Connectivity as a Biomarker for Future Fragile X Clinical Trials

Connectivity as a Biomarker for Future Fragile X Clinical Trials

With a 2017 grant from FRAXA Research Foundation of $90,000, Dr. Andreas Frick’s team at Neurocentre Magendie, in France, will test non-invasive imaging using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a potential biomarker for future Fragile X syndrome clinical trials.

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Double Down: Fragile X Clinical Trial Combines Two Available Drugs

Double Down: Fragile X Clinical Trial Combines Two Available Drugs
Jean-Francois Lepage, PhD, and Francois Corbin, MD, PhD, with MRI machine If all the science world’s a stage, Fragile X researchers are more than merely players. They are center stage. So believes Francois Corbin, MD, PhD, professor, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada, who directs the university’s Fragile X Clinic. Corbin, who has received more than $100,000 in FRAXA support since 2012, is leading a pilot randomized Phase II trial, exploring the tolerability and the synergistic effect of a combined therapy. They will combine minocycline, which is often used to treat acne, and lovastatin, which is used to lower cholesterol. Both drugs target specific alterations in the brain of Fragile X patients that would potentially have a combined powerful effect on their behavior. “To my knowledge, this is the first time we have a clinical trial with two different drugs combined to act on two different targets,” Corbin said. “The combined actionRead more

Fragile X Programs at UMASS – University of MA, Worcester

Fragile X Programs at UMASS – University of MA, Worcester
CANDO Team, left to right: Mary Beth Kadlec, Program Director, Occupational Therapist; David Cochran, Assistant Medical Director,Child Psychiatrist; Jean Frazier, Medical Director, Child Psychiatrist; Susan Swanson, Speech and Language Pathologist. (Not pictured: Van Silka, Adult Psychiatrist; Mary Crane, Board Certified Behavior Analyst;and Kelly Hurley, Autism Resource Specialist). Fragile X Programs aimed at improving the lives of individuals with Fragile X Syndrome at UMASS Medical School (UMMS) and UMASS Memorial Health Care (UMMHC) 1. Fragile X Syndrome Behavioral Health Clinic The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO) is opening a specialty clinic for individuals with Fragile X Syndrome (under the direction of Dr. Jean Frazier) to evaluate and provide treatment for behavioral challenges. If you have questions about our program and/or have a need for our new clinical service, please call CANDO at 774-442-2263. 2. Expanded Fragile X Clinical Research The Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopment Initiative (CANDI, with Co-Directors Drs. Frazier and Kennedy) has two active studies aimed at expanding our knowledge about how toRead more