Thank a teacher with an honor donation... working together to improve opportunities for people with Down syndrome

The research we fund focuses on improving cognition - learning, memory and speech - for people with Down syndrome. We know there are a lot of devoted teachers who are dedicated to doing the same. Thanks to an idea from a valued supporter, we'd like to help you thank and recognize the amazing teachers who make a difference in the life of your loved one with Down syndrome. Learn more.

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!

Thank you for supporting us on WDSD 2015!

So many of you took advantage of the generous 3:1 match on donations - THANK YOU! We loved seeing all the activity on social media - thank you to everyone who posted, blogged, tweeted or otherwise help to spread the word about the importance of cognition research. 

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.

 

You Moved the Needle!

You pushed the needle on research! We reached our goal of 2390 and doubled our $100/person donation, by adding at least 125 names to the DS-Connect® registry. In the end, 226 people joined DS-Connect® during the month of October, earning LuMind Foundation $45,200 for research. Better yet - the registry tipped 2500 just after the month closed. Keep watch on the DS-Connect® website to see the gauge move even more.

Thank you to everyone who helped by joining the registry and spreading the word. Read our deepest thanks on our plus15 blog post "DS-Connect® Challenge a Huge Success."

For details on the Challenge, read a description on our website or visit the registry to sign up today at DS-Connect®.

Keep the needle moving!

Your Donations at Work: The 2014-2015 LuMind Research Grants are Announced

We've worked together all year for this moment! The Research grants are here!

Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters who made advances in Down syndrome research a reality. Thank you to the members of our Scientific Advisory Board for reviewing all the proposals and making those tough decisions. 

Read more about the areas of research and the wonderful opportunities the programs hold for people of all ages with Down syndrome. Learn more by visiting our Research hub, reading the full press release, or browse a graphic outlining how the results from our funded researchers are flowing through the research pipeline. Great progress - all thanks to you!

About Our Name

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We're lighting up the future with a new name, new friends, and exciting progress.

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Upcoming Events

May 2, 2015

Recognition Dinner

LuMind Research Down Syndrome is holding our inaugural Recognition Dinner in the Seattle area. We will be recognizing the leading minds in research and thanking our very valued volunteers, donors, and supporters. Visit the event page to learn more details!

May 29, 2015

Jackapalooza

Chicago area friends - Jackapalooza is back with a new format. Please save the date to join us at a 21 and older event showcasing an evening of entertainment to benefit LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation. The event is Friday, May 29, 2015, 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm at the Park Ridge Country Club in Park Ridge, IL. Join us for a silent auction, raffle, entertainment and lots of laughs. Learn more on the event web page.

June 4-7, 2015

T21RS International Conference 2015

Researchers - join LuMind Research Down Syndrome in the inaugural T21RS International Conference 2015: Changing Paradigms in Down Syndrome in Paris from June 4 - 7, 2015. Learn more.

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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

225 Cedar Hill Street, Suite 200  Marlborough, MA  01752
Phone: 508.630.2177
LuMind@LuMindFoundation.org

LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation

225 Cedar Hill Street, Suite 200  Marlborough, MA  01752
Phone: 508.630.2177
LuMind@LuMindFoundation.org

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