Global Webinar Series

FEBRUARY 2020

Government Funding for Down Syndrome Research Triples – What This Could Mean for Children & Adults with Down Syndrome


What You Need to Know


Overview & Speakers:


This webinar will cover:

The exciting new Down syndrome research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the NIH INCLUDE Project (INvestigation of Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down syndromE).

How families and Down syndrome organizations can participate in, and benefit from research. How to use the powerful medical registry resource, DS-Connect®, under the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), and learn about research opportunities.

A new clinical trial aimed at normalizing immune function in Down syndrome to cure autoimmune skin conditions and improve cognitive function and quality of life.

The Crnic Institute Human Trisome ProjectTM, the most ambitious dataset for people with Down syndrome that serves as a discovery engine aimed at the diseases that people with Down syndrome are highly predisposed to (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease and autoimmune disorders) and protected from (e.g. solid tumor cancers).

Answers to your research questions!


Melissa A. Parisi, MD, PhD, has been the Chief of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Branch at the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) since 2008. She is interested in advancing research that will improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. Dr. Parisi helps manage the new NIH INCLUDE program, established and co-manages the DS-Connect® registry, and leads the Down Syndrome Consortium. Dr. Parisi earned her medical and doctorate degrees in developmental biology from Stanford University. She completed a pediatric residency at the University of Washington, followed by fellowship training in medical genetics. Her prior research focused on developmental disorders of the cerebellum.

Joaquín Espinosa, PhD is the Executive Director, Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, and Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Colorado. At the Crnic Institute, Dr. Espinosa oversees the largest center for Down syndrome research in the world, involving 50+ research teams and 250+ scientists across 25 departments and divisions throughout the University of Colorado system. This multidisciplinary group of scientists currently holds thelargest number of NIH awards and NIH research dollars focused on Down syndrome relative to any other academic institution in the US. In collaboration with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, the Crnic Institute launched an ambitious cohort study of people with Down syndrome involving deep clinical characterization and pan-omics datasets, known as the Crnic Institute’s Human Trisome Project (HTP).

Powerpoint Presentation: Download Government Funding for DS Research


Powerpoint Presentation: Download Scientific Research in the INCLUDE Era


Questions & Answers: Coming Soon!


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