Breaking news in research in Down syndrome

Recent advances in Research on Down syndrome

  • Recent studies explore the neurodevelopmental impact of congenital heart defects on people with Down syndrome.
  • Novel biomarkers for early stages of dementia in people with Down syndrome.
  • Research on altered molecular pathways (neurogenesis, synaptic transmission, neurodegeneration) have revealed new pharmacological targets.
  • Researchers are assessing ways to improve communication between parents and children with Down syndrome.
  • Researchers are testing portable electronic devices designed to motivate increased physical activity among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) and to monitor their progress.
  • Studies focused on reducing an imbalance between excitation and inhibition in the nervous system have provided some evidence of lasting effects.
  • Research on different interventions during pregnancy has provided evidence of lasting effects on memory and cognition.
  • Researchers are exploring ways to predict obstructive sleep apnoea in people with Down syndrome.
  • Novel tools for cognitive assessment in young individuals and in demented patients.