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We Are Hiring!

We are currently searching for a full-time Research Laboratory Manager/Project Coordinator to join our collaborative research team. If you have questions or interest, please contact Dr. Jessica Klusek, PhD., CCC-SLP at KLUSEK@sc.edu. To apply, click here.

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New Paper Finds Vocal Quality Difference in Women With FMR1 Premutation

Dr. Laura Friedman and Dr. Jessica Klusek published a study on vocal quality within women with the FMR1 premutation. Vocal quality is an indicator of motor function, as voice is controlled by the coordination of many muscles in the face, neck, and abdomen. Findings indicated that women with the FMR1 premutation had lower voices (lower pitch) and their voices were less… Read more »

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Wishing the Best of Luck to Our Intern, India!

Summer intern, India Rhaney, wrapped up her internship with a research presentation at the USC Summer Research Symposium this week. India is an undergraduate at Morris College who spent 10 weeks with our team this summer through the Morris College – USC Research Mentoring Program which is funded by the Department of Education. Her research… Read more »

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Lab members present research at the Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

SC Family Experiences Study lab members, Jessica Klusek, Laura Friedman, and Carly Moser, recently attended the Gatlinburg Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, and presented research on fragile X syndrome and the FMR1 premutation. Our team was grateful to attend a fantastic series of presentations on the current state of the research on intellectual and developmental disabilities!

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Dr. Jessica Klusek is awarded USC’s Breakthrough Star Award

Dr. Klusek was recently selected as one of 12 recipients of USC’s Breakthrough Star. This award recognizes early career faculty who demonstrate considerable contributions to their fields in terms of research and scholarly activity while at USC. Congratulations Dr. Klusek! Link to BreakThrough Star Awardees:  https://www.sc.edu/uofsc/posts/2023/03/breakthrough-stars.php Link to Dr. Klusek’s own Breakthrough Article:  https://www.sc.edu/uofsc/posts/2023/03/breakthrough_star_jessica_klusek.php

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Attending the FMR1 Premutation Conference!

Dr. Jessica Klusek, along with post-doctoral fellow Dr. Laura Friedman and USC@COMD faculty members, Dr. Abigail Hogan attended the International FMR1 Premutation Conference in Bay of Islands, New Zealand last week. The FMR1 premutation is a genetic variant on the FMR1 gene that is sometimes associated with cognitive, language, and social-emotional differences. Women who carry the FMR1 premutation may have children with fragile X… Read more »

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We’re Recruiting Fragile X Carriers!

We are currently recruiting women who are carriers of the FMR1 premutation for several ongoing studies. The overarching goal of this research is to better understand the symptoms experience by premutation carriers as they age, and to inform the development of clinical management strategies. A flyer is included below for further reference. Click here for… Read more »