Dr. Michael Harpold talks Down Syndrome Research on Arizona PBS

Dr. Michael Harpold, LuMind RDS's chief scientific officer, appeared on Horizonte, a news and affairs program on Channel 8, a public television station in Arizona to talk about Down syndrome research. Enjoy the update from Dr. Harpold at 17 minutes.

Here's to Collaboration!

Thank you to Jeremie Ballinger, Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis, who took some time from the activities at DSAIA to talk about the merger of LuMind Foundation and Research Down Syndrome. We appreciate the time Jeremie took to "welcome collaboration," especially as the DSAGSL was busy collecting numerous awards at the conference. We're so glad to have your support, DSAGSL!

LuMind Foundation and Research Down Syndrome Have Merged to Create One Organization: LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation

LogoThe LuMind Foundation (formerly the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation – DSRTF) and Research Down Syndrome (RDS), worldwide leaders in advancing Down syndrome cognition research, together announce consolidation of the two organizations. The new foundation will pursue their shared mission more effectively and efficiently, and leverage the tremendous progress each has made to ignite Down syndrome cognition discoveries. Read more in our press release. 

Karen Gaffney on the Importance of Research

Vibrant and inspirational self-advocate Karen Gaffney spoke at the October 2014 Funding Futures to benefit the LuMind Foundation. Karen spoke about the importance of Down syndrome cognition research and "the huge black cloud" that hangs over her about early onset Alzheimer's disease and loss of cognitive gains that every person with Down syndrome faces as they age.

We Have Big Plans for 2015!

Won't you join us? Ten years ago there was little research on Down syndrome cognitive development being conducted, now there are more promising lines of discovery than we can fund. The LuMind Foundation Board Chair, Ryan Hartman, has a message about why NOW is a critical time to capture the research momentum you've ignited with your donations. Read Ryan's words on our Plus15 Blog.

NIHNIH Releases 2014 Down Syndrome Research Plan

We’re very pleased to announce that NIH has just released the updated document “Down Syndrome Directions,” the NIH Research Plan on Down Syndrome. The research plan will provide another great way to work with the DS community to further research efforts. Read more about the plan on our plus15 Blog.

The ROMP Video is Here!

What happens at a ROMP FOR RESEARCH? Find out in this colorful, fun-filled, camera-drone flying video. We especially enjoyed the cameo by Troy, one of our favorite ROMP participants.



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Upcoming Events

September 30, 2015

Grants Announcement Webinar

This is our favorite time of year! Learn how your donations are hard at work propelling discoveries from the lab bench to reality. Dr. Michael Harpold will describe the 2015-2016 recipients of $1.6 million in grants. If you can't make it, please still register and we will forward you the recording, so you can get all the news on your own time. Register here.

October 10, 2015

Alexander's Angels Buddy Walk, Long Island, NY

LuMind RDS will be visiting with our dear friends on Long Island during their 9th Annual Buddy Walk. Check out this 2015 preview from a local news station featuring founder Esther Gomez-Nieto and self-advocate, Kyle Erickson. Learn more about this incredible organization and as well as how you can show Long Island support on October 10, 2015.

October 11, 2015

ROMP for Research - 10th Anniversary, NYC

The ROMP is back, New York! One of LuMind RDS's signature events is back with ten years of fun packed into one day. Click here to learn more - and SIGN UP YOUR ROMP TEAM TODAY!

October 11, 2015

Chicago Marathon

Go LuMind RDS Runners! We have 7 Runners representing Down syndrome cognition research at the Chicago Marathon. If you are in the Windy City, please cheer them on and consider giving their fundraising a boost with a donation.

October 16, 2015

Ashley Rose Golf Tournament, Virginia

The 5th Annual Ashley Rose Classic is back in Virginia! We've enjoyed celebrating the beautiful Ashley Rose as she's grown over the past 5 years. So join in the celebration and play golf to benefit LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation and cognition research! Learn more, register or make a donation.

October 17, 2015

Funding Futures

Join the Chicagoland crew of dedicated supporters for a night of live music, food and fun at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn, IL. Check out the latest newsletter and learn how to join in on the event website.

November 6, 2015

Tribute 21 Gala

Don your fancy attire for this DC event supporting Down syndrome cognition research and the Tribute 21 Fund. Ticket sales and more details coming shortly!

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In the News

LuMind Foundation and Research Down Syndrome Merge

March 2, 2015

LuMind Foundation Announces 2014-2015 Research Grants

September 10, 2014

National Public Radio Features LuMind-Funded Researchers

NPR, August 25, 2014

Health Beat: Down Syndrome: The Key to Alzheimer's disease?

WFMZ, San Diego - July 18, 2014

"Support Cells" in Brain Play Important Role in Down Syndrome

BioScience Technology - July 18, 2014

In Science of Down Syndrome, Another Piece of the Puzzle

Modern Messy - May 20, 2014

Research News Could Lead to New Lines of Investigation

April 2014

Shoddy Sorting Disrupts Memory-Making Signals

AStar Research - April 23, 2014

Can Down Syndrome Research Also Help Alzheimer's Patients?

Cape Cod Times — March 21, 2014

People With Intellectual Disabilities Get a Say in Drug Trials

Wall Street Journal – March 10, 2014

IQ Boosting Drugs Aim to Help Kids with Down Syndrome Learn

Bloomberg News – March 3, 2014

New Drugs May Transform Down Syndrome

Scientific American – March 1, 2014

LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation

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Phone: 508.630.2177

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Phone: 508.630.2177

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