Bills call for increase in funding for Down Syndrome research

Two new bills introduced in the Senate on Thursday call for a significant increase in federal research funding for Down Syndrome.

A young girl with blonde hair and glasses who has Down Syndrome
Research Dollars Sought

The bills call for $6 million annually to create six national centers for studying Down Syndrome. They also call for the National Institute of Health to maintain a Down Syndrome research plan.

Though more than 400,000 people have Down Syndrome nationwide, it has traditionally received far less federal research funding than many other well known developmental disorders.

“Virtually all of us know someone — a friend, a family member or a colleague — that has been touched by Down Syndrome. Yet despite its prevalence, research on Down Syndrome has failed to keep pace with the research for other common genetic conditions, like autism and epilepsy,” said one of the bill’s cosponsors Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, in a Disability Scoop article. “These two bills will help expand and coordinate federal support for Down syndrome research.”

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is the other cosponsor of the bills.  A similar bill was introduced in the House this past summer by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-WA.


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