XLHED Clinical Trial Opens in the U.S.

We have great news for XLHED families in the United States. The first site in the U.S. has opened at Washington University in St. Louis for
EDELIFE, the prenatal study for XLHED-affected boys. Learn about the treatment they are studying and how it can potentially impact XLHED symptoms, including the ability to sweat.

40 Years of Support

Andrew James’ first year of life was traumatic, requiring many ER visits for unknown reasons.

When his parents finally had a reason for their baby boy’s health challenges, ectodermal dysplasia, they turned to the NFED for support.

The NFED is proud to have supported the James family and other families like them for 40 years!

Forty Years of Driving Ectodermal Dysplasias Research

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!

Why Women Need to Know if They Carry the Gene Variant for XLHED

For the first time, women who have the gene variant for x-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasias (XLHED) have another option to consider when they are family planning. They can choose to participate in a clinical trial called EDELIFE where researchers are testing a potential therapy in-utero on male fetuses with the condition! Find out how the condition can be inherited and how you can learn if you are a carrier.

The Baby With XLHED Who Now Sweats

Laura Reiser grew up watching her dad struggle with the heat since he couldn’t sweat due to x-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (XLHED). When she became pregnant with a boy who also had XLHED, she and her husband, Milo, decided to participate in research that would potentially restore their unborn son’s sweat glands. Learn how another NFED mom helped them decide to do it, how baby Bennett is doing and how it’s impacted his “Papa.”

How Our NFED Family Came To Be

What was it like to be diagnosed with ectodermal dysplasia in the early 1980s? NFED founder, Mary Kaye Richter, looks back at the Foundation’s humble beginnings, its first decade of accomplishments and the extraordinary people and circumstances that fueled its success.

Awareness. Advocacy. Action.

February is upon us, and the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) has a lot going on! In honor of Ectodermal Dysplasias Awareness Month (EDAM), please help us spread the word about these rare conditions and join us in raising up this incredible community through research, advocacy and more.