Ave Maria Lachiewicz, MD, associate professor of pediatrics in the Division of Neurology and assistant professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, recently received the National Fragile X Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication and continued outstanding service to the Fragile X community. The award was presented during the 15th annual International Fragile X Conference in San Antonio, July 20-24, 2016.
Fragile X syndrome is an inherited genetic condition that involves changes in the X chromosome and specifically the FMR1 gene. It is the leading cause of inherited intellectual disability. Fragile X can be passed on in a family by individuals who have no signs of this genetic condition.
Dr. Lachiewicz received her MD in 1980 from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis and completed her pediatrics residency training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine Affiliated Programs in New York in 1983. She completed her fellowship in Child Development and Clinical Genetics at the University of North Carolina prior to joining the faculty of Duke University Medical Center in 1986. Dr. Lachiewicz has served on a number of governing bodies, committees and editorial boards, including the Governor’s Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs from 1998 to 2001, the National Fragile X Foundation – Fragile X Clinical and Research Consortium from 2006 to present, and the National Fragile X Foundation Scientific and Clinical Advisory Committee from 2012 to the present.
Dr. Lachiewicz’s research interests involve studying the behaviors and phenotype of children and adults with fragile X syndrome. She is currently involved with a multicenter registry and data collection project that is being funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
"Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award represents a true distinction, and Ave is highly deserving of this recognition,” said Ann M. Reed, MD, William Cleland Professor of Pediatrics and chair of the Department of Pediatrics.