In 2015, the AXYS Board of Directors voted to approve the development of the AXYS Clinical and Research Consortium (ACRC). The two goals that AXYS defined at that time were to improve the availability and the quality of services to the X&Y variation community. As the ACRC grew, the original goals were refined to be as follows:
- Make life easier for those seeking evaluation and treatment.
- Bring consistency to treatment that is consensus and/or evidence-based.
- Advance the overall X&Y variation field through coordinated efforts including research.
- Bring clinical excellence to the field of X&Y variations.
Though each clinic operates independently, as members of a consortium, they collaborate with one another, share informational resources, and have the opportunity to participate in joint research projects.
In addition, AXYS organizes annual meetings of the consortium at which members meet to discuss topics important to the X&Y chromosome variation community. AXYS works to ensure that all families impacted by any of the chromosome variations have access to the best available evaluation and treatment or treatment recommendations.
Timeline of the ACRC
(Click on the year to see the accomplishments for that year.)
AXYS brought on Robby Miller as an experienced consultant to assist AXYS in creating the ACRC.
The formation committee, Dr. Tartaglia and Susan Howell of the eXtraordinarY Kids Clinic in Colorado, Jim Moore the AXYS Executive Director and Robby met. The consortium was formed.
First ACRC meeting held in Denver.
AXYS Clinical Needs and Desires survey, supported by AXYS, Emory University and PCORI began.
AXYS Clinical Needs and Desires survey concluded. Results presented to ACRC by lead investigator Dr. Sharron Close.
Launched with 8 founding clinics: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Los Angles, New York, Stanford, Wilmington
ACRC meets in Denver
Discussed need for Adult clinics
Added clinic in Wake-Forest
ACRC meets in Chicago
Began Consensus Documents
Added clinic in Philadelphia
ACRC meets in Atlanta
Conducted study to pilot a process to form clinics for adults, funded by the WITH Foundation Grant. Study led by Sharron Close at Emory University and Susan Howell at Colorado Children’s Hospital.
AXYS awarded grant from the Kosloski Family Foundation to create CME course on Klinefelter Syndrome in Adults
Added clinics in Boston and Cleveland
First virtual ACRC meeting
Held quarterly ACRC meetings with dedicated discussions on telehealth, Families of Color and Adult clinics.
Added clinic in New York, second clinic in Philadelphia for adults
Added first international clinics in Vancouver, Canada and Århus, Denmark.
Expanded ACRC to include clinical researchers:
- Megan A. Allyse, PhD. Mayo Clinic, United States
- Christine Disteche, PhD, University of Washington, United States
- Claus Gravholt, MD, PhD, Aarhus University Hospital, Århus, Denmark
- Armin Raznahan MD, PhD, National Institutes of Health, United States
- Sophie van Rijn, PhD, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Published first Consensus Documents
Added international clinic in London, UK.