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Grant Will Help Researchers Study Fragile X, Down Syndrome

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SACRAMENTO—

A $3 million grant will be allowing researchers, led by a UC Davis MIND Institute member, to conduct a study on children affected by Fragile X and Down Syndrome.

The grant was given to researchers by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and the Human Development of the National Institutes of Health. Research will focus on the effectiveness of drugs given to patients dealing with intellectual disabilities.

As noted by UC Davis MIND Institute Director Leonard Abbeduto, who is leading the team, the drugs being tested look to improve patients’ language abilities.

300 participants, half with Fragile X and half with Down Syndrome, will be enrolled in the study. Researchers will be looking at people ranging in age from 6 to 23 years old.

The study will take place over the course of five years.

For more information, head over to the UC Davis MIND Institute’s website- http://mindinstitute.ucdavis.edu