GLOBAL Research & Medical Care Roundtable Recap for DSDN


A Message from GLOBAL


Every year the Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL) organizes a timely and impactful GLOBAL Research & Medical Care Roundtable in collaboration with the NDSC Annual Convention. In June of 2020 GLOBAL recruited the top experts (see expert bios below) to present on the status of a COVID-19 vaccine and treatment development, COVID-19 and Down syndrome, the NIH budget for Down syndrome research, and improving health outcomes for children and adults with Down syndrome.



Our Distinguished Speakers

Frank Stephens
GLOBAL Ambassador & Q-Award winner
The Importance of Research for People with Down Syndrome

Ed Janoff, MD
CU Professor of Medicine-Infectious Disease
Living Safely with Down Syndrome in the Age of COVID-19

Karen Gaffney
GLOBAL Q-Award winner
Living Safely with Down Syndrome in the Age of COVID-19

Kelly Sullivan
Boettcher Investigator & Assistant Professor, Crnic Institute
Immune System Dysregulation in Down syndrome

Mike Rafii, MD, PhD
Medical Director of the Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute
Alzheimer’s Disease in Down Syndrome

Joaquín Espinosa, PhD
Executive Director of the Crnic Institute
Immune modulation in Down syndrome and COVID-19

Mike Ybarra, MD, FAAEM, FACEP
The Biopharmaceutical Industry’s Efforts to Beat Coronavirus

Michelle Sie Whitten, MA
GLOBAL President & CEO
The “COVID 19 & Down Syndrome Q&A” Collaborative

Kent McKelvey, MD
Associate Professor in Medical Genetics & Family Medicine
Medical Guidelines For Adults with Down Syndrome

Melissa Parisi, MD, PhD
NICHD National Institutes of Health, DS-Connect Registry Manager
Promising Research at the NIH


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