IDDRC Reporter 2016

October 26, 2016

The IDDRC Reporter is a once-a-year summary of research conducted by the IDDRC Network programs. This newsletter will highlight some recent advances in Down syndrome research from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (IDDRCs), a network supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Collaborations among the IDDRC Network have significantly advanced our understanding of Down syndrome. IDDRC-supported research has allowed us to progress from Dr. Down's relatively simple, 19th Century description of physical findings to a rich understanding of Down syndrome's impact on brain development, acquisition of language, and the aging process. The collaborative efforts of the 15 IDDRCs and their research partners have helped us to appreciate how Down syndrome manifests itself across cultures and in different environments. Most importantly, this information promises to help improve developmental outcomes and provide families and communities with the tools they need to support people with trisomy 21.

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