The NIH has just posted their draft Fragile X research strategic plan for public comment. The NIH also released bridge funding for Centers for Collaborative Research in Fragile X, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Emory University, and the University of Texas at Southwestern.Read more
We in the Fragile X community have our advocacy work cut out for us to restore levels of federal funding for Fragile X research! Both of the main federal funders – the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DOD) are letting Fragile X research lapse!Read more
FRAXA’s Katie Clapp learned that Fragile X, which has been an approved topic since 2010, is not on the list of approved topics for 2019 for DOD’s Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP). In order for Fragile X Research to be on the approved topics for the DOD’s PRMRP funding for next year we need your help.Read more
Important information about how best to contact your Member of Congress in support of Fragile X advocacy, including tips, recommendations, best practices and how to get contact info for your state senators and representatives.Read more
I was recently contacted by my U.S. Congressman, Seth Moulton (Massachusetts 6th District) with a request to support a new bill he’s introduced with Gregg Harper (Mississippi 3rd District).
The Healthcare Extension and Accessibility for Developmentally Disabled and Underserved Population Act, or the HEADs UP Act of 2018 was introduced on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the ADA. This legislation would designate people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) as a Medically Underserved Population (MUP).Read more
In the first week of March I attended my first Fragile X Advocacy Day to meet with many of the Massachusetts delegation to Congress. While this was my first time advocating for Fragile X research, I’ve been a longtime lung cancer research advocate and have met with many of the same representatives in the past. It was a pleasure to meet with many of the families as my participation in Advocacy Day was in the spirit of “we are all in this together”.Read more
On short notice, Katie Clapp and Mary Beth and David Busby hurried to attend the January 4 White House ceremony celebrating the bipartisan enactment of the Children’s Health Act of 2000, which boosts federal funding of research on children’s diseases, including Fragile X. This was a rare, unforgettable opportunity to meet both (now, former) President and Senator Clinton in “The Blue Room,” along with several members of CongressRead more