Young investigators

The overall mission of our Society is to support research in the field of Down syndrome. One of our aims is to recruit new investigators for the expansion of knowledge in this field. the Education and Training committee led by Dr. Sandra Guidi (University of Bologna, Italy) would like to foster the careers of younger researchers. We believe that every help is essential, especially in the work of a young researcher, to achieve the goal of our society: to allow people with Down syndrome to live a better life.

Young Investigators

What does young investigators say?

I offer myself a panorama to continue with my future professional plans within this same area of psychology, language and Down syndrome.

Julia Beatriz Barron Martinez

PhD student

Not only the community was very welcoming to new members of the field, but also extremely collaborative, willing to share reagents and models to accelerate our research.

André Miguel Lopes Miranda

I am excited to begin a career in Down’s Syndrome research, and I feel that the opportunity to share the work I have done and meet with experts in the field will be an excellent platform to gain new insights.

Olatz Ojinaga

PhD student at Birkbeck, University of London





Organize schools for young scientists interested in Down syndrome

Network of host laboratories

Establish a network of host laboratories working on Down syndrome, where visiting young scientists may expand knowledge in different methodological and conceptual issues regarding Down syndrome

Grants to students

Provide grants to students to enable them to attend scientific conferences regarding Down syndrome

Thesis prizes

Issue thesis prizes in order to stimulate research on Down syndrome


Webinars are organized regularly to support the dissemination of the latest research developed in the field of Down syndrome



To support the dissemination of the latest research developed in the field of Down Syndrome, our committee organizes free webinars mainly for young researchers. Our goal is to organize a webinar every three months, with worldwide experts in the field of Down syndrome.

Our webinar series start with the presentation and discussion of a journal paper, carefully selected from recent publications in the field of Down syndrome for their relevance and/or use of cutting-edge methodology. At the end of webinar it is possible to ask questions and discuss with the speaker.

We look forward to you joining our Webinar!

Upcoming webinar


Dr. Xuqiao Chen (University of California San Diego, USA)

Target APP in Down syndrome

 December 15, 6:00 PM Central European Time (12:00 AM USA Eastern Time)


Past webinars

T21RS Webinars are available in the Membership area


  • November 4th 2021

Dr. Sujay Ghosh (University of Calcutta, India) presented “Covid-19 among the individual with Down syndrome: Difference in the outcome between Indian and High-Income country data in T21RS survey”

  • May 26th 2021

Dr Laura Reiche (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany) presented her work on “Aberrant oligodendrogenesis in Down syndrome: potential role of C21orf91”

  • April 12th 2021

Prof Joaquin Espinosa (Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, USA) presented “The NIH INCLUDE Project Data Coordinating Center: A New Frontier in Down Syndrome Research”

  • March 2, 2021

Prof. Fabio Di Domenico (Sapienza University of Roma, Italy) presented his work on “Deciphering the short circuits of proteostasis network in Down syndrome”



  • December 1st 2020

Prof. Yann Herault (IGBMC, France) and Prof. Roger H. Reeves (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA) presented “Present and future challenges for modeling Down syndrome in model organisms”

  • October 20th 2020

Prof. Randall J. Roper (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA)  presented “Strengths and Limitations of Down Syndrome Mouse Models”

  • July 22nd 2020

The “COVID-19 Workgroup of T21RS presented the multi-talk webinar titled ”The Covid-19 pandemic and protection of individuals with Down syndrome: from the biological risks to treatment”

Prof. Eitan Okun (Bar Ilan University, Israel) and Prof. Mara Dierssen (CRG, Spain) presented “The biological risk of Covid-19 infection in people with Down syndrome”

Prof. Anke Huels (Emory University, USA) presented “The results of the T21RS Covid-19 survey in Down syndrome”

Dr. Anne-Sophie Rebillat (Institue Jerome Lejeune, France) and Dr. Diego Real de Asúa (Hospital Universitario de la Princesa, Spain) presented “Clinical cases of Covid-19 in people with Down syndrome”.

  • June 10th 2020

Prof. Marie-Claude Potier (ICM Institute, France) presented her work on:  “The Endolysosomal pathway in Down syndrome”. This webinar was organized by the LonDownS Consortium.

  • April 28th 2020

Prof. Peng Jiang from Rutgers University (Piscataway, New Jersey) presented his work on: “Modeling Down Syndrome Using Human iPSC-Based Cerebral Organoid and Chimeric Mouse Models”.

  • January 31st 2020

Prof. Mauro Costa-Mattioli from Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas) presented his work on “Activation of the ISR mediates the behavioral and neurophysiological abnormalities in Down syndrome”.


3rd International Conference of T21RS Young Investigator Program

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We are looking for new members for our Committee.

Contact us to be protagonists in our Society!