Thursday, 29 January 2015

Research news and commentary #1 for 2015



Clinical Drug Trial for People with Down Syndrome Successful
Brian Skotko, Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, 26th January, 2015
The results are now in: the Phase 2 clinical drug trial, sponsored by Transition Therapeutics, was a success! As many of you know, our Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital was one of 3 sites in the country selected to participate in this landmark study. We are thankful to the 6 adults with Down syndrome, and their caregivers, who participated at our clinic. Here’s a summary of the study, and what this might mean for your son or daughter with Down syndrome in the future ... click on 'show more' at the end of the introduction to read the summary.



Study Finds Postsecondary Programs Boost Outcomes
Shaum Heasley, Disability Scoop, 20th January 2015
Individuals with intellectual disabilities who attend postsecondary programs are finding greater success in the job market than those who do not pursue further education, a new study suggests.

Graduates of postsecondary programs reported higher rates of employment since completing high school, according to findings published online this month in the Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. The research offers support for a growing number of programs at colleges and universities specifically geared toward young adults with developmental disabilities ...

Lines of Enquiry, January 2015
Newsletter of the Centre for Applied Disability Research (NSW)

Rate of Urinary Retention in Adults With Down Syndrome: A Prospective Study
Brian Chicoine and Suela Sulo, Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, January-February 2015
Down syndrome (DS) is associated with a higher incidence of many medical conditions, but little information regarding urinary retention exists. We assessed the urinary retention rates in a group of adults with DS and compared the characteristics of patients with and without urinary retention ... 

University of Kansas (KU) part of $12.5M grant to prepare young adults with disabilities for careersUniversity of Kansas, 24th November 2014
The University of Kansas is part of a partnership that has secured a $12.5 million grant to help states better prepare young people with disabilities for the transition to postsecondary education and careers ... Researchers in KU’s Transition Coalition, a team that focuses on helping young adults with disabilities, will develop online and blended professional development strategies that educators, rehabilitation counselors, families and others will be able to use to improve practices in working with young adults during transition ... 

Down syndrome students excel in new math teaching program in Canberra and Victoria
Claire Colley, Sydney Morning Herald, 14th December 2014
Maths is the most difficult school subject for 13-year-old Annie Lee, but thanks to a revolutionary new approach to teaching maths to people with Down syndrome it's now also her favourite ...

T21 Research Society
Trisomy 21 Research Society (T21RS) is the first non-profit scientific organization of researchers studying Down syndrome, founded to promote basic and translational research on Down syndrome and to apply new scientific knowledge to develop improved treatments and cures.
Its first international conference, T21RS 2015 is scheduled for 4th - 7th June 2015, in Paris

Clues to genetics of congenital heart defects emerge from Down syndrome study
... individuals with Down syndrome have a high risk of congenital heart defects. However, not all people with Down syndrome have them – about half have structurally normal hearts. Geneticists have been learning about the causes of congenital heart defects by studying people with Down syndrome ...

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