Projects Archive - Foundation for Prader-Willi Research | Clinical Trials Opportunities

Under the guidance of our Scientific Advisory Board through a carefully managed grants process, FPWR selects research projects based on the collaborative input of researchers and parents, choosing projects that are both scientifically meritorious and highly relevant for individuals with PWS and their families.

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Using Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy to Identify Biomarkers of Skin Picking Behavior in PWS

Funded Year: 2023

In previous research, Dr. Hall has found that altered internal bodily cues (interoceptive processes), such as pain, itch, and sensual touch, may be involved in skin picking behavior in PWS. Here, he will employ a sophisticated brain imaging method called functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), which allows brain activity to be measured...

PWS Smart-Start – A Randomized Clinical Trial

Funded Year: 2022

This project aims to evaluate a parent training program (PWS Smart Start) for helping caregivers develop the skills they need to address challenging behavior and skill deficits common among children with Prader-Willi Syndrome. This project begins to lay the foundation for behavior analytic services for children with PWS, with the end goal of...

Impact of Bright Light Therapy on All-Cause Excessive Daytime Sleepiness in Prader-Willi Syndrome

Funded Year: 2022

Dr. Singh and his team will be performing a clinical trial of bright light therapy in children (6-18 years old) with daytime sleepiness, and evaluating the effects on sleepiness, behavior and activity.

Guanfacine XR for Aggression and Self Injury in PWS A Double Blind Placebo Controlled Trial

Funded Year: 2020

Guanfacine XR (brand name Intuniv) is a medication for ADHD that improves impulse control. Dr. Singh has noted improvements in aggression and self-injury in PWS patients in his practice when using this medication. Here, he will perform a controlled clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of guanfacine for treating these aspects of PWS, and also...

Behavioral treatment of obsessive-compulsive symptoms

Funded Year: 2009

Obsessive-compulsive (OC) symptoms are often present among youth with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). They are also associated with considerable problems in the daily functioning of the child and his/her family. Although medication and behavioral treatments exist that target OC symptoms among youth without PWS, these treatments have not been...

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