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Down syndrome is:

  • A condition whereby there are three copies of the 21st chromosome instead of two.
  • One of the leading clinical causes of cognitive delay in the world.
  • The most frequently occurring chromosomal condition, affecting approximately 1 in every 700 births in the United States.

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Crnic has a new Executive Director

After serving as Executive Director for five years, Tom Blumenthal is pleased to pass the baton to Joaquin Espinosa, effective July 2017. Dr. Espinosa holds an appointment as Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, is co-Leader of the Molecular Oncology program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, and is the founding Director of the Functional Genomics Facility at the University of Colorado. 

Dr. Espinosa directs a multidisciplinary research program investigating how gene networks control cell behavior and organismal function with two main focus areas – cancer biology and Down syndrome. He also spearheads the Human Trisome Project at the Crnic Institute, which is the largest and most comprehensive cohort study of its kind.

The Crnic Institute is excited to welcome Dr. Espinosa aboard!