Discovering Effective Treatments & A Cure for Fragile X Syndrome

Your support enables FRAXA Research Foundation to fund groundbreaking research and life-changing clinical trials.


How Does FRAXA Help?

FRAXA’s mission is to find effective treatments and ultimately a cure for Fragile X syndrome. We directly fund research grants and fellowships at top universities around the world. We partner with biomedical and pharmaceutical companies, large and small, to bridge the gap between research discoveries and actual treatments.

Treatments for Fragile X are likely to help people affected by autism, Alzheimer’s, and other brain disorders.

What is Fragile X Syndrome?

Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common inherited cause of autism and intellectual disabilities. It affects 1 in 4,000 boys and 1 in 8,000 girls worldwide.

Fragile X syndrome occurs when a single gene on the X chromosome shuts down. This gene makes a protein needed for normal brain development. In FXS it does not work properly, the protein is not made, and the brain does not develop as it should.

The Latest from FRAXA

Patrick’s PALS 28th Annual Basketball Tournament for FRAXA Breaks Record

July 3, 2024

Recap of Patrick’s PALS 28: a successful 3-on-3 basketball fundraiser in Boston, raising $170,000+ for FRAXA Research Foundation.

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QurAlis and UMass Chan Advance Fragile X Syndrome Treatment using ASOs (Antisense Oligonucleotides)

June 25, 2024

Explore how QurAlis and UMass Chan are revolutionizing Fragile X syndrome treatment using advanced ASO technology, setting new standards in therapeutic development.

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FRAXA Webinar – Fragile X Syndrome: The Anxious Brain

June 25, 2024

Please join Carrie Buchanan, MD, Fragile X Program Director at Greenwood Genetic Center, for a webinar on World Fragile X Day, July 22, 2024, at 11 AM ET. She will discuss how individuals with Fragile X experience high levels of anxiety, which can manifest in many different ways.

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FRAXA's Impact to Date

Explore 30 years of outstanding Fragile X research.


Direct Investment in Fragile X Research


Teams Actively Researching Fragile X Syndrome


Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Partners


Fragile X Research Grants Awarded