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Irish Research Study for Carriers of FMR1 Premutation

Clodagh O’Keeffe, a researcher from Trinity College Dublin, is looking for both females and males between the ages of 25 and 65 who carry the genetic premutation for Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), as well as those who do not carry the premutation, to take part in new research. The study aims to look at how the premutation can affect the brain, specifically looking at things like memory, attention and motor abilities.

Why Participate? There is very little research in this area in Ireland and the aim is to change that, by shedding light on the Fragile X premutation. Learning more about the effects of the premutation will help understand related disorders such as Fragile X Associated Tremor/Ataxia (FXTAS), which can affect up to 50% of. premutation carriers.

What is Involved?  A single 2.5 hour visit to the Neural Lab in Trinity College will be scheduled at a time convenient for you. This visit includes cognitive and postural assessment. The study will also measure participants’ brain activity using electroencephalography (EEG). EEG is a safe, non-invasive way to measure brain activity in response to different tasks.

If you would like to take part or are interested in learning more about this research: Do not hesitate to contact Clodagh O’Keeffe. Phone: 086 0539050, Email:

Wexford farming couple on how Fragile X has affected their lives

Margaret and Paul Nolan had never heard of Fragile X when their two young sons were diagnosed with it in 2004. They spoke recently to the Irish Farmers Journal about their lives since then and about some of the benefits of life on the farm for Liam (10) and Sean (8). Read the full article here.