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 »
We are recruiting research participants to contribute to research on aging in mothers who have children with autism spectrum disorder. No travel needed! This study can be completed remotely! The project, which is led by our postdoctoral fellow Dr. Laura Friedman, examines cognitive aging in mothers who have a child with autism, compared to mothers… Read more »
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 »
We are thrilled to welcome our summer intern, Oluwatoni “Toni” Ariyo to our research team! Toni is currently a high school junior and was awarded a NIH Research Diversity Supplement award to engage in research training with our team. Research Diversity Supplement awards aim to increase the participation of promising scholars from underrepresented groups in… Read more »
Congratulations to Carly Moser who successfully defended her dissertation titled, “Biobehavioral Synchrony in Autism Spectrum Disorder.” She will be starting a postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in August. Carly will be missed, but we are excited to see her embark on this next stage of her career!
Join our research team on July 21st to celebrate South Carolina Fragile X Awareness Day. This event, in celebration in Fragile X Awareness Day, helps raise awareness of fragile X and the need for increased research funding and support for individuals and families living with fragile X. Event Details: Friday, July 21, 2023 10:30 –… Read more »
Our students presented at the Discover USC 2023 Showcase. This event brings the university’s research community together to showcase their growth and accomplishments. We are so proud of them for doing such a wonderful job at this conference!
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!
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
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 »