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Yvonne Pierre welcomes Dr. Stephanie Sherman to discuss Down Syndrome (DS) Research. Dr. Sherman is a professor and geneticist that spent more than two decades studying the causes and consequences of DS at Emory University Department of Human Genetics. Over the years, she has amassed the largest DS database in the country, thanks to children and families who have participated in studies at Emory. In one such study, the Atlanta Down Syndrome Project, done in collaboration with the CDC from 1989 to 1999, researchers interviewed and collected medical information and biologic samples both from families with an infant with DS and controls without DS in the five-country metro Atlanta area. From 2000 to 2004, the study expanded to additional sites around the country to become the National Down Syndrome Project—with Emory leading the largest multi-site, population-based study of DS to date.
As mentioned in the interview, here are the links:
NIH Opportunity to Provide Input on National Down Syndrome Research Plan - http://www.ndss.org/Advocacy/Legislative-Agenda/Improving-Health-Outcomes-Quality-of-Life-for-People-with-Down-Syndrome/Down-Syndrome-Research-Funding/Down-Syndrome-Research-Plan-RFI-Opportunity/
Emory's Down Syndrome Center - http://genetics.emory.edu/DSC/
Emory University's Department of Human Genetics - http://genetics.emory.edu/
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