FORWARD Registry & Database

Fragile X Online Registry With Accessible Research Database

NOTICE: This is the home of FORWARD, the Fragile X Online Registry With Accessible Research Database. The FORWARD website previously located at now redirects here on the National Fragile X Foundation website. If you have any questions, please contact the FORWARD National Coordinator, Amie Milunovich at (Updated 11/24/2021)

By Amie Milunovich

We live in an era where science is moving at a remarkably fast pace and improving by the day. Behind the science and data are real people, willing to contribute their time and health information for the development of future knowledge. Without their contributions, we cannot understand the full impact of Fragile X syndrome (FXS) in people’s lives, nor how to improve their lives in the future.

Thus, the FORWARD project was born:

Fragile X Online Registry With Accessible Research Database.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided funding and support to develop FORWARD in partnership with the National Fragile X Foundation. FORWARD has since grown to become a large and invaluable resource for health, clinical, and social support information on people with FXS in the United States.

In the past, scientific advancements helped researchers understand the genetics of FXS; however, there was less information about how this syndrome presents itself throughout a person’s lifetime. Researchers raised questions about health, future treatments, and interventions for individuals with FXS, as well as how the syndrome affects their quality of life and that of their families.

To help answer these questions, researchers needed a better picture of how FXS presents itself across the human lifespan. Information from many people of all different races, ethnicities, and geographic locations across the United States was needed to help fill this informational gap and figure out ways to ease the burden on families.

Elizabeth Berry-Kravis webinar Aging in Fragile X Syndrome

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Aging in Fragile X Syndrome

Dr. Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, FORWARD principal investigator, discusses the value of the FORWARD database for understanding problems that face adults living with Fragile X syndrome.

What is FORWARD?

FORWARD is a registry and a clinical database that allows specialty clinics across the U.S. to work together and gather important information about people of all ages with Fragile X syndrome. FORWARD contains two components:

1. FORWARD Registry

The Registry enrolls all family members in a Fragile X family.

2. FORWARD Database

The Database enrolls only participants who have Fragile X syndrome.

The Database includes in-depth information about individuals with Fragile X syndrome. In the database, data are collected from each individual over many years in order to understand the medical, social, and behavioral changes individuals with Fragile X syndrome may experience from infancy to late adult life. The information is collected on structured forms from parents and the clinicians who provide care for individuals with Fragile X syndrome. The data are de-identified, which means that the information submitted to the FORWARD centralized repository does not contain identifying information about the participant.



FORWARD data can be used in a variety of ways:

We are excited to share journal publications resulting from FORWARD data, with many more papers currently in development! The future for FXS research is bright as more rich data are gathered.

publications resulting from forward data

Thank You

THANK YOU to all participating families for your willingness to share your life experiences for research. By giving families, doctors, scientific researchers, and policymakers an inside look into how FXS presents itself across the human lifespan, we can facilitate the actions needed to reach more positive health outcomes and an improved quality of life. Your participation in FORWARD will lead to better care and services for future generations affected by FXS.

FORWARD is supported by cooperative agreements #U01DD000231, #U19DD000753 and # U01DD001189, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This content is solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

Author Dan Whiting

Amie Milunovich
Amie joined the NFXF in 2015 and serves as the FORWARD national coordinator. She has eight years of experience coordinating clinical research trials. Amie was a research assistant and research coordinator for numerous clinical trials at several programs. Amie holds a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer science and is a SOCRA certified clinical research professional (CCRP). She enjoys Bikram yoga, painting, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.


If you have questions about anything research-related, we’d love to hear from you! You can reach out to Hilary Rosselot directly, or submit your question or comment through our contact form below.

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Hilary Rosselot,
Director of Research Facilitation
(202) 747-6208

Last Updated: 12/31/2020