOTE: Health Concerns for Women Premutation Carriers: FXPOI and Beyond
Emily Allen

Panel: Fragile X-Associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome: Advancing Our Understanding and Future Treatment of FXTAS | WATCH
Panelists: Deborah Hall, Maureen Leehey, Peter Todd, Nancy Hertzig
Moderator: Robert Miller

Panel: Premutation Carrier Concerns
Panelists: Randi Hagerman, Heather Hipp, Emily Allen, Marsha Mailick

Pilates for Caregivers! Reduce Stress! Breathe! Improve Your Posture! Stretch and Strengthen! Relax! Focus!
Heather Crosby

Premutation Carriers — The Latest
Randi Hagerman

Reproductive and Gynecologic Care for Women with the Fragile X Premutation | WATCH
Panelists: Heather Hipp, Jennifer Barber, Keiko Mathewson
Moderator: Jayne Dixon Weber

Self Care for Mothers of Children With Fragile X Syndrome
Christine Escobar-Sawicki

Surviving and Thriving! the Day to Day with Fragile X
Kara Frech

Two Xtraordinary Brothers
Nancy Hertzig, Nick Hertzig

Using Mindfulness and Acceptance Techniques to Reduce Stress and Improve Coping
Anne Wheeler

Women with Fragile X-Associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome — An Update on Clinical Criteria
Andrea Schneider

Fragile X Research Roundup

Top researchers on the hottest research topics in Fragile X, including recently completed and ongoing studies. Originally presented July 22, 2020.

In alphabetical order

A Comparison of the Expressed Emotion of Parents of Children With FXS and Parents of Children With Different Causes of Intellectual Disability
Jeanine Coleman

A Qualitative Analysis of Parent Reported Behavior Problems for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Comparison of Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Talia Thompson

Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV) Mediated Approach to Durably Restore FMRP in Mouse Brain
Lindsay Beasley

Age-Related Decline in Cognitive-Linguistic Skills in Carriers of the FMR1 Premutation: Syntactic Complexity Declines Across Midlife in Women with Family Histories of FXTAS
Jessica Klusek

All Three Mammalian MutL Complexes are Required for Repeat Expansion in a Cell Model of the Fragile X-Related Disorders
Carson Miller

Asuragen: Fragile X Molecular Testing: What, When, Why & How
Gary Latham

Auditory Hypersensitivity and Cognitive Performance in FMR1 Premutation Carriers
Jordan Norris

Baseline Toolbox Data from a Multicenter Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Metformin in Individuals with Fragile X Syndrome
Hazel Maridith B. Biag

Behavioral Rigidity in Fragile X Syndrome: Using EEG to Provide Novel Insights Into Its Neural Underpinnings
Lauren Schmitt

Biomarkers Predictive of Metformin Treatment in Fragile X Syndrome
Flora Tassone

Brain Activation During a Social Interaction Task in Girls with Fragile X Syndrome
Matthew Marzelli

Cardiovascular Problems in the Fragile X Premutation: Case Series and Review
Nattaporn Tassanakijpanich

Cattell-Horn Carroll Theory-Based Cognitive Profile of Children with Fragile X Syndrome Using the Woodcock Johnson, Fourth Edition
Christina Aguirre-Kolb

Cerebellar-Cortical Function and Connectivity During Sensorimotor Behavior in Aging FMR1 Gene Premutation Carriers
Walker McKinneys

Child Challenging Behavior Influences Maternal Mental Health and Relationship Quality Over Time in Fragile X Syndrome
Heather Fielding-Gebhardt

Cognitive and Adaptive Behavior Profiles in Fragile X Syndrome: Baseline Cohort in a Multi-Site Natural History Study
Lisa Cordeiro

Complexity and Coherence Across Language Contexts in Females with Fragile X Syndrome
Hannah Barton

Coupled Transcriptional and Translational Reactivation of the Fragile X Locus
Bryana Bayly

Delineating Repetitive Behavior Profiles Across the Lifespan in Fragile X Syndrome: Results from the FORWARD Project
Debra Reisinger

Development of a Large Mammalian Model of Fragile X Syndrome
Victoria Hawkins

Development of Neural Response to Novel Sounds in Fragile X Syndrome: Potential Biomarkers
Elizabeth Berry-Kravis

Differences in Temporal Parietal Junction Activation Between Fragile X Premutation Carriers Who Do and Do Not Convert to Having Fragile X-Associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS)
Diego Placido

Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Single-Dose Study of Minocycline and Lovastatin in Adults with Fragile X Syndrome
Craig Erickson

Drug Treatment of Irritability, Aggression, Agitation and Self-Injurious Behavior in Fragile X Syndrome
Craig Erickson

Empathy and Anxiety in Young Girls with Fragile X Syndrome
Jonas Miller

Examination of Correlates to Health-Related Quality of Life in Individuals with Fragile X Syndrome: Results from the FORWARD Project
Craig Erickson

Examining Maintenance of Skills Gained in a Parent-Implemented Spoken Language Intervention for Fragile X Syndrome
Amy Banasik

Exploring 5-HT2 Receptors as Targets for Treating Epilepsy in Fragile X Syndrome: A Preclinical Study of FMR1 Knock-Out Mice
Tanishka Saraf

Exploring Anxiety in Girls with Fragile X Syndrome
Amy Lightbody

Factor Structure of the Aberrant Behavior Checklist in Individuals with FXS: Clarifications and Future Guidance
Howard Andrews

Factors Associated with CGG Repeat Instability and Mosaicism in Female FMR1 Premutation Carriers
Yehyun Hwang

Feasibility and Validity of Standardized Language Assessment in Fragile X Syndrome
Anne Hoffmann

Feasibility of Dual-Task Treadmill Training to Improve Gait and Balance in Patients with FXTAS: A Pilot Trial
Deborah Bang

Feasibility of Utilizing Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (FNIRS) as an Imaging Tool in Young Children with Fragile X Syndrome (FXS)
Victoria Rosen

Increasing Access to Services for Families of Infants with Fragile X: Utilizing Telehealth for Genetic Counseling, Assessment, and Intervention | WATCH
Anne Wheeler, Beth Boyea, and Katherine C. Okoniewski

Keynote: Basic Science Research Update: From FMRP Biology and FXS Disease Mechanisms to Rationale for Therapeutic Strategies | WATCH
Gary Bassell

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