Congratulations to Damien Wright on becoming a FRAXA postdoctoral fellow studying somatosensory processing in people with fragile X syndrome.
Sensory sensitivities are increasingly recognised as important causes of anxiety and distress in people with fragile X syndrome, with recent studies highlighting the potential importance of touch sensitivity in particular. In order to develop interventions for these issues, we first need a valid and reliable way to measure sensitivity to touch in people with fragile X.
Damien, supported by Patrick Wild Centre / SIDB members Dr Andy Stanfield and Dr Leena Williams, will examine whether electroencephalography (EEG), combined with a commercially available touch stimulating device (Cortical Metrics Brain Gauge), is a suitable tool for measuring touch sensitivity in fragile X.
This is a clinical study and recruitment will begin in the next few months in the UK. More details will be posted once the study is about to start.