July 30, 2012

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to hold free symposium on fragile X

Kennedy Center exterior
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (Vanderbilt University)

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Fragile X Treatment Research Program will present information and current research on fragile X at a symposium titled “Transitions and Adulthood.”

The free event is Monday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt and is open to family members, friends, researchers, clinicians, students, community professionals and disability advocates. Registration is required by Aug. 17.

Panelists will discuss emerging treatments for adults and adolescents with fragile X syndrome, transitions into adulthood, access to services and managing legal issues.

To register for the Aug. 20 symposium, visit the Kennedy Center’s website or call (615) 322-8240.

Fragile X:

Fragile X syndrome is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability. Symptoms of fragile X include mental impairment ranging from learning disabilities to intellectual disability, attention deficit and hyperactivity, anxiety and unstable mood, autistic-like behaviors and specific physical characteristics. Seizures (epilepsy) affect about 25 percent of people with fragile X.