The Down Syndrome Education International reading intervention research study has been published, and is available in full, online:
Kelly Burgoyne, Fiona J. Duff, Paula J. Clarke, Sue Buckley, Margaret J. Snowling, Charles Hulme, Efficacy of a reading and language intervention for children with Down syndrome: a randomized controlled trial, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Volume 53, Issue 10, pages 1044–1053, October 2012
Registry connects people with Down syndrome with researchers
A registry of patients with Down Syndrome has been commissioned in the US, that '... will facilitate contacts and information sharing among families, patients, researchers and parent groups,' and 'Ultimately, the registry will be able to link to biorepositories of tissue samples and other resources, with the goal of making it easier for patients to take part in clinical studies for new medications and other treatments for Down syndrome.' Creation of the registry, will be funded by the US national Institutes of Health, through the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
NIH media release, 26th October 2012
Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome Announces $1 Million in Major Challenge Grants
The Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora will jump-start research benefiting people with Down syndrome by presenting scientists with $1 million in grants.
The grant program, called the annual “Crnic Major Challenge Grants,” is funded with money from the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, the Chancellors of the Boulder and Denver campuses and the Dean of the School of Medicine. Under the program, the Crnic Institute will award grants of up to $100,000 a year to scientists across research disciplines at the CU-Boulder and Anschutz campuses.
Dr. Tom Blumenthal, Executive Director of the Linda Crnic Institute, is optimistic about what this will do for the field. “I believe we will attract the best and brightest scientists with innovative scientific proposals,” Blumenthal said. “Most important, we expect the science will clearly benefit people with Down syndrome.”
A key criterion for applying for the Crnic Major Challenge Grants will be attending an annual symposium with keynotes providing the latest information about research in the field of Down syndrome. This year’s symposium is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 19, at the Anschutz campus, and about 150 people are expected to attend. The symposium will educate CU researchers about the current knowledge of the causes and properties of Down syndrome in order to spark interest in turning research in the direction of studying the most commonly occurring genetic condition, affecting one in every 691 births in the U.S. The research also will aim to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome through enhanced medical care and cognitive improvement.