Fiona’s Bat Mitzvah Project

October 1, 2022 is my Bat Mitzvah. For my mitzvah project I chose to fundraise for FRAXA. FRAXA is an organization that researches for effective treatments and ultimately a cure for Fragile X syndrome. The reason it is so close to my heart is because my oldest brother Colby has Fragile X. Although he is 20 years old, some of the struggles he experiences with Fragile X include sharing his thoughts and communicating his feelings.

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Reactivating the FMR1 Gene to Reverse Fragile X Syndrome

Reactivating the FMR1 Gene to Reverse Fragile X Syndrome

FRAXA has awarded $140,000 to Dr. Jeannie Lee and Dr. Hungoo Lee at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. This team is targeting the root cause of Fragile X syndrome: a silenced single gene, called FMR1.

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Targeting Serotonin 1A Receptors in Fmr1 Knockout Mice

Targeting Serotonin 1A Receptors in Fmr1 Knockout Mice

Dr. Canal has discovered a promising treatment approach for Fragile X syndrome: new compounds which specifically and potently boost serotonin in the brain. The target is the brain’s serotonin 1A receptor.

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Tetra Therapeutics Initiates Phase 2B/3 Clinical Studies in Fragile X Syndrome

Tetra Therapeutics Initiates Phase 2B/3 Clinical Studies in Fragile X Syndrome

Tetra Therapeutics is launching large scale clinical trials of their phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitor for males ages 12-45 with Fragile X syndrome. FRAXA Research Foundation’s basic and translational research pointed the way to phosphodiesterase inhibitors to treat Fragile X many years ago.

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Healx Is Recruiting Study Participants for Its IMPACT-FXS Study

Healx Is Recruiting Study Participants for Its IMPACT-FXS Study

Healx is recruiting adolescent and adult (13-40 years old) males with Fragile X syndrome (FXS) for its IMPACT-FXS study in the US. This Phase 2, placebo controlled study will evaluate the safety, tolerability and efficacy of two potential medications, HLX-0201 (sulindac, at 2 different doses) and HLX-0206 (gaboxadol). The aim is to confirm whether these drug candidates are safe and work as intended to reduce symptoms of FXS.

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Transcriptional Signatures Sensitive to Cognition-Improving Pharmacological Treatments in Fragile X Syndrome

Transcriptional Signatures Sensitive to Cognition-Improving Pharmacological Treatments in Fragile X Syndrome

The Fragile X field needs biomarkers to accurately measure the effects of potential treatments in both Fragile X mice and in humans. Dr. Ozaita and his team have found molecular features in the brain that can serve as an objective signature for the syndrome. They will use this tool to test cannabidiol and two other drugs in mice.

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Characterization and Modulation of microRNAs in Fragile X Syndrome

Characterization and Modulation of microRNAs in Fragile X Syndrome

Could microRNAs be a new path to treatment of Fragile X syndrome? MicroRNAs are disrupted in Fragile X, and so this team will work to understand what is going wrong and explore ways to correct it with drugs which directly target microRNAs.

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Built Jobsite BBQ Raising Funds for Fragile X Research

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

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

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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mRNA Therapy for Fragile X Syndrome

mRNA Therapy for Fragile X Syndrome

Dr. Kathryn Whitehead, Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, helped develop the revolutionary science behind the COVID-19 vaccines. With a $103,000 grant from FRAXA, her team will now adapt this technology to deliver the missing Fragile X protein, to treat people who have Fragile X syndrome.

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How FRAXA Prioritizes Research, Explained

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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Cape Coral Touch-A-Truck, Free, Family-Friendly Event

Cape Coral Touch-A-Truck, Free, Family-Friendly Event

The EHL Fragile X Foundation hosts an annual Touch-A-Truck in Cape Coral, Florida. This free hands-on family event provides a unique opportunity for children and adults alike to ask questions and explore vehicles of all types including Cape Coral Rescue Fire Truck, Lee County Emergency Medical Ambulance, Cape Coral Police BMW Motorcycles, and the Florida Forestry Swamp Buggy, and more awesome vehicles – all in one place. 

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What FRAXA Is Excited about in the Upcoming Fragile X Research Grants, Explained

What FRAXA Is Excited about in the Upcoming Fragile X Research Grants, Explained

Dr. Mike Tranfaglia shares what FRAXA is excited about as we work through reviewing all of the submitted Fragile X research grant applications. We find it especially exciting that so many new clinical trials are starting right now, as our major emphasis is getting the drugs and other treatment strategies that we have tested in the Fragile X mouse model to patients in clinical trials.

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Gordon Research Conference for Fragile X and Autism-Related Disorders, Explained

Gordon Research Conference for Fragile X and Autism-Related Disorders, Explained

The Fragile X and Autism-Related Disorders Gordon Research Conference is a biannual event that provides an international forum for the presentation and discussion of frontier research in these conditions. Dr. Mike Tranfaglia explains why this is the premier conference for researchers and the scientific community.

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Recruiting: BRIDGE Study (BRain Indicators of Developmental Growth)

Recruiting: BRIDGE Study (BRain Indicators of Developmental Growth)

This study from the Wilkinson Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital is investigating how differences in brain activity affect learning, language and behavior in children with Fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. One of the goals is to find brain markers that predict cognitive, language, and behavioral difficulties in these groups. Another goal is to better understand the differences in brain activity between young children with and without Fragile X and Down Syndrome, and whether these differences are similar in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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