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Therapeutic research is a marathon. Finding a treatment that will improve or even correct the intellectual disability related to various genetic disorders including Down syndrome is an urgent matter.
The Foundation, by following the trail blazed by Professor Lejeune, is part of this race in the service of patients and future generations.
The research programmes are aimed both at fundamental research on cells, on animal models, and applied research on humans. The latter includes clinical research with hands-on programmes like the Acthyf study, currently underway.
When research efforts aimed at a disease become progress for everyone to share
Fundamental and clinical research produces scientific and medical information to better understand and treat many genetic intelligence disorders, as well as for other pathologies.
Patients carrying Down syndrome suffer from concomitant diseases. Therefore, by studying, monitoring and treating their symptoms, healthcare professionals also make progress in understanding other illnesses: Alzheimer, diabetes, cancer, etc. The synergies between the medical fields are the focus of the actions conducted around research on genetic intelligence disorders: neurobiology, cancer, neuropsychology, dermatology, speech therapy, immunology, etc… The discovery of treatments for these illnesses will benefit all these patients. Regarding Down syndrome for instance, many related diseases exist.