With an $80,000 grant from FRAXA Research Foundation over 2 years, Dr. Ravi Allada and his team studied at Northwestern University sleep behaviors in Fragile X fruit flies. These fruit flies are useful for several important reasons; not only do they have a good cognitive phenotype, they also have a clear disturbance of circadian rhythms. This is an important model for human hyperactivity and sleep disorders, and this group studied the underlying mechanisms in an effort to find treatments for the human conditions.Read more
Ravi Allada, MD, Distinguished Professor and Chair at Northwestern University, researches circadian rhythms and neuroscience. In 2007, Dr. Allada received a FRAXA Research Foundation grant to study sleep patterns in Fragile X fruit flies.