News, Reports and Commentaries

Following are brief articles, reports, summaries, overviews and commentaries of research related to Fragile X-associated Disorders. The National Fragile X Foundation posts content only from reputable researchers or research institutions. In cases where summaries or overviews are provided, they are written for the NFXF by members of our Scientific & Clinical Advisory Committee or other members of the Fragile X research community. These are designed to acquaint the reader with the latest research information while providing a balanced assessment of its relevance to the treatment and eventual cure expected for Fragile X. Whenever possible, we will provide a link to a more detailed source of information for those who wish to understand the more technical aspects of the research findings. Commentary and opinion pieces are included whenever we feel they add to the thoughtful discussion and greater understanding of research.

Latest News

  • 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 | 0 Comment
  • Now Recruiting Research Participants: Combining Lovastatin and a Parent-Implemented Language Intervention in a Multimodal Treatment for fragile X syndrome We invite you to take part in a research study to test the efficacy of a multimodal treatment comprised of the medication Lovastatin or placebo, and a Parent-Implemented Language Intervention (PILI) in children and adolescents with FXS. Who Can Participate? Children and adolescents between the ages of 10-17 diagnosed with fragile X syndrome. Participants must be able to speak in at least two to three word phrases... » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on April 20, 2016 | Categories : Research | 2 Comments
  • In 2005, the UC Davis MIND Institute and the National Fragile X Foundation (NFXF) were contacted by Sergio Villada of the Special Kids Foundation in Florida. Sergio was in Colombia making a documentary about a relative with fragile X syndrome (FXS). While filming, he had heard of a small agricultural town called Ricaurte that had a high preponderance of people with intellectual disability. Sergio also knew researchers from the Universidad del Valle had done preliminary cytogenetic studies to document Fragile X in several families in Colombia. As a result of Sergio’s efforts, in the fall of 2013, Dr. Randi Hagerman » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on April 15, 2016 | Categories : Research | 11 Comments
  • 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
  • The last two years have been tough for Fragile X (FX) research. Many of us in the greater Fragile X community believed that drugs capable of reversing the core symptoms of FX were sitting on the shelf, waiting for consumers eager to improve the quality of their lives. It seemed that all we needed was to complete the drug trials and wait for our physicians to write the prescriptions. And why not? Virtually every mouse and fruit fly that took these drugs experienced... » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on December 10, 2015 | Categories : FXS,Keeping You Informed,News Reports and Commentaries | 7 Comments
  • I was honored to have been invited to represent the Fragile X community and the NFXF at the recent meeting sponsored by Neuren Pharmaceuticals, in which they shared some very encouraging news regarding their Phase 2 clinical trial. From my perspective, it’s encouraging to know that there’s a pharmaceutical company still working in FX, the drug is successfully progressing through the typical stages required for FDA approval and we are all hopeful that the news remains positive. For more details, please read the press release issued by Neuren. The announcement is lengthy... » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on December 7, 2015 | Categories : FXS,In the News,News Reports and Commentaries | 4 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 | 0 Comment
  • 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 | 0 Comment
  • This summer, the NFXF funded four summer student research fellowships at $2500 each through the Rosen/Weingarden Summer Fellowship Research Fund. Since its inception in 2000, the fund has awarded $225,000 to 90 students focused on advancing the knowledge and understanding of Fragile X. Today, we’re proud to present the four summaries of this year’s award recipients. Cellular and Biomolecular Characterization of Fragile X Patient Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Derived Neurons Kanisha Desai Emory University Mentor: Dr. Gary Bassell The loss of the fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP) in fragile X syndrome has been linked... » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on September 30, 2015 | Categories : News Reports and Commentaries,Summer Student Fellowship Reports | 1 Comment
  • This summer, the NFXF will fund four summer student research fellowships at $2,500 each through the Rosen/Weingarden 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... » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on June 10, 2015 | Categories : News Reports and Commentaries,Summer Student Fellowship | 0 Comment
  • 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 | 0 Comment
  • 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 | 0 Comment
  • The future of Fragile X research depends on inspiring and encouraging new generations of researchers to push Fragile X forward. That’s why we offer the annual William & Enid Rosen Summer Student Fellowship, which assists young researchers in their pursuit to study Fragile X. Today, we’re proud to announce the four summaries of this year’s award recipients. A Controlled Trial of Sertraline in Young Children with Fragile X Syndrome Salpi Siyahian University of California, Davis Mentor: Dr. Randi Hagerman I had the honor of working at the UC Davis MIND Institute as a... » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on November 26, 2014 | Categories : News Reports and Commentaries,Summer Student Fellowship | 0 Comment
  • Neuroimmunology is a relatively new field at the intersection of neuroscience and immunology. Its purpose is to describe how immune function affects brain development and function, and how signaling between cells in the brain affect levels of pro- or anti-inflammatory signaling molecules, such as cytokines, in the rest of the body. Recent studies in this field have noted associations between maternal infections before birth or during infancy with increased risk for diseases later in life. A recent study by Milo Careaga, PhD and colleagues at the... » FULL ARTICLE

    Posted on November 13, 2014 | Categories : News Reports and Commentaries | 0 Comment
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