As we celebrate our 40th anniversary and reflect on the journey to this point, we can say with certainty that no other entity in the world has driven ectodermal dysplasias research more than the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED). It’s been our honor to lead. Yet, the gratitude goes to the families who volunteered for studies, the curious researchers who strived to make a difference, and the donors who funded the vision. Let’s look at four decades of advancing research!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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….
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.