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Clinical trials (studies involving humans with the actual condition) of new medications for the treatment of Fragile X-associated Disorders (FXD) are currently underway at many sites throughout the U.S. and the world. These trials involve individuals with a FXD, including fragile X syndrome. Typically, these trials are sponsored by a pharmaceutical company seeking to determine the effectiveness of a new drug. Sometimes the studies involve older drugs previously used for treatment of conditions other than Fragile X. Studies typically go through three phases prior to being considered for approval by the government. Phase III studies begin only after effectiveness has been shown to occur in animals and after safety has been proven in individuals without a Fragile X disorder.
To ensure that the effects of the drugs are not influenced by the researchers hopes or expectations, most studies are “double-blind, placebo controlled.” That is, the researcher/clinician, prescribing the drug does not know who is receiving the actual drug and who is receiving a placebo (sugar pill). The parents or the actual participant also does not know. This process is considered the “gold-standard” of medical studies and helps make sure that only truly effective medicines end up as treatments.
Since these are studies only, following the conclusion of the study, in most cases the participants must stop taking the drug. However, in some placebo-controlled studies, all participants are allowed to go on the medication (not placebo) through a so-called “extension.” In this case usually the company is collecting data about long-term safety of the drug and the extension may go on for variable amounts of time, sometimes even until the drug is approved by the government. Should the studies prove that the drug is safe and effective, and once the drug is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the individual may be prescribed the medication by his or her physician.
Not all studies involve drugs. Studies can involve behavior, language development and other important areas of intervention and development. These studies are as important as drug studies and will help doctors, therapists, educators and counselors improve treatments as well as take better advantage of new opportunities that may result from new drugs.
The NFXF also periodically assists with research recruitment through a variety of means including mailings, email blasts and Facebook postings. This is a fee-based service designed to promote the advancement of Fragile X research including on behalf of university-based researchers, pharmaceutical companies, and others who meet our general guidelines, while compensating the NFXF for the associated staff time and materials expense. If you prefer to not receive these notifications please click here.
If you are a family member and have any questions about a specific study, please use the contact information listed on the clinic’s announcement. If you are a professional and have any questions about how the NFXF can assist you with recruitment, please call (925) 938-9300.
The Fragile X Clinical & Research Consortium (FXCRC) is a group of clinics and research facilities across the United States that are dedicated to assisting families and individuals who are affected by fragile X syndrome (FXS) or one of the other Fragile X-associated Disorders. Most clinics are part of university and/or hospital settings. There, experts in the field of FXS can offer medical, therapeutic, and educational evaluations, treatment recommendations, and referrals to other important resources. The information gathered from patients and families can help expand knowledge about FXS to guide future treatment.
One of the best ways for families to help their doctors gather this information is to become part of the FORWARD Registry and Database.
. . . Read More: Fragile X Clinical & Research Consortium
Genetic disorders in children: An assessment of parental coping strategies and positive growth Following on from our earlier study of how parents disclose a diagnosis of fragile X syndrome to their children, we would like to further understand your experiences surrounding your child, including your emotional reaction and psychological well-being. In particular, we are interested in the support that you as a caregiver have available,
. . . Read More: Assessment of Parental Coping Strategies and Positive Growth
We are searching for men who are carriers of the Fragile X premutation between the ages of 40 and 69 to participate in a longitudinal UC Davis research project, studying changes in brain and cognition associated with aging. For men who have not yet been tested, FMR1 DNA testing is completed to help determine eligibility for the study.
. . . Read More: MIND Institute Study on Men with FX Premutation
Do you have a daughter with fragile X syndrome? I am a graduate student in the Genetic Counseling Program at Brandeis University. I am seeking volunteers to participate in a qualitative research project. The goal of this study is to explore the experiences of parents of symptomatic girls with
. . . Read More: Brandeis University Looking for Girls with FXS Aged 13+
We are studying an experimental medication for fragile X syndrome in children and adolescents. We hope to learn if this experimental medication is safe, how well your body manages the medication (tolerability), how much medication is in your body (pharmacokinetics) and if it works on symptoms of Fragile X Syndrome. Children and adolescents with Fragile X Syndrome (between 5 and 17 years of age) may participate. Costs for travel,
The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) at Stanford University would like to inform you of an exciting new research project involving families who have a child diagnosed with fragile X
We invite your child with fragile X syndrome to join in the foXtail study This invitation tells you a more about the study We want to see if a new medication, RO4917523, helps people with fragile X syndrome Have a talk about the foXtail study with your family/child’s caregivers and child It is your and your child’s choice if you want your child to take part in
. . . Read More: Colorado Children's Hospital "Foxtail" study
We are actively recruiting children diagnosed with FXS between 24-60 months old to participate in a groundbreaking study! We have preliminary evidence that sertraline, a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) is beneficial for language development in young children with FXS. It is our hope that this study will lead to a better understanding of the benefits of early
. . . Read More: Sertraline Study – Clinical Trials at UC Davis MIND Institute
The Kosair Charities Pediatric Clinical Research Unit at the University of Louisville invites adolescents between the ages of 14 and 17 with fragile X syndrome to take part in a research study for a medication that is being developed to treat the symptoms of fragile X syndrome. We hope to learn more about its
The Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is recruiting boys with fragile X syndrome for a study on language development. Looking For Boys should be between 9 and 16 years of age, and speaking in at least 2-3 word phrases. Purpose The purpose of this research is to better understand how children with FXS use language. The Study Participants will complete standardized
. . . Read More: Research: Language Development in Boys with Fragile X Syndrome
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