UC San Diego Adult Down Syndrome Program
Recently, I got to meet some of the team at the UC San Diego Down Syndrome Clinic. As a biology major here at UC San Diego, I'm inspired by Dr. Mobley's team, as it brings together my love of science and Down Syndrome. Their research specializes with studying the prominence of Alzheimers in adults who have Down Syndrome.
From their page:
"The occurrence of Alzheimer's disease among adults with Down syndrome causes much concern for their families and care providers. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease of the brain that affects all aspects of cognition, including memory, language and problem solving.
Research has found that all adults with Down syndrome over the age of 40 develop plaques and tangles in their brains similar to those seen in persons with Alzheimer's disease. Based on this information, many parents and professionals often conclude that all persons with Down syndrome will eventually develop Alzheimer's disease.
Our goal is to better understand if this is seen clinically, and if so, to understand how and why it happens, and to develop treatments to halt it."
You can find more information regarding the incredible clinic and get involved here. They strive to develop therapies that will help people with this condition live longer, more independent lives.