DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome announced $1 million in Crnic Grand Challenge Grants to 10 researchers, raising the number of labs in Colorado working on Down syndrome research to 28, and the total labs supported by Crnic to 33. In the past three years, $5.7 million in grants have been awarded to Crnic-related grants programs supporting over 100 scientists focused on Down syndrome research.
Crnic Grand Challenge Grant recipients are chosen based on the strength of their proposed science and the likelihood such science will lead to improving outcomes for people with Down syndrome. The research addresses conditions that disproportionately affect people with Down syndrome, such as Alzheimer's disease, leukemia, cognitive deficits, and autoimmune disease, as well as research into genetic understanding and why people with Down syndrome rarely get solid-tumor cancers. All grant recipients commit to becoming part of a Down Syndrome Supergroup that meets monthly to discuss science related to Down syndrome.
“The Crnic Grand Challenge Grants have transformed Down syndrome research at the University of Colorado so that people throughout the university are not only aware of the potential but also jumping at the chance to incorporate it into their labs,” said Tom Blumenthal, Ph.D., executive director of the Crnic Institute.
Thirty-one researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus applied for the 2015 Crnic Grand Challenge Grants. The proposals were reviewed by an elite group of scientists.
A list of grant recipients and their research is available at www.globaldownsyndrome.org/crnicgrants.
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation ("Global") is responsible for fundraising, education and outreach for the Crnic Institute. Global leads lobbying and advocacy efforts on behalf of the general community dedicated to increased research and medical care funds benefiting people with Down syndrome.
Despite affecting one in every 691 births in the U.S., Down syndrome trails many other genetic conditions in National Institutes of Health funding. Global encourages self-advocates and their families to sign up for DS-Connect: The Down Syndrome Registry, the NIH's important research initiative.