Opportunities for Families

Join the FORWARD Registry and Database

The Fragile X Clinical & Research Consortium (FXCRC) is a group of clinics and research facilities across the United States that are dedicated to assisting families and individuals who are affected by fragile X syndrome (FXS) or one of the other Fragile X-associated Disorders. Most clinics are part of university and/or hospital settings. There, experts in the field of FXS can offer medical, therapeutic, and educational evaluations, treatment recommendations, and referrals to other important resources. The information gathered from patients and families can help expand knowledge about FXS to guide future treatment.

One of the best ways for families to help their doctors gather this information is to become part of the FORWARD Registry and Database.

Drug Studies

Clinical trials (studies involving humans with the actual condition) of new medications for the treatment of Fragile X-associated Disorders (FXD) are currently underway at many sites throughout the U.S. and the world. These trials involve individuals with a FXD, including fragile X syndrome. Typically, these trials are sponsored by a pharmaceutical company seeking to determine the effectiveness of a new drug. Sometimes the studies involve older drugs previously used for treatment of conditions other than Fragile X. Studies typically go through three phases prior to being considered for approval by the government. Phase III studies begin only after effectiveness has been shown to occur in animals and after safety has been proven in individuals without a Fragile X disorder.

To ensure that the effects of the drugs are not influenced by the researchers hopes or expectations, most studies are “double-blind, placebo controlled.” That is, the researcher/clinician, prescribing the drug does not know who is receiving the actual drug and who is receiving a placebo (sugar pill). The parents or the actual participant also does not know. This process is considered the “gold-standard” of medical studies and helps make sure that only truly effective medicines end up as treatments.

Since these are studies only, following the conclusion of the study, in most cases the participants must stop taking the drug. However, in some placebo-controlled studies, all participants are allowed to go on the medication (not placebo) through a so-called “extension.” In this case usually the company is collecting data about long-term safety of the drug and the extension may go on for variable amounts of time, sometimes even until the drug is approved by the government. Should the studies prove that the drug is safe and effective, and once the drug is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the individual may be prescribed the medication by his or her physician.

Alternative Types of Studies

Not all studies involve drugs. Studies can involve behavior, language development and other important areas of intervention and development. These studies are as important as drug studies and will help doctors, therapists, educators and counselors improve treatments as well as take better advantage of new opportunities that may result from new drugs.


At the NFXF, we post all opportunities for families that meet General Guidelines for posting established by our Scientific and Clinical Advisory Committee and by our Ethics Committee.

The NFXF also periodically assists with research recruitment through a variety of means including mailings, email blasts and Facebook postings. This is a fee-based service designed to promote the advancement of Fragile X research including on behalf of university-based researchers, pharmaceutical companies, and others who meet our general guidelines, while compensating the NFXF for the associated staff time and materials expense. If you prefer to not receive these notifications please click here.

If you are a family member and have any questions about a specific study, please use the contact information listed on the clinic’s announcement. If you are a professional and have any questions about how the NFXF can assist you with recruitment, please call (800) 688-8765.

Recent Opportunities & Clinical Trials

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  • The purpose of this study is to explore parent perceptions of clinician-client relationships in speech-language treatment for children. We believe that the development of collaborative working relationships between speech-language pathologists, children receiving treatment, and their parents are important aspects of the treatment process. We are working to develop tools to accurately measure the strength of these relationships. » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on September 12, 2016 | Categories : Opportunities for families,Research | Comments Off on Parent Perspectives on Rapport in Speech-Language Treatment for Children
  • Stanford School of Medicine is seeking boys, ages three and ten years, to participate in a study evaluating behavioral treatments for disruptive behaviors. » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on September 8, 2016 | Categories : Opportunities for families | 9 Comments
  • If your child is between six and 17 years of age, Georgia State University is interested in studying their walking pattern and bone mineral density. » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on August 1, 2016 | Categories : Opportunities for families | Comments Off on Research Study of Children with Fragile X Syndrome at Georgia State University
  • The Translational Applied Behavior Analysis Laboratory at Stanford University is seeking boys with FXS to participate in an innovative new research study involving a brief social skills intervention and MRI brain imaging. » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on June 15, 2016 | Categories : Opportunities for families,Research | 3 Comments
  • The focus of this research is on understanding how couples communicate about genetic testing in regards to their children and how they decide about future children knowing there is a potential or actual genetic risk. » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on June 9, 2016 | Categories : Opportunities for families,Research | Comments Off on Research: Experiences and Decision-Making Processes
  • Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the National Human Genome Research Institute invites you to participate in a research study on how parents of people with fragile X syndrome (FXS) experience and make decisions about FXS drug development clinical trials. The goal of this research study is to explore the personal story of parents who have experience with FXS drug development clinical trials. » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on June 2, 2016 | Categories : Opportunities for families,Research | Comments Off on Research Opportunity: National Institutes of Health Research into Clinical Trial Experiences
  • Little is known about the early psychosocial and family development of young children with neurodevelopmental disorders. The goal of this study is to partner with families affected by these conditions to better understand children’s individualized strengths and needs. » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on May 6, 2016 | Categories : Opportunities for families,Research | Comments Off on Purdue University Phenotype Survey
  • If you have a son with fragile X syndrome between 36 and 66 months of age, you and your child are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by Dr. Angela Thurman from the Laboratory on Language Development in Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the MIND Institute University of California, Davis. Study Goals The goal of this study is to learn more about the factors influencing language learning in boys with fragile X syndrome. In the future, it is possible that this information will help us... » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on January 11, 2016 | Categories : Opportunities for families | 3 Comments
  • Dear Families, You are invited to take part in a fragile X syndrome (FXS) study for racial and ethnic minority children and families by taking an online survey. The researcher, Georgianna Baker-Gay, is a Public Health doctoral student at Capella University. In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree Doctor of Public Health, the researcher has chosen to examine the needs of FXS racial and ethnic minority children and families. The purpose of the study is to create a racial and ethnic minority Fragile X awareness and education program intended to improve identification and management of FXS... » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on November 13, 2015 | Categories : Opportunities for families | Comments Off on Study: Racial and Ethnic Minority Fragile X Survey
  • Purpose of Study To better understand the emotional experiences and experiences with support systems of mothers who are carriers of fragile X syndrome and have had a child diagnosed in the first three years of life. Determine if there is a change in emotional intensity or a change in the types of support available and utilized by mothers before versus after a child is diagnosed with fragile X syndrome. Determine if there is a correlation between emotional intensity and types of support utilized before and after a child... » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on October 28, 2015 | Categories : Opportunities for families | Comments Off on Diagnosis of Fragile X Syndrome: A Pre- and Post-Diagnosis Comparison of Carrier Mothers’ Emotional and Support Experiences
  • Participate in Fragile X research from anywhere! This research study is looking at the relationship between sensory processing skills (response to sensory experiences) and the development of daily life skills (adaptive skills). The goal of this research study is to find out more information about what daily living skills children with Fragile X are developing as they grow up, and how their ability to process sensory experiences contributes to their performance and behavior. Who can participate? Parents who have a child with full mutation Fragile X. Child... » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on March 9, 2015 | Categories : Opportunities for families | 5 Comments
  • The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) at Stanford University would like to inform you of an exciting new research project involving families who have a child diagnosed with fragile X syndrome. This innovative, five-year, NIMH funded research project was awarded $5 million in funding in the fall of 2012 and the study is now underway. The... » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on March 8, 2015 | Categories : Opportunities for families | Comments Off on UNC-Stanford Project on Brain Development in Fragile X Syndrome Receives $5M Grant Award
  • Researchers at the University of Michigan are looking for fathers of children with fragile X syndrome to participate in a survey about their parenting experiences. Previous research has focused on how moms cope. This time, we want to hear from dads! To participate you must be 18 years or older, male, and a parent (biological or adoptive) of at least one child with fragile X syndrome. If you choose to participate in this study, you will be helping us better understand dads’ experiences with FXS and... » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on November 28, 2014 | Categories : Opportunities for families | Comments Off on UMich: Study Opportunity for FXS Dads
  • We are interested in learning if a behavioral treatment called Parent- Implemented Language Intervention will support spoken language development in boys with fragile X syndrome (FXS). This study might be a good fit for you if: You are the mother of a 10-17 year old son with fragile X syndrome. Your native language is English. Your son uses phrases of 2-3 words or longer. If you decide to take part in the study: You and your son would need to come to the MIND Institute for 2 visits,... » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on November 10, 2014 | Categories : Opportunities for families | 2 Comments
  • This research seeks to understand how protein formation in the brain is affected in fragile X syndrome (FXS). Researchers will measure the rate at which the brain makes proteins (protein synthesis) and will identify specific parts of the brain affected in FXS. In the future, measurement of protein synthesis in FXS may help us to develop and test new therapies. The study enrolls eligible young men with FXS, ages 18-24, from around the world, and includes: One visit, lasting several days, to the NIH Clinical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland. Assessment by physicians Blood draw, Two brain scans (PET & MRI), possible sedation Travel, food, and... » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on October 26, 2014 | Categories : Opportunities for families | 1 Comment
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