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Adults: Fragile X Syndrome

Join a Research Study: Enrolling nationally from around the country

Brain Function Study

This research seeks to understand how protein formation in the brain is affected in fragile X syndrome (FXS).   Researchers will measure the rate at which the brain makes proteins (protein synthesis) and may identify specific parts of the brain affected in FXS. In the future, measurement of protein synthesis in FXS may help us to develop and test new therapies.

The study enrolls eligible young men with FXS, ages 18-24, from around the world, and includes one visit, lasting several days, to the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Study Includes: Assessment by physicians, blood draws, two brain scans (PET & MRI), and possible sedation. The cost of travel, food, and lodging, are covered and include the study participant and one or two accompanying family members. Compensation is paid for your time and assistance.

Please consider enrolling your child in our clinical study of FXS.

To find out if you qualify, email NIMH or call 1-301-496-4707 [TTY: 1-866-411-1010].

Study Identifiers

  • NIMH Protocol Number: 06-M-0214
  • Study Number: 00362843
  • Principal Investigator: Carolyn Beebe, Ph.D.