Intellectual disability is linked to imbalances resulting from genetic defects. In the case of Down syndrome, some of the genetic material on chromosome 21 in the patient’s cells is excess. Researchers work on better understanding these complex situations and identifying ways to improve the patients suffering from these genetic illnesses.
Conduct and support
The Foundation, thanks to its Research Department, initiates and conducts programmes to discover treatment acting on intellectual functions. Clinical trials conducted by the Jérôme Lejeune Institute are financed by the Foundation.
A goal of the Foundation is to establish numerous partnerships with research laboratories, both nationally and internationally. It has several roles: to develop research programmes, support research teams working on the genetic illnesses of intellectual disability, make available research tools to the scientific community through the creation of platforms, conduct research on these illnesses, etc.