June 15, 2014 (Vol. 34, No. 12)


Strong Points: Resources for general audience and researchers
Weak Points: None


There is still no cure for Fragile X Syndrome—the most common genetically inherited cause of intellectual disabilities—despite the fact that the underlying cause (a mutation in a single gene, FMR1) has been known for over two decades. Thus, development of treatments for Fragile X remains an active area of research. The FRAXA Research Foundation website provides valuable information for researchers in the Fragile X field, including information about relevant scientific meetings, funding opportunities through the foundation, and information about available resources such as mouse models and antibodies. Additionally, the site offers information for a more general audience (including family members of patients), such as background on the syndrome (including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment) and information about current clinical trials. The “ways to give” page is also useful for those looking to make a monetary contribution to support Fragile X research.

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