Welcome to the web site for the Fragile X Newborn Screening Study!
In this study, researchers will offer voluntary fragile X screening at UNC Hospitals to 15,000 mothers and their newborns. Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the leading inherited cause of intellectual disability and the most common known cause of autism. The project also identifies babies who carry the fragile X gene change but do not have fragile X syndrome. The research project will, evaluate the consent process for screening, study the early development of children with fragile X syndrome and children who are fragile X carriers, and learn more about how families adapt to fragile X.
The purpose of this site is to provide more information about fragile X, newborn screening, and the study itself. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the project.