We empower and connect those touched by ectodermal dysplasias through education, support and research.
Our library has all sorts of information on treating and living with ectodermal dysplasias, from cosmetics and keeping cool to the search for a cure.
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What are ectodermal dysplasias?
The ectodermal dysplasias are inherited disorders that involve defects in the hair, nails, sweat glands and teeth. When a person has at least two types of abnormal ectodermal features—for example, malformed teeth and extremely sparse hair—the individual is identified as being affected by ectodermal dysplasia.Learn More
We’re here to listen and provide support
Connecting with someone who knows exactly what you're going through can be a huge relief.
for you and your family through our Family Liaisons and private Facebook groups.
The Search for Greater Understanding
We connect our families with researchers to compile information and deepen understanding. Our research has given the ectodermal dysplasias community a better understanding of the conditions and how to treat them.
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Insurance Help for Ectodermal Dysplasias
Dealing with insurance companies that don’t understand ectodermal dysplasias can get frustrating and expensive, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t submit and appeal your claims. Our toolkit and advisors can help you through the process. We’ve seen plenty of families succeed!
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Stories of Hope
What’s going on with the research for x-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (XLHED) and EDI200? Last January, I announced that Edimer Pharmaceutical’s Newborn XLHED Clinical Trial did not achieve the outcomes which we had hoped for. In that trial, they dosed newborns who were affected by…Read the Full Story
By Meredith Grimes Our first National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) Family Conference was a life-changing week. We were new to the diagnosis and feeling completely overwhelmed. We had a list of questions a mile long. What is hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (HED), what does it…Read the Full Story
Background Born to a mother with ectodermal dysplasia, I grew up knowing how my condition affected my teeth, and that someday I might need dental implants. I had eight natural teeth, four incisors and four molars – two of each on top and bottom –…Read the Full Story
Register Now For Family Conference and Advocacy Day
Spring may be here but we are getting excited for summer! You will want to join in on the fun. Join your ectodermal dysplasias community in Falls Church, Virginia, July 19-22 for the 36th Annual Family Conference. This year, we are also going to Capitol Hill to tell legislators about our experiences with ectodermal dysplasias and advocate for change. We are expecting a big turnout. Don’t delay. Register today!Learn More and Register to Participate