What is Fragile X?
Intellectual disability (ID) affects 3% of children. It results in delayed cognitive development and has significant effect on functioning in daily activities. An increasingly large proportion of children with ID are now found to have a genetic cause for their disability.
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common cause of ID in males and affects 1 in 4000 children. Novel therapeutic options are emerging with FXS.
FXS overlaps with other ID causes in term of molecular pathway and it is therefore believed that better understand FXS will also help understand the disease for other causes of ID. FXS is also the leading cause of autism and will also cause seizures in many patients.
Can I participate in research on Fragile X ?
We are participating in several clinical trials exploring novel potential treatments for Fragile X as well as assessment of the quality of life for Fragile X. Children and adults will be assessed and allowed to participate in clinical research project if they can benefit from the program.