Built Jobsite BBQ Raising Funds for Fragile X Research

Built Jobsite BBQ Raising Funds for Fragile X Research

Jason, a Built employee, worked with his team to host a BBQ at one of their construction sites to benefit FRAXA Research Foundation. Built, one of Australia’s largest private construction groups, has a reputation for being client focused. Their personal touch extends not only to their clients but to their employees, too, as Jason and Belinda D’Amico experienced personally after their boys, Jaxson and Alex, were diagnosed with Fragile X syndrome.

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Repurposing FDA-Approved Drugs to Treat Major Depressive Disorder in Fragile X Syndrome

Repurposing FDA-Approved Drugs to Treat Major Depressive Disorder in Fragile X Syndrome

Did you know that depression is more common in those with autism and/or Fragile X? Even more disturbing is the discovery that current treatments for depression do not work in Fragile X mice. With this grant, the team will work to develop a rapid screening tool to identify FDA-approved drugs which can treat depression in people with Fragile X syndrome.

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FMR1 Renamed to Fragile X Messenger Ribonucleoprotein 1

FMR1 Renamed to Fragile X Messenger Ribonucleoprotein 1

The efforts of the European Fragile X Network (EFXN) have led to the renaming of the FMR1 gene to “Fragile X Messenger Ribonucleoprotein 1” gene and the Fragile X protein, FMRP, to “Fragile X Messenger Ribonucleoprotein.” Families around the globe are celebrating the news as a significant step forward for acceptance and the removal of a term that evokes many negative feelings.

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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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Cape Coral Touch-A-Truck, Free, Family-Friendly Event

Cape Coral Touch-A-Truck, Free, Family-Friendly Event

The EHL Fragile X Foundation hosts an annual Touch-A-Truck in Cape Coral, Florida. This free hands-on family event provides a unique opportunity for children and adults alike to ask questions and explore vehicles of all types including Cape Coral Rescue Fire Truck, Lee County Emergency Medical Ambulance, Cape Coral Police BMW Motorcycles, and the Florida Forestry Swamp Buggy, and more awesome vehicles – all in one place. 

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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: BRIDGE Study (BRain Indicators of Developmental Growth)

Recruiting: BRIDGE Study (BRain Indicators of Developmental Growth)

This study from the Wilkinson Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital is investigating how differences in brain activity affect learning, language and behavior in children with Fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. One of the goals is to find brain markers that predict cognitive, language, and behavioral difficulties in these groups. Another goal is to better understand the differences in brain activity between young children with and without Fragile X and Down Syndrome, and whether these differences are similar in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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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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Meet Archie!

Meet Archie!

Meet #FriendofFRAXA Archie! If you would like to nominate someone as a #FriendofFRAXA, we welcome all who have been touched by Fragile X, including friends, grandparents, siblings, professionals and companions alike to become a #FriendofFRAXA with the goal of putting a face to Fragile X for those who may not know someone directly.

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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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Lovamix: Clinical Trial of Combined Treatment of Minocycline and Lovastatin in Fragile X Syndrome

Lovamix: Clinical Trial of Combined Treatment of Minocycline and Lovastatin in Fragile X Syndrome

With a $66,714 grant from the FRAXA Research Foundation awarded over 2015-2017, Dr. Francois Corbin at the Universite of Sherbrooke will test the safety and synergistic effects of lovastatin and minocycline in patients with Fragile X syndrome.

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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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Patrick’s PALS Still Shined Strong Even in the Face of COVID

Patrick’s PALS Still Shined Strong Even in the Face of COVID

Patrick’s PALS 25th Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament & Fundraiser was once again relegated to “Fundraiser Only” status in 2021. BUT, and it’s a BIG but, the spirit, generosity and devotion of so many to this event still shined through. Over $140,000 was raised through a mail campaign, all of it of course going to FRAXA to continue to advance research that will someday lead to effective treatments and ultimately a cure.

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