Small Steps, Amazing Climbs

Even the tallest mountains can be scaled with enough small but purposeful steps Forever Forward. But not without decades of careful study, testing, steps forward, steps back, and the love and devotion of parents, families and you! Learn how you can help us with our campaign to advance research.

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.

Potential XLHED Treatment Receives FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation

We are excited to share with you a new development in bringing a therapy for x-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (XLHED) to clinical trial. EspeRare announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to the protein replacement therapy called ER-004.

XLHED Natural History Study Findings Published

The NFED is proud to have funded the first comprehensive investigation of the natural course of XLHED, the most common ectodermal dysplasia, from birth until the age of five years.
Findings from this Natural History Study were recently published in the Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases. Read more to learn what they found and how the data will be used for the upcoming clinical trial.

Collaborating With Leaders Around the World

In early October, NFED Executive Director Mary Fete met with leaders from eight other ectodermal dysplasia support groups/organizations in Germany. Find out what they talked about and what they have planned for 2-20-20!

Testing a Non-invasive Way to Diagnose XLHED In Utero

Dr. Angus Clark is investigating a new, noninvasive way to diagnose x-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia in utero. His findings could help facilitate the upcoming clinical trial for treatment. We are proud to fund this work.

Meet Your Legislators Close to Home

Beth Pond has been advocating for ectodermal dysplasias health benefits for 23 years. She shares what you can do in your home state to create change.