2016 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Research & Medical Care Roundtable

What parents, self-advocates & caregivers should know


Co-organized with the NDSC, the Global Roundtable is a free benefit to registrants of the NDSC Annual Convention and features renowned scientist and medical professionals. This year’s Global Roundtable featured 6 expert speakers and covered the following topics: Down syndrome and Cancer, Autoimmune Disease, and Alzheimer’s Disease. The Global Roundtable was at full capacity with 300 registered participants. Over 85% are from the United States with the remaining representing eight other countries: Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

View the 2016 Global Roundtable Q&A



Survey Results & Testimonials

Average Totals
Overall Rating 4.5
Relevance of content to your family or work? 4.3
Knowledge of Speaker 4.82
Clarity of Presentation 4.38
Q&A 4.37
Recommend to others 98%
“I received outstanding information in a way I could understand. Thank you!”
– Carolyn Jones

Extremely well Roundtable. Thank You!”
– Anwar Adnerys

“I am a first time attendee and completely blown away by all the amazing science presented!”

“I found the presentations illuminating”
– Rogers William

“Very interesting & informative! Thank you so much for all of your research and hard work!!”
– Rachel Delacruz

Speakers and Presentations

To view the presentations, click on each speaker’s presentation title.

Tom Blumenthal, PhD

Executive Director, Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome
Anna and John J. Sie Professor in Genomics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Professor, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder

Biomedical research to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome

John Crispino, PhD

Robert I. Lurie, MD, and Lora S. Lurie Professor
Professor in Medicine-Hematology/Oncology and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Why do children with Down syndrome get leukemia and what can we do about it?

Joaquín Espinosa, PhD

Associate Director for Science at the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the University of Colorado School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at University of Colorado Boulder
Co-Leader of the Molecular Oncology Program at University of Colorado Cancer Center
Director of the Functional Genomics Facility at CU Boulder

Understanding Down Syndrome as an Interferonopathy
The Human Trisome Project Unleashing the Power of Three

Huntington Potter, PhD

Director of Alzheimer’s Research, Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome

Two Sides of the Same Coin—Alzheimer’s and Down Syndrome

Michelle Sie Whitten

President & CEO, Global Down Syndrome Foundation
Executive Director, Anna and John J. Sie Foundation
Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome Board of Directors

Global Down Syndrome Foundation Research and Medical Care Roundtable: What Parents, Self-Advocates, Caregivers Should Know

Richard Spritz, M.D.

Program Director University of Colorado School of Medicine Human Medical Genetics & Genomics Program
2013 Linda Crnic Institute Grand Challenge Grant Recipient

Genetic Role of UBASH3A in Autoimmune Disease in Down Syndrome


Learn more about past Global Down Syndrome Foundation Roundtables.