Greetings and salutations from T21RS! I am excited to announce that we are approaching the time for the 4th International Conference of the Trisomy 21 Research Society. We will meet on Thursday the 9th through Sunday the 12th of June 2022 in Long Beach, California. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this in-person meeting!
The mission of T21RS is to provide a distinguished forum for communicating and advancing preclinical and clinical research on Down syndrome. It seeks to ensure that advances in understanding of the biology of Down syndrome are translated into interventions that promote health and wellbeing. The meeting in Long Beach is our next opportunity to showcase the important work of the Society and to support the person-to-person interactions for sharing ideas and for planning new research activities. Thus, as we exit the pandemic we can again celebrate the ability to connect with one another and to sketch the future of research and care for those with Down syndrome.
We expect to host more than 200 delegates from across the world. Our Local Organizing Committee (link: https://t21rs2022.com/organizing-committee/) headed by Drs Elizabeth Head and Jorge Busciglio has committed countless hours to organize the meeting. The Scientific Programme Committee has prepared an intriguing program that offers many opportunities to share recent advances and to engage both colleagues and advocates. The result is a program that will powerfully engage the researchers and to build linkages between scientists, clinicians, and advocates.
Pre-meeting Satellites will allow attendees to discuss challenges in research in Down syndrome. A terrific series of plenary lectures delivered by esteemed colleagues Drs Mara Dierssen, Elizabeth Fisher, Evan Eichler, and Montserrat Trueta Awardee Dr. Ira Lott will serve to define the state-of-the-art in research and care for those with Down syndrome. Intertwined with the Plenary Session excellent scientific sessions will cover the full spectrum of research in Down syndrome. Meetings to discuss research funding opportunities will be held. Blitz presentations by our young investigators will be a featured event. Posters reporting the latest and greatest work will on display throughout the meeting. The popular Science and Society session, a unique opportunity to discuss our field with patient and family associations, clinicians, and researchers from very different and complementary backgrounds, will be held on Saturday morning followed by our Gala Dinner and Awards on Saturday evening. Sunday morning will feature the announcement of our Ph.D. thesis awardees before our Closing Ceremony.
Forging links between those who engage in research and care with those they care for will inform Society efforts and enable them to be even more impactful. The meeting provides opportunities to engage in this important dialogue and to highlight the amazing accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. Toward this goal, in addition to the Science and Society session, we are planning a virtual session during the meeting at which time we hope to initiate this dialogue.