About Down's Syndrome : Research Symposium 2012

Promoting collaboration and understanding

The Down’s Syndrome Association’s (DSA) first ever Research Symposium took place on 2-3 May 2012. The Symposium was a great success and  we hope to see it repeated in the future. Delegates were able to learn about the range of research taking place currently and found opportunities for future collaboration.

Speakers

Dr Janet Carr Until her retirement Dr Carr was regional tutor in the Psychology of Learning Disability at St George Hospital London. She will speak about her longitudinal study of a cohort of children with Down’s syndrome and their families.

Dr Jeremy Parr is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Neurodisability at the University of Newcastle. He is involved in a study, looking at behavioural differences between Down’s syndrome and Down’s syndrome and Autistic Spectrum Condition.

Dr Maggie Woodhouse is Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Cardiff. She is involved in a long-term study of visual and cognitive development in infants and young children with Down’s syndrome, at particular risk of eye defects.

Dr Kathleen Gillespie is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Clinical Sciences, University of Bristol. She is a molecular biologist. Currently she is studying the immunogenetic characterisation of Diabetes in Down’s syndrome.

Dr Shahid Zaman is an academic psychiatrist at Cambridge. He is currently involved in research into dementia in Down’s syndrome and has plans to explore the role of sleep in memory and learning for people with Down’s syndrome.

Professor Irene Roberts is Professor of Paediatric Haematology, Imperial College, London. She is developing a screening test for transient myeloproliferative disorder, a pre-leukemic condition present at birth in around 10% of children with Down’s syndrome.

Dr Paresh Vyas is a consultant clinical haematologist with an interest in myeloid disorders. He also runs a research laboratory at the University of Oxford. Dr Vyas is collaborating with Professor Roberts on the screening project.

Professor Chris Jarrold is a developmental psychologist at the University of Bristol. He has recently been involved in a study which looked at working memory and language acquisition in people with Down’s syndrome.

Professor Stuart Logan is Cerebra Professor of Paediatric Epidemiology and Director of the Institute of Health service Research Peninsular Medical School.

Dr Victor Tybulewicz works in collaboration with Professor Lizzie Fisher. They focus in particular on identifying dosage sensitive genes that contribute in Down’s syndrome to the increased frequency of leukaemia, to defects in brain and heart development, defective angiogenesis and alterations in behaviour and synaptic plastic

Dr Deidre Birtles is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Research in Child Development, University of East London. Her recent research activity at UEL includes a long-term follow-up of a cohort of children with Down syndrome studying perceptual-motor behaviour from infancy to adolescence.