FMR1 Gene Disorders Research Program

Our Research


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Our team, which is based at the KU BRAIN Lab, is focused on understanding key brain mechanisms associated with FMR1 gene disorders, including Fragile X Syndrome and Fragile X Associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS). Through a series of studies, we have identified important brain processes related to different symptoms of FMR1 disorders. Our goal is to translate these findings into new methods for diagnosing, understanding, and intervening to support individuals with these conditions.

Our research has been supported through the following federal, private and non-profit resources:

  • KIDDRC: KIDDRC NIH U54 HD 090216 at the University of Kansas Medical Center
  • R01 MH112734
  • University of Kansas General Research Fund
  • KU Research GO Award
  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Clinical Translational Science Award TL1 TR002368 awarded through the Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Research Institute
  • The Carolyn and Stephen Schroeder Practice-Informed Research Award 
  • Autism Speaks, grant number 11799