As the 2014 International clinical Jérôme Lejeune Days are approaching, here is a review of the highlights of the previous international days with the extracts of the opening speech of Stylianos Antonarakis, chairman of the scientific committee of the 1st international Jérôme Lejeune Days in 2004.
« Down Syndrome is not of interest only to geneticists »
I would like to thanks all the organizations, including the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, who supported all our research work. It is extremely important for us. I would like to thank Professor Jérôme Lejeune for his discoveries, his style, the example he gave us all. I would like to thank his family for having kept alive the flame he passed on to us.
The disorders due to cognitive disabilities are very difficult to understand and we still do not know them very well, including in Down Syndrome. The knowledge we have today is still very elementary. The evidence of this, being that we still haven’t managed to treat or cure Down Syndrome.
Down Syndrome is a multifactorial, very complex disease which is very close to various other disorders including Alzheimer. All these disorders in cognitive dysfunctions are all leads which should take us towards a better understanding of cognitive dysfunctions.
Down Syndrome and disorders due to cognitive disabilities are not of interest only to geneticists. It is a fascinating subject for neuro scientists, molecular biologists, bio computer specialists, physicians, chemists and all specialties which, put together, help to discover new facts concerning these pathologies.