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L'X fragile sera vaincu | Fragile X will be conquered

Parents pledge six-figure sum to autism research centre


A couple have pledged a six-figure sum to increase understanding of a little-known genetic condition that affects their son. Gus Alusi and Reem Waines, whose son Kenz has fragile X syndrome, the main cause of inherited autism, are backing a new Edinburgh-based initiative.

The centre is to be the first of its kind in the UK and will bring together scientists and specialist doctors. Between 12,000 and 15,000 people in the UK are affected by the syndrome. The condition is caused by a genetic mutation and can result in severe learning disabilities and language impairment, sensory hypersensitivity and anxiety and hyperactivity. The London-based family’s gift will help researchers focus on understanding the brain processes that underlie the conditions with the hope of developing more effective treatment for patients.


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