Down's Syndrome Awareness Week (UK) 15-21 March 2010
Posted Mar 20 2010 3:17am
It is Down's Syndrome Awareness Week in the UK this week! Then, Sunday is WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY!
Today I'd like to introduce you to the Down Syndrome Research Foundation-UK . The following is from their website. Please visit their site to see how you can get involved! There are many exciting things happening in the world of DS!
The DSRF (UK) is dedicated to commissioning and funding research that will benefit those with Down’s Syndrome. Increasingly, we recognise that in order for our research to be effective it needs to take on a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach. We need to bring together academics, medical experts and researchers to investigate, examine, and develop treatments for the medical conditions and disabilities that affect people with Down’s Syndrome. Our current pilot study on ‘Nutritional Interventions in Children with Down’s Syndrome’ has already indicated that there are significant differences in the blood of Down’s syndrome children and that of their siblings. We now need to take this forward with a larger research study and an interdisciplinary research approach, bringing together, neuroscience, medicine, genetics, pathology, health and nutrition.
The mapping of the human genome means that the genes on chromosome 21 have now been identified. Theoretically, it should now be possible to identify the genes associated with specific medical conditions and disabilities, analyse them, understand the influence they have on the different developmental processes and design treatments aimed at addressing them. This is already opening up exciting new opportunities and avenues for research involving areas like epigenetics, and with the expected growth in the pace of research, we are moving towards finding treatments and cures for many of the conditions that affect children and adults with Down’s Syndrome.
Down’s Syndrome is the single greatest cause of mental impairment in the world. More than this, people with Down’s syndrome are at high risk of certain medical conditions and disabilities. For example, they are twenty-fold more likely to develop diabetes, and certain cancers than the non-D.S. population. Furthermore, it is believed that everyone with Down’s Syndrome develops Alzheimer’s like dementia by the age of 40. However, these afflictions also mirror those found in the population in general. Therefore, by studying Down’s Syndrome, we can gain a greatly improved understanding of medical conditions that ultimately, will be of benefit us all.
We undertake to build on the research that has already taken place. We fund and manage research in association with other groups and charities and we share our results and findings. We believe that this approach will ultimately bring huge benefits to people with Down’s Syndrome, their siblings, parents and to carers of those with Down’s Syndrome.
Please, please, support us. Our work is vital and we receive no government funding, we rely totally on voluntary contributions. Please click here to make a donation