The National Institutes of Health gave UC Davis nearly $22 million to study FXTAS. It’s a neuro-degenerative disorder that typically affects older men. Scott Lorigan is a FXTAS patient. The 60-year-old Elk Grove resident says his life has already been improved by the work of local researchers.
"Had I not been associated as a guinea pig, if you will, I would have undergone a lot of probably unnecessary diagnosis and treatment so I want to thank everybody on the staff that’s worked with our family for everything they’ve done."
FXTAS is similar to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Symptoms include balance problems, tremors and cognitive decline. The grant will be used to set up the Neuro-Therapeutics Research Institute at UC Davis.