Fragile X Syndrome Research and Treatment Center

Craig Erickson, MD, is a leading expert in Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) and the director of the Fragile X Syndrome Research and Treatment Center. His primary research focus is investigating novel approaches to the treatment of FXS. He consistently receives funding support from various sources, including FRAXA Research Foundation, The John Merck Foundation, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and Seaside Therapeutics. Dr. Erickson is particularly interested in knowing if the medication acamprosate, an mGluR5 antagonist, can improve social interaction and communication in individuals with FXS.

Use of Acamprosate in Individuals with Fragile X

Dr. Erickson began this research several years ago at Indiana University School of Medicine and has been continuing his efforts at Cincinnati Children's. Acamprosate is a FDA approved medication to treat alcoholism in adults. Animal research has shown that this medication acts as an antagonist at the mGlur5 receptor, which possibly plays a role in the FXS mutation. At Indiana University, Dr. Erickson completed and published several studies investigating this medication.

Currently Enrolling Clinical Trials

Related Publications

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Davenport MH, Schaefer TL, Friedmann KJ, Fitzpatrick SE, Erickson CA. Pharmacotherapy for Fragile X Syndrome: Progress to Date. Drugs. 2016 Mar;76(4):431-45.
Schaefer TL, Davenport MH, Erickson CA. Emerging pharmacologic treatment options for fragile X syndrome. Appl Clin Genet. 2015 Apr 7;8:75-93.

Additional Publications

For a complete and updated list of publications from the Erickson-Wink Lab please view this PubMed listing.

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To receive more information about research studies or to refer a patient, please call 513-803-1150 or email


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