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Going Virtual!

Going Virtual

In response to COVID-19, our team has been working hard to redesign the way we do studies to maximize safety. Assessments will now be conducted virtually across two short sessions. Participants can schedule the sessions at a time that is convenient for them, and participate in research from the comfort of their own homes! We… Read more »

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Dr. Jessica Klusek wins NIH award

Jessica Klusek wins NIH award

Dr. Jessica Klusek has been awarded $149,000 from the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She will use the two-year grant to examine aging language trajectories for women who are carriers of the FMR1 premutation.

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Alyssa Campanelli awarded

Alyssa Campanelli awarded

Alyssa Campanelli’s poster presentation, Social Interaction Style and Language Ability in Males with Autism and Fragile X Syndrome, was awarded Second Place in the Psychology and Neuroscience Category at Discovery USC 2019! Alyssa is a Science for Undergraduate Research Fellowship awardee and her project focused on the categorization of autism-related social phenotypes within males with fragile X syndrome.  Great… Read more »

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Following High School Seniors with Fragile X

Following High School Seniors with Fragile X

Dr. Jessica Klusek is following high school seniors with fragile X syndrome. This four-year study is featured on the University of South Carolina’s website. The study is hoping to uncover how well these students transition into adulthood.

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Fragile X Awareness Day

Fragile X Awareness Day

Dr. Klusek, along with Dr. Jane Roberts and other stakeholders and advocates, gathered in the South Carolina state capitol to share their individual experiences with fragile X syndrome in honor of July 22, 2018 being proclaimed Fragile X Awareness Day.  This governor’s proclamation of the inaugural South Carolina Fragile X Awareness Day was an important step in raising… Read more »

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New Fragile X Study

New Fragile X Study

A new fragile X study has been funded! Dr. Jessica Klusek’s lab at the University of South Carolina will take part in a multi-site study funded by the National Institutes of Health. A $3.1 million research grant has been awarded from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. The study is led by Dr. Len Abbeduto of… Read more »

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Sydney Burrell awarded Magellan Grant

Sydney Burrell awarded Magellan Grant

Sydney Burrell was awarded a Magellan Scholars Research Grant.  The title of her project is: “Mother-Child Synchrony as a Predictor of Problem Behavior and Autism-Related Deficits in Individuals with Fragile X Syndrome.”  In this project, she will investigate if mother-child interaction can predict social outcomes, problem behaviors, and autism symptoms at a one-year follow up…. Read more »

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Position

Postdoctoral Fellowship Position

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN AUTISM AND FRAGILE X ASSOCIATED CONDITIONS The lab of Dr. Jessica Klusek is pleased to announce the availability of one full-time NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship position. This is a two-year position, with the option to extend to three years. The focus of this position is on language, literacy, and adult outcomes in fragile X… Read more »

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Rainey Hughes’ Paper Accepted for Publication!

Rainey Hughes

Rainey Hughes, a former undergraduate research assistant with the lab, has had a paper accepted for publication in Caravel, USC’s journal for undergraduate research! Rainey’s paper, Communicative Gestures in Infants with Fragile X Syndrome, presents the results of her Magellan Scholars undergraduate research project focused on gesture skills in 12-month old infants with fragile X syndrome…. Read more »

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Azalfa Lateef Awarded Research Fellowship

Azalfa Lateef Awarded Research Fellowship

Azalea Lateef was awarded the South Carolina Honors College’s Science Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). Azalfa’s research project focuses on the relationship between physiological regulation and behavioral inhibition in women with the FMR1 premutation. Congratulations, Azalfa!