Archive for September 9th, 2015

Crnic Institute Selects World-Class Researcher

September 9th, 2015 by Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Crnic expands and strengthens with new Associate Director, Dr. Joaquin Espinosa. This addition creates the largest team of Down syndrome researchers in the world.

Global Down Syndrome Foundation Will Help Fund Espinosa’s Vision as the Newly Appointed Associate Director of Science

Sajeet CrnicWDSD 2015 - Joaquin Espinosa with self-advocatesAlan Beals

Acclaimed cancer medical researcher, professor and scientist Joaquín Espinosa, Ph.D., has been appointed to the newly created position of Associate Director for Science at the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine (UCD-SOM) in the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Tom Blumenthal, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Crnic Institute commented, “There were other departments and centers vying to hire Joaquín but in the end it was the allure and potential of Down syndrome research that convinced him to join us. In this position, he knows he has the chance of helping millions of people. Joaquín is not only a cancer expert he is a brilliant and big idea scientist. He is an expert in the basic molecular biology of gene expression, and an accomplished genomicist. We are lucky to have him.”

Espinosa’s team (The Espinosa Lab) has moved from the University of Colorado Boulder to the Department of Pharmacology at UCD-SOM in Aurora, where Espinosa will hold a full professorship. His team will continue investigating diverse cancer genes, while also focusing on the remarkable fact that the population with Down syndrome has a much lower risk of developing solid tumors.

In his new position overseeing science at the Crnic Institute, Espinosa is tasked with expanding beyond the existing Crnic Grand Challenge Grants program that has stimulated 28 labs and nearly 100 scientists to work on Down syndrome research at the University of Colorado. He will foster growth in key areas such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, autoimmune disorders and clinical research in association with the Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He will also work on establishing public-private-university alliances to stimulate research that benefits people with Down syndrome.

Global Down Syndrome Foundation, the fundraising, education and outreach arm of the Crnic Institute, helped raised funds to enable the recruitment of Espinosa and will make fundraising for his scientific vision a priority.

“The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is proud to have Dr. Joaquín Espinosa join our prestigious group of scientists at the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome,” said Michelle Sie Whitten, President and CEO of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. “The combination of his scientific achievements and his passion for helping people with Down syndrome makes Dr. Espinosa a perfect fit for our Global family.”

“I am very excited to join the Crnic Institute and work in collaboration with the teams at the Sie Center and Global Down Syndrome Foundation,” said Espinosa. “It is rare to find this perfect combination of a research institute, a clinical care operation and a powerful non-profit agency working in close coordination toward a common goal. I am confident that we will advance biomedical research in the area of Down syndrome and the associated co-morbidities in major ways.”

Previously Espinosa held the position of Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he will continue as a Visiting Associate Professor. He will also continue as the University of Colorado’s Director of The Functional Genomics Facility and as the Co-Leader of the Molecular Oncology Program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

Espinosa obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and did post-doctoral training at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. In 2009, he was appointed as an Early Career Scientist of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a nonprofit medical research organization that plays a powerful role in advancing biomedical research and science education in the United States.

In addition to being an advocate for people with Down syndrome, Espinosa is also a contributor to The Huffington Post, an avid rock climber, skier and outdoorsman.

Global Down Syndrome Foundation is a public non-profit dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through research, medical care, education and advocacy. Formally established in 2009, Global’s primary focus is to support the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, the first academic home in the United States committed solely to research and medical care for people with Down syndrome. Headquartered at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus, the Crnic Institute includes the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at the Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Follow Global Down Syndrome Foundation on Facebook & Twitter @GDSFoundation.

Beau Bridges and Minka Kelly Support Global

September 9th, 2015 by Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Beau Bridges and Minka Kelly
Saturday, October 24, 2015
New Venue! – Colorado Convention Center

Sponsor a table  Purchase Tickets  Make a donation


Bridges, a three-time Emmy winner, received his 15th Emmy nomination this year for his role as the suppressed provost Barton Scully in Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” series. Part of a preeminent Hollywood acting dynasty, the acclaimed actor has portrayed a myriad of film and television characters during his successful career spanning more than three decades. He also directed and starred in “The Kid From Nowhere,” the dramatic tale of a remarkable young man with Down syndrome who gains self-esteem while training for the Special Olympics.

Kelly is best-known for her roles on Friday Night Lights, Parenthood and Charlie’s Angels, she most recently starred in the Fox network series “Almost Human.” She also portrayed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the critically acclaimed film The Butler opposite Oprah Winfrey.

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show benefits the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome on the Anschutz Medical Campus and the Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Saturday, October 24, 2015
5:00 PM – Cocktail Reception, Silent Auction
6:30 PM – Dinner, Fashion Show, Live Auction
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St., Denver, CO 80202

To learn more about the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, go to

To learn more about sponsorships, contact Global’s Development Team at
303-321-6277 or

2014 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show
Add Event to Calendar: OutlookGoogleYahooOutlook.comApple Calendar
Share this

Connect with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation online:
Facebook Twitter “Instagram"

Who Knew? Alec Baldwin is a Pretty Serious Philanthropist

September 9th, 2015 by Global Down Syndrome Foundation