NEWS | January 7, 2013

Next Minds Behind the MIND lecture to focus on Down syndrome


Recent estimates place the prevalence of Down syndrome at 1 in 691 births, making it the leading known genetic cause of intellectual disability. During the January UC Davis MIND Institute “Minds Behind the MIND” presentation, researchers will provide an update on what is known about Down syndrome, its impact on the individual and their family, and possible treatments.

The discussion will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the MIND Institute auditorium at 2825 50th St., Sacramento. It is free and open to the public and no reservations are required. Presenters will include Leonard Abbeduto, MIND Institute director, and Heather Green, president, the Down Syndrome Information Alliance. The program will be moderated by Robin Hansen, director of MIND Institute Clinical Programs and the UC Davis Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

Research information focused on Down syndrome will be available prior to the presentation from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Attendees also will have the opportunity to learn more about research studies specific to the evening’s subject. There will be an extended “ask the experts” session with the panelists.

The UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, Calif., was founded in 1998 as a unique interdisciplinary research center where families, community leaders, researchers, clinicians and volunteers work together toward a common goal: researching causes, treatments and eventual preventions and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders. The institute has major research efforts in autism, fragile X syndrome, chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Down syndrome. More information about the institute and its Distinguished Lecturer Series, including previous presentations in this series, is available on the Web at