2019 Annual Impact Report

Since 1981, our mission has focused on families affected by ectodermal dysplasias. We are proud of the extraordinary accomplishments we have achieved in our nearly four decades. 2019 was no exception. Read to see the impact we made for our NFED family.

A Grandma’s Greatest Passion

At the NFED, we hold a special place in our hearts for our volunteers. Donna Garrett-Miller is a proud volunteer who has left her mark on the ectodermal dysplasias community after just one year since her grandson was diagnosed with AEC syndrome.

Scientists Search for Skin Erosion Therapies

Skin erosion can be life-threatening for people affected by ankyloblepharon-ectodermal defects-cleft lip and/or palate (AEC) syndrome. Two research labs are studying to understand the molecular defects that lead to skin erosions so they can ultimately develop therapies.

Launching a Major Research Campaign

We stand at an unprecedented time in history. Preliminary findings from research show great promise for eradicating two symptoms of the most common k ind of ectodermal dysplasia. It’s extraordinary! But without funding, this research study and others will not continue. We are launching the “Impact Cures, Now” campaign to raise $300,000 in the next three years for ectodermal dysplasias research.

Families Educate Medical Professionals

Educating medical professionals about ectodermal dysplasia is an important part of our NFED mission. Families played a critical role by volunteering to share their stories and describe the how the rare condition affects them at a Grand Rounds in Fairfax, Va.

A Summer of Ectodermal Dysplasias Research

It’s definitely a busy summer for the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED)! If you follow our communications, you know we are going to be in Washington D.C. in July for the Family Conference and a historic first, Ectodermal Dysplasias Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Those are both incredibly important and major events for us….

No Longer Feel Isolated With AEC Syndrome

Learn about the Brown family’s journey when their daughter, Erin, was diagnosed with Ankyloblepharon-Ectodermal Defects-Clefting (AEC) syndrome. They also talk about how their NFED family has been a tremendous help over the last 5 years.

Important Discovery Made in AEC and EEC Research

By Maranke I. Koster, Ph.D. and Peter J. Koch, Ph.D., University of Colorado School of Medicine Since our last research update, we have been hard at work to understand the basis for skin and eye abnormalities that occur in patients affected by ankyloblepharon-ectodermal defects-clefting (AEC) syndrome and ectrodactyly-ectodermal dysplasia-clefting (EEC) syndrome. These two ectodermal dysplasias are caused…