Research Study at King’s College

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We have been asked by King’s College London to share information about a study that will look into cognitive functions of adults with Down Syndrome, below is the full details and if you are interested or have any questions, Geoff will gladly pass on any details or email the address at the bottom of the page.

“We are recruiting adults with Down Syndrome for a longitudinal study exploring differences in cognitive functions in people with Down Syndrome. People with Down Syndrome often differ between one another in their cognitive abilities. These abilities include attention, task planning, memory, language and co-ordination of movements. We are collecting data from a large number of individual with Down Syndrome, and why some people with Down Syndrome develop Alzheimer’s disease and others do not. This research project aims to improve the care and treatment of individuals with Down Syndrome, and inform the development of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

“Participants who choose to participate will take part in a few games – some of these will be on a touchscreen computer tablet. We will also check their blood pressure and general physical health and take a blood sample for genetic and biomarker analysis.

“A relative or carer will be asked to complete a few questionnaires about the participant’s medical history and physical and psychological wellbeing.”

“The assessment will last approximately 3 hours.”

“The assessment will be arranged at a time and place that is convenient for the participants. This may include their home or their local day centre or other suitable location. We will reimburse any travel expenses for participants or carers if they are able to travel to King’s College London.”

“Inclusion criteria:

  1. Down Syndrome diagnosis
  2. Aged 16 years or older
  3. Able to understand simple instructions and do simple puzzles or games”

If you are interested in taking part or would like more information about this study, please contact Marie, Fedal, Debbie or Sarah (downsyndrome@kcl.ac.uk) or on 020 7836 5454 (ext 3598).