This summer, the NFXF will fund four summer student research fellowships at $2,500 each through the Summer Fellowship Research Fund.

Since its inception in 2000, the fund has awarded $225,000 to 90 students all focused on advancing the knowledge and understanding of Fragile X.

The 2015 recipients of these fellowships have been awarded to:

  • Kanisha Desai – Emory University
    Cellular and Biomolecular Characterization of Fragile X Patient Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Derived Neurons
    Supervised by Dr. Gary Bassell
  • Nada El-Sayed – Cincinnati Children’s Medical Hospital Center
    The effect of genetic background on Kv4.2 expression in FXS mouse models
    Supervised by Christina Gross, PhD
  • Sarah Fitzpatrick – UC Davis MIND Institute
    A Controlled Trial of Sertraline in Young Children with Fragile X Syndrome
    Supervised by Randi Hagerman, MD
  • Erin Robertson-Dick – Rush University Medical Center
    Effects of cognitive function and dual-task interference on balance and gait in premutation carriers of the Fragile X mental retardation 1 gene
    Supervised by Joan A. O’Keefe, PT, PhD and Deborah A. Hall, MD, PhD

At the end of the summer, we will update you with reports from their studies.