Co-chair of the Senate Down Syndrome Caucus, Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas, hosted a roundtable discussion on scientific advances in Down syndrome research to mark the five-year anniversary of the development of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) INCLUDE Project.
The roundtable speakers included Joaquin Espinosa, PhD, executive director of the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome and leader of the INCLUDE Data Coordinating Center (DCC) Administrative and Outreach Core, Dr. Diana Bianchi, director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the NIH, Michelle Sie Whitten, president and CEO of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL) and INCLUDE DCC community partner, and Frank Stephens, a self-advocate, actor and athlete.
According to Sen. Moran, “Federal funding in medical research is an area of investment where we have seen incredible returns and, specifically within biomedical research. It was encouraging to hear from these participants about the progress we have made in biomedical and Down syndrome research. New research and development offer hope to millions of Americans, and I will continue to support these crucial efforts.”
Access a video of the full roundtable to learn more.