National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced funding for three Centers for Collaborative Research in Fragile X. The centers will receive $25 million over the next 5 years. Funding for the centers comes from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
The Centers and their Principal Investigators are:
- Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
PIs: David Nelson, PhD and Peter Todd, MD, PhD
- Fragile X Center at Emory University, Atlanta
PIs: Peng Jin, PhD and Stephen Warren, PhD
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
PI: Craig Erickson, MD, PhD
All five Principal Investigators leading these centers have received multiple years of funding from FRAXA Research Foundation.
Thank You to All Fragile X Advocates Who Made These Centers Possible!
Twenty years ago, Congress launched three Centers for Collaborative Research in Fragile X as part of The Children’s Health Act of 2000, signed into law after intense advocacy efforts by FRAXA Research Foundation and families around the US who live with Fragile X.
Every five years, the NIH holds a new competition to choose the winners of this major funding. Together they have made great progress in advancing Fragile X research and we have great hopes for their discoveries over the coming years!
After her son Andy was diagnosed with Fragile X, Katie, her husband Michael Tranfaglia, and a third parent founded FRAXA Research Foundation. She has served as FRAXA’s executive director since 1994. Katie has a BA in History from Harvard and an MA in Computer Science from UNC Chapel Hill. She worked as a software engineer and instructor in computer science before FRAXA. She spends lots of time with Andy on his favorite daily activities, recycling and visiting the local library.