In this section you can read various research news articles that have important topics relating to rare genetic disorders.
This section is for any parents or professionals who wish to read up to date information about syndromes and to broaden their knowledge.
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Video Launch - Challenging Behaviour
We have launched a new video on the factors that lead to challenging behaviour. This video is available at the following link. You can give us feedback on the video by completing the survey that is available under the video. This video was made in partnership with the charity Cerebra.
Mental health difficulties in children with learning disabilities
Overview of the presentation This presentation was delivered by Chris Oliver and Jane Waite (pictured...
Challenging behaviour in fragile-X syndrome
Presenter: Dr Jane Waite Date of presentation: 24th September 2017 Conference or event: Fragile-X...
Exciting New Research in Autism Launched Today
A new research study investigating mental health in people with autism is being launched today, 25th October 2017. The study is a collaboration between leading investigators at the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Birmingham, Aston University, and leading UK autism research charity, Autistica. Mental health problems affect 79% of people with autism, and managing these difficulties is a top priority for people living with autism. However, these dififculties, particularly for those who also have an intellectual disability, have been largely overlooked due to lack of research and support. For more information about this major new UK study click here. Researchers aim to recruit 5,000 autistic people, their families and carers to the 'Discover' research network by the end of 2017. To find out more and get involved please visit: https://www.autistica.org.uk/get-involved/take-part-in-research
New videos posted by The Fragile X Society, UK
Fragile X Society, UK have posted a series of new educational videos about Fragile...
Sleep: A New Cerebra Guide for Parents
A new guide for parents has been developed by researchers at the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and the Cerebra sleep team. This guide has been developed to help parents and carers understand the nature of sleep problems in children with intellectual disability and what can be done to improve sleep. Part one describes common sleep problems in individuals with intellectual disability and how these sleep problems are assessed. Part two gives a brief overview of sleep problems in specific genetic syndromes. Part three outlines some strategies which may help to reduce or improve sleep problems. Read the full guide here or download this PDF version
Research into Behaviour, Emotion and Movement in Males with Fragile X Syndrome
Researchers at Coventry University and the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders are collaborating to conduct a new research project, in order to find out more about behaviour, emotion and movement in males with Fragile X syndrome. Watch the video below to hear from a person with Fragile X syndrome and his father, who describe their experiences of taking part in the project, and to find out some more information about the research. https://youtu.be/G8lxgT8Xhik Please contact Laura (LXG502@student.bham.ac.uk) or Hayley (email@example.com) if you're interested in taking part in this project.
Anxiety guide is 'Highly Commended' by BMA
Hayley Crawford, Rachel Royston and representatives from Cerebra attended the BMA Patient Information Awards 2016. The Cerebra parent guide on anxiety has been awarded Highly Commended! The guide is written for parents of children with developmental disabilities. Read the guide The guide was produced by Cerebra and was written by Dr Jane Waite and Rachel Royston from the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and Dr Hayley Crawford from Coventry University.
Research Study: Understanding anxiety and negative emotions in fragile X syndrome
Researchers at the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CCND), King’s College London and the University of Sydney have launched a new research project, headed by Professor Chris Oliver and Professor Patricia Howlin, to explore emotional difficulties and anxiety in males and females with fragile X syndrome. Why is this research important? Anxiety is a significant and persistent difficulty for many individuals with fragile X syndrome, with rates estimated to be as high as 80%. It is well known that there is individual variation in the presence and severity of anxiety in the typically-developing population. Therefore, it is likely that there are environmental or individual variables which act to influence anxiety development and maintenance in neurodevelopmental disorders. Examining a range of variables which may be associated with anxiety will provide a better understanding of the anxiety profile in fragile X syndrome, and may highlight potential risk/protective factors. The Study The aim of the study is to collect information about anxiety and individual/environmental variables which may act as risk factors...
The Benefits of Communication Passports
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsLJS8uGgpY Research has shown that many behaviours that challenge are associated with communication difficulties. ...
Fragile X syndrome and Autism Spectrum disorders
Fragile X syndrome is caused by genetic mutation which results in the absence or...
Attentional Control in fragile X syndrome
Attention problems in fragile X syndrome (FXS) are often stated as one of the...