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 2013 Down Syndrome Symposium

​The 2nd annual LCI Down Syndrome Symposium will be held on Friday, November 8 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Hensel Phelps West Auditorium in Research Complex 1 North on the Anschutz Medical Campus.


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 in 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.