The Trial Ready Cohort-Down Syndrome (TRC-DS) begins


A pioneering international study that accelerates the inclusion of adults with Down Syndrome in clinical trials is starting at the Alzheimer-Down Unit of the Hospital de Sant Pau and the Fundació Catalana de Síndome de Down in Barcelona. The Trial Ready Cohort-Down Syndrome (TRC-DS), a new international study funded by the US National Institutes of … Read more

New plasma biomarker to detect Alzheimer’s disease in Down syndrome individuals

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Plasma biomarkers Scientists worldwide are immersed in the race for accurate, non-invasive and accessible biomarkers to detect and diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease. To date, major scientific advances allowed the identification of several biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid or using positron emission tomography (PET). Yet, these methods are either invasive or expensive and not easily accessible to all … Read more

NPTX2: a new biomarker of neuronal dysfunction in adults with Down syndrome

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Alzheimer’s disease is the major cause of death in adults with Down syndrome. Thus, there is an urgent need for objective biomarkers that can improve early diagnosis and monitor progression of Alzheimer’s disease in the Down syndrome population. Our recent study, entitled “Cerebrospinal fluid profile of NPTX2 supports role of Alzheimer’s disease-related inhibitory circuit dysfunction … Read more

Publication in The Lancet: natural history of Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome

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Publication in The Lancet The Lancet, a world reference journal in Medicine, publishes the article “Clinical and Biomarker changes of Alzheimer’s disease in adults with Down syndrome: a cross-sectional study“, led by the Alzheimer Down Unit of the Hospital de Sant Pau and the Down Syndrome Catalan Foundation, in collaboration with researchers from the University … Read more

Recommendations to protect people with Down syndrome against COVID-19

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The coronavirus outbreak COVID-19, which has been listed as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, affects especially vulnerable people and those with previous illnesses. While there is still no evidence on how coronavirus COVID-19 disease affects people with Down syndrome, we know that, in general, people with Down syndrome may have some underlying factors … Read more