PBS Spotlights Crnic Institute Research on Down Syndrome & Alzheimer’s Disease


Rocky Mountain PBS will spotlight the Linda Crnic Institute’s groundbreaking research connecting Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease on its flagship TV show “Colorado State of Mind.” Interviews with renowned scientist Huntington Potter explore why 100 percent of people with Down syndrome are expected to have the brain pathology of Alzheimer’s and up to 50 percent will have the symptoms associated with the disease. How studying people with Down syndrome may hold the key to therapies or a cure for Alzhiemer’s is explored. To learn more about Potter’s establishment of the first Alzheimer’s disease clinical care and research center based on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Colorado, you can listen to his recent conversation with Colorado Public Radio.


Cynthia Hessin, Host of “Colorado State of Mind,” interviews the following guests from the Global Down Syndrome Foundation Research & Medical Care Roundtable organized for the Linda Crnic Institute and the Sie Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado, and attended by more than 400 self-advocates and families from around the world:

Huntington Potter, Ph.D., Director of Alzheimer’s Research, Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome and Department of Neurology, University of Colorado Denver

Michelle Livingston, Senior Director of Operations and Government Affairs, Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Ricki Rest, Event Chair, Global Down Syndrome Foundation Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, Advocate for grandson with Down syndrome

Casey Perry, Subcommittee Chair, Global Down Syndrome Foundation Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, Advocate for son with Down syndrome

Chase Turner Perry, Ambassador, Global Down Syndrome Foundation, self-advocate with Down syndrome


7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, and 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013


On air at Rocky Mountain PBS in the Denver area and on KTSC in Pueblo/Colorado Springs (View channel lineup online). “Colorado State of Mind” will be available online at www.rmpbs.org/csom after the episode airs on Aug. 9.