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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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: Clinical Study of Non-Invasive EEG for Children Ages 2-7

Recruiting: Clinical Study of Non-Invasive EEG for Children Ages 2-7

Dr. Carol Wilkinson, MD PhD, and Dr. Charles Nelson, PhD, at Boston Children’s Hospital are recruiting children ages 2-7 years with Fragile X syndrome to participate in a study of brain differences using non-invasive EEG.

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Correcting Fragile X Syndrome Deficits by Targeting Neonatal PKCε Signaling in the Brain

Correcting Fragile X Syndrome Deficits by Targeting Neonatal PKCε Signaling in the Brain

With this $90,000 grant from 2017-2018, Dr. Banerjee’s team has shown that enhancing PKCε can correct brain development and abnormal behaviors in Fragile X knockout mice and had their findings published in PubMed.

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Potential Upcoming Advances in Fragile X Research

Potential Upcoming Advances in Fragile X Research

Dr. Peter Kind, Director of the Patrick Wild Centre and Professor of Developmental Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, and Dr. Nahum Sonenberg, James McGill professor of biochemistry at McGill University, share their optimism about the next 10 years of Fragile X research. They discuss where they think the next big discoveries will emerge.

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Reactivating the Fragile X Gene in Young Mice Reverses Symptoms

Reactivating the Fragile X Gene in Young Mice Reverses Symptoms

A new FRAXA-funded research project offers hope that Fragile X syndrome could be treated by reactivating the gene which is shut down in people with the syndrome. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside report that they were able to reduce FXS symptoms by inserting the FMR1 gene into the brains of very young mice.

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10 Year Vision for Collaborations That Transform Fragile X and Autism Research

10 Year Vision for Collaborations That Transform Fragile X and Autism Research

The future offers hope for people living with Fragile X syndrome. Collaborations between the Fragile X community and other disability organizations help to provide understanding and advancement of research to bring effective treatments to families. FRAXA’s Dr. Mike Tranfaglia talks with Autism Science Foundation’s Allison Singer about the importance of their collaboration as we look forward to the next 10 years.

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New Fragile X Clinical Trial Announced by Healx

New Fragile X Clinical Trial Announced by Healx

Healx’s AI-driven approach makes finding the right combination therapies more efficient, cost-effective, and rapidly ready for testing at FRAXA-DVI. It was this successful process that has brought Healx to its recent announcement sharing that it has received Investigational New Drug (IND) approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Phase 2a clinical study of HLX-0201.

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Correcting the Brain’s Emotional Memory Center

Correcting the Brain’s Emotional Memory Center

ell Reports has published the results of the study “Correction of Amygdalar Dysfunction in Rat Model of Fragile X Syndrome” by FRAXA Investigator Dr. Sumatra Chattarji and his team at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India. The researchers investigated the synaptic basis of deficient conditioned fear and its reversal in Fragile X syndrome rats.

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Making Drug Development Efficient Through Community-Based Collaboration

Making Drug Development Efficient Through Community-Based Collaboration

FRAXA co-founders Katie Clapp and Mike Tranfaglia, spoke virtually at the 5th Pharma Pricing Reimbursement and Market Access 2021 conference.

In this session, facilitated by Nadia Bodkin, PharmD, MS, from the Rare Advocacy Movement, Katie and Mike were joined by Christopher U. Missling, PhD, President and CEO of Anavex Life Sciences Corp. to discuss the collaboration between FRAXA and Anavex as a case study example to help raise awareness amongst others in the rare disease industry of these types of collaborations between advocacy and industry.

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2021 Fragile X Research Grants Funded by FRAXA Research Foundation

2021 Fragile X Research Grants Funded by FRAXA Research Foundation

Each year, FRAXA funds a diverse portfolio of research. Our FRAXA Fellowships are seed funding for the future, the feedstock for the Fragile X treatment development pathway. While we are looking to promote as many promising new approaches as possible, prominent themes emerge each year, as scientists around the world tackle previously neglected areas.

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Zynerba Is Now Recruiting for Phase 3 Clinical Trial (RECONNECT) Of Zygel

Zynerba Is Now Recruiting for Phase 3 Clinical Trial (RECONNECT) Of Zygel

Zynerba has announced it is now recruiting subjects for a large-scale Phase 3 clinical trial (RECONNECT) of Zygel. Twenty-five sites across the United States, Australia, the UK and Ireland are recruiting children and adolescents with Fragile X syndrome for this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multinational study, details below. 

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20 Years of Advancing Fragile X Research: Progress Toward a Cure

20 Years of Advancing Fragile X Research: Progress Toward a Cure

Dr. Mark Bear joined the Fragile X field in 1999 when he received a research grant from FRAXA Research Foundation. At the time, we recognized the symptoms of Fragile X, and we knew its cause: a single missing protein. But we knew very little else. Dr. Bear traces the discoveries that now give us great optimism of finding effective treatments and ultimately a cure for Fragile X.

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Brain Organoids, Moving Fragile X Research Forward

Brain Organoids, Moving Fragile X Research Forward

There are many ways research produces discoveries, and all of them include a process of steps that build on each other. When an exciting new avenue appeared with potential for Fragile X syndrome, FRAXA stepped up to fund it. We now see the results of this grant and are excited to share them with you. The importance of different types of models have been shared and discussed over many years. We are now adding a “brain organoid” model to this group, and the potential behind it is really exciting.

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Tetra’s Fragile X Clinical Trial – The Most Successful So Far

Tetra’s Fragile X Clinical Trial – The Most Successful So Far

Dr. Mark Gurney, CEO of Tetra Therapeutics, discusses how one of the earliest clues to the biology of Fragile X led to the most successful Fragile X clinical trial to date. FRAXA and Tetra began working together after a key FRAXA-funded study caught the attention of Dr. Gurney. Through the FRAXA Drug Validation Initiative, Dr. Patricia Cogram was able to conduct preclinical validation experiments with Tetra’s lead compound in record time, paving the way for clinical trials.

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Synaptogenix Announced Intention to Launch a Fragile X Clinical Trial with Bryostatin

Synaptogenix Announced Intention to Launch a Fragile X Clinical Trial with Bryostatin

One of the most exciting kinds of work that FRAXA does is following the journey of an experimental new treatment until it is ready for trials in people with Fragile X. From an initial idea, through the development process, to clinical trials, FRAXA helps out all along the way. From an initial idea, through the development process, to clinical trials, FRAXA helps out all along the way. The recent announcement by Synaptogenix is a great example of how FRAXA funding and use of FRAXA-DVI can accelerate research on Fragile X.

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Fragile X Syndrome: In Pursuit of a Cure Webinar

Fragile X Syndrome: In Pursuit of a Cure Webinar

A global webinar titled “Fragile X Syndrome: In Pursuit of a Cure,” took place on July 22, 2021 to commemorate World Fragile X Day. This complimentary event is co-organized with WuXi AppTec. We are delighted that more than 5,000 registered from more than 50 countries worldwide, coming together to raise awareness of Fragile X, and to foster collaborations towards effective treatments and ultimately a cure.

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Drug Tolerance in MGluR5 Clinical Trials – Dr Patrick McCamphill 1:1 with FRAXA

Drug Tolerance in MGluR5 Clinical Trials – Dr Patrick McCamphill 1:1 with FRAXA

We have long suspected that the clinical trials of mGluR5 blockers from Novartis and Roche failed because the drug triggered tolerance, losing effect over time. With a $90,000 grant from FRAXA, Dr. Patrick McCamphill, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the MIT lab of Dr. Mark Bear, is investigating. He does indeed find tolerance, and now he is looking for ways to overcome it.

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Pivotal Phase 3 Trial of Zygel in Severe Fragile X Possible This Year

Pivotal Phase 3 Trial of Zygel in Severe Fragile X Possible This Year

Zynerba Pharmaceuticals reported receiving advice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the design of an upcoming Phase 3 clinical trial meant to confirm previous trial findings supporting  Zygel as a cannabidiol treatment in a specific subset of Fragile X syndrome patients. The new trial, called RECONNECT, is expected to launch before October, and will mainly enroll children and adolescents with a complete (100%) methylation of FMR1, the gene mutated in Fragile X.

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Tetra Releases Full Results of FRAXA-Funded Clinical Trial of PDE4D Inhibitor

Tetra Releases Full Results of FRAXA-Funded Clinical Trial of PDE4D Inhibitor

Today, Tetra Therapeutics published the full results of its PDE4D trial published the full results to their announcement. Now having reviewed the full results, FRAXA can confidently say that the PDE4D drug trial gives hope to patients and families that Fragile X Syndrome is a treatable disorder, and this particular drug can improve intellectual disability.

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Parkinson’s Therapy May Hold Promise for Fragile X

Parkinson’s Therapy May Hold Promise for Fragile X

A study funded by FRAXA in Italy has encouraging results for people with Fragile X: drugs that block adenosine receptors (A2A) reversed signs of Fragile X in a mouse model. 

“One of the most intriguing things about this study is that it points to an entire drug class (not just the one drug used) as potentially therapeutic for Fragile X. Many available compounds block A2A receptors, and we know they are safe and effective.

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