We are excited to share journal publications like this one resulting from FORWARD data. There are many more papers currently in development, and the future for Fragile X syndrome research is bright as more data is gathered.

Previous studies have shown that children with Fragile X syndrome exhibit a higher frequency of sleep problems relative to typically developing counterparts. This paper describes an overview of sleep difficulties in children with FXS and their impact on families. The Fragile X Online Registry with Accessible Research Database (FORWARD), including Clinician Report and Parent Report forms, was analyzed for frequency, severity, relationship with behavioral problems, and impact of sleep difficulties in a mainly pediatric cohort.

Findings showed that sleep difficulties are prevalent in children with FXS and, although they tend to be mild, they are associated with behavioral problems and negative impact to families.


Budimirovic DB, Protic DD, Delahunty CM, et al. Sleep problems in fragile X syndrome: Cross-sectional analysis of a large clinic-based cohort. Am J Med Genet A. 2022;188(4):1029-1039. doi:10.1002/ajmg.a.62601

Woman in protective glasses looking forward and upAbout the FORWARD-MARCH Registry & Database

Since 2012, the CDC has funded four FORWARD Fragile X studies to expand understanding of Fragile X syndrome. The NFXF has been coordinating study efforts since the beginning and has been vital in ensuring its success.

FORWARD-MARCH is the next step and will collect more detailed information from participants to better understand FXS and improve the lives of children and adolescents with FXS and the lives of their families.

Below are more journal publications resulting from FORWARD data. 

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