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2013 Down Syndrome Symposium

2nd Annual

Friday, November 8, 2013

10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Hensel Phelps West Auditorium

Research Complex 1 North, Anschutz Medical Campus

Symposium Schedule

This year the symposium will begin with an introduction to the subject of Down syndrome, followed by our keynote speaker, Jeanne Lawrence, from the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine who will talk on the subject "Silencing chromosome 21 in trisomy: A new approach to Down syndrome and translational research".  Dr. Lawrence recently published portions of this work in Nature.  In a nutshell, she has managed to use the mammalian genes for shutting down one of the two X chromosomes in females (XIST) to shut down the extra chromosome 21 in cells from individuals with Down syndrome.  This has significant implications for future research on how the extra chromosome produces effects at the cellular level. 

Last year the Linda Crnic Institute funded 14 research projects at the University of Colorado AMC and Boulder campuses.  Most of the remainder of this year's symposium will consist of eight talks from some of the grant recipients describing their projects and progress to date. We hope that this will serve to provide a broad overview of the sorts of proposals we are interested in supporting (Also see our Grand Challenges). Finally, Tom Blumenthal will end with a description of this year's grants program, planned for 10 grants totaling one million dollars.


You will need to register to attend this symposium.  Coffee and lunch will be provided.  Attendance at the symposium is a prerequisite for applying for the LCI Grand Challenge Grants Program (see below for more information).
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Grand Challenge Grants

Attendance at the symposium is a prerequisite for applying for the LCI Grand Challenge Grants Program.  We encourage you to attend the symposium even if you currently have no interest in applying for a grant as you will be exposed to both fascinating scientific ideas and an interesting medical problems that may induce you to reconsider to begin a project in this area.


Attendees who are not part of the Anschutz Medical Campus can refer to the campus visitors map for visitor parking lots.
Parking is free for Boulder attendees who have a Boulder parking permit.  Those attendees can park in visitor parking lots and must have their Boulder parking permit visible in order to avoid a ticket.

If you have further questions regarding parking, please refer to the Department of Parking and Transportation website.