With a $100,000 grant from FRAXA Research Foundation, Drs. Joshua Corbin and Molly Huntsman from the Children’s National Medical Center examined the role of a particular class of brain cells (inhibitory interneurons) that dampen excessive activity in the “emotional center of the brain” (the amydala). This inhibition is deficient in Fragile X, and so they are looking for ways to remedy this. This is particularly interesting to parents of children who are overly anxious and emotional. They worked with Dr. Walter Kaufmann, a clinician at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Maryland.Read more
Joshua Corbin, PhD, Interim Director of Neuroscience Research of the Children’s National Medical Center, focuses on studying the limbic system. With a grant from FRAXA, Dr. Corbin researched how to remedy the deficient amydala in fragile X syndrome.