The goal of the annual workshop was to learn about the latest in Down syndrome research, connect with other scientists, promote collaborations and exchange ideas. The rapid-fire format included four 20-minute presentations and a live Q&A during each of the six panels. The panel topics are listed below, but you can also download the full agenda here.
Panel A: The INCLUDE Data Coordinating Center & Data Hub
Panel B: The co-occurring conditions of Down syndrome
Panel C: Genetic and genomics approaches in Down syndrome research
Panel D: Integrated multi-omics studies of the co-occurring conditions of Down syndrome
Panel E: Clinical trials in Down syndrome
Panel F: Beyond molecules: impacts of lifestyle, environment and diet
The INCLUDE DCC team was also honored to have self-advocate Karen Gaffney to start off the event with her opening remarks. Karen Gaffney is the President of the Karen Gaffney Foundation that is dedicated to championing the journey to full inclusion in families, schools, the workplace and the community for people with intellectual disabilities.
Karen is the first person with Down syndrome to deliver a TED talk to one of the largest TEDX venues in the world in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. She describes her life as a “Journey of Hope” and calls attention to the tremendous accomplishments of people living with Down syndrome all over the world.
Karen is also an incredibly accomplished swimmer. She successfully swam the English Channel as part of a six-person relay team. She also swam 9-miles nonstop, straight across the width of Lake Tahoe in 59-degree water and became the subject of the documentary: Crossing Tahoe: A Swimmer’s Dream.
The INCLUDE DCC team is already planning for next year and hopes to see you in 2023! Subscribe to the INCLUDE DCC listserv to get updates about all upcoming events.