FRAXA's Impact to Date

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32,306,347

Direct Investment in Fragile X Research

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4

ONGOING FRAGILE X CLINICAL TRIALS AND STUDIES

Current Clinical Trials
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41

TEAMS ACTIVELY RESEARCHING FRAGILE X

Current Research Grants
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2

GENE THERAPY AND PROTEIN REPLACEMENT STUDIES

Current Studies
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31

PHARMACEUTICAL AND BIOMEDICAL PARTNERS

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618

RESEARCH GRANTS AWARDED

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19

COUNTRIES ARE HOME TO RESEARCH TEAMS

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.

Learn more about Fragile X syndrome

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.

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Latest Fragile X News & Updates

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Built Jobsite BBQ Raising Funds for Fragile X Research

Jason, a Built employee, worked with his team to host a BBQ at one of their construction sites to benefit FRAXA Research Foundation. Built, one of Australia’s largest private construction groups, has a reputation for being client focused. Their personal touch extends not only to their clients but to their employees, too, as Jason and Belinda D’Amico experienced personally after their boys, Jaxson and Alex, were diagnosed with Fragile X syndrome.
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Repurposing FDA-Approved Drugs to Treat Major Depressive Disorder in Fragile X Syndrome

Did you know that depression is more common in those with autism and/or Fragile X? Even more disturbing is the discovery that current treatments for depression do not work in Fragile X mice. With this grant, the team will work to develop a rapid screening tool to identify FDA-approved drugs which can treat depression in people with Fragile X syndrome.
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FMR1 Renamed to Fragile X Messenger Ribonucleoprotein 1

The efforts of the European Fragile X Network (EFXN) have led to the renaming of the FMR1 gene to “Fragile X Messenger Ribonucleoprotein 1” gene and the Fragile X protein, FMRP, to "Fragile X Messenger Ribonucleoprotein." Families around the globe are celebrating the news as a significant step forward for acceptance and the removal of a term that evokes many negative feelings.
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VLM Commodities Charity Week Raises $10,000 for Fragile X Research

“We are often asked how we can do this, live with the challenges of Fragile X, day in and day out” Lou shared, “It’s just what we do. We keep going forward. FRAXA gives life and purpose to our community. I look forward to Charity Week being an annual VLM event and supporting the work FRAXA does.”
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How FRAXA Prioritizes Research, Explained

Dr. Mike Tranfaglia explains how FRAXA prioritizes research and the importance of looking at research from multiple angles. "It's not either-or. It's not we have a definitive treatment or we have a new drug treatment or we have a repurposing treatment. We can have all of those things, mixed or matched, in a personalized medicine kind of way and I think that's what we're headed for."
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Aggression, Other Fragile X Behaviors Tend to Ease Over Teenage Years

Behavioral problems such as hyperactivity and aggression are generally more frequent in younger children with Fragile X syndrome, becoming less common as they grow through adolescence and journey toward adulthood, researchers report.
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