Highlighting Northwestern University’s Research on Autism and Fragile X Syndrome

By Samantha Kolkey

Next week I will get the opportunity to visit the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Lab at Northwestern University. Dr. Molly Losh, principal investigator of the Family-Genetic Study of Language in Autism, and her team are exploring how genes involved in autism may play a role in language and other skills to better inform the causes of autism.  They continue to recruit participants for this study as their research continues.  Please click on the link if you would like to find out more information about this study: http://ndl.northwestern.edu/autism/

In addition to autism research, the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Lab is conducting research on Fragile X Symdrome. Fragile X  is caused by a gene mutation and this single mutation is the “most common inherited cause of intellectual disability.” The study focuses on families and exploring language, early development, and other skills regarding the gene mutation. Please click on this link for more information about this study and becoming a participant: http://ndl.northwestern.edu/fragile-x/


I am greatly looking forward to this opportunity and learning more.  If you have questions or comments you would like me to share with the researchers, please leave them in the comments section.

Have a great Thursday!


Author: optionsforcollegesuccess

Options for College Success is incorporated as a 501(c) 3 not for profit organization. The population we serve are young adults with learning challenges and disabilities. Our program focuses on six areas of a student's life. We take an individualized approach to ensure that each student is able to realize their full potential. No cutting corners, just the help they need when they need it. www.optionsforcollegesuccess.org 847.425.4797

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