Two genetic counseling students gained a valuable education when they volunteered to help families with ectodermal dysplasias. Their work was a win-win for the NFED and for them.
Our volunteers mean so much to us! With the help of three graduate students, our latest endeavor, the Unknown Project, has reached so many NFED members. We’ll tell you a little bit about the Unknown Project, and how these amazing individuals are helping families get a diagnosis.
By J. Timothy Wright, DDS, MS How does one best diagnose and understand the clinical manifestations of an individual or family with an ectodermal dysplasia? Furthermore, what exactly is an ectodermal dysplasia? These questions have challenged affected individuals, clinicians and scientists for over 40 years. A decade ago, the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) embarked…
Alex’s story started out just like any other story. The perfect little baby who fed well, was always normal on the growth charts and in general was a happy baby! We were also happy that he had the perfect little shaped head to be bald. You see, we did not know at the time that his extended baldness had anything to do with a rare genetic disorder, so we always joked it was a good thing his little baby head was shaped so perfectly.
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.
The one thing all our families want is information about ectodermal dysplasia treatment. You want to know what to expect for you or your child. You are seeking treatment options. You are looking for answers. That’s where the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias comes in. We now have six free videos of educational workshops from our 2017 Family Conference available to watch. You can hear from our experts, see their presentations and learn.
Genetic carriers or people with ectodermal dysplasias will have to tell their partner at some point when things get serious. Here are some tips to help you.
The National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias, just 25 years ago, began supporting research. The research was to identify the genes which cause the 180+ ectodermal dysplasias. Those efforts have paid off. We know many of the causative genes for many of these conditions, but not all. We still have lots of work to do! One of…