Who we are
We are a UK Registered Charity with International Links and a objective to improve the outcome for all people born with Trisomy 21 (T21) which is the cause of Down syndrome (DS), and the most common cause (at birth) of learning disability (mental handicap).
Trisomy 21 happens at conception. About 1 in 400 babies are concieved with three copies of chomosome 21. Read more about T21 in the FAQ section. People with T21 have very full, happy and active lives but most have some form of intellectual disability and increased rates of congential and some acquired conditions.
For many years scientists believed that it was impossible to do anything to treat or intervene medically to lessen the effects of T21 in the person's health and welbeing. The main reason for this was the fact that there are over 500 genes on chromosome 21. However exciting advances within the last 10 years have linked particular genes and biochemical pathways to the particular problems seen in T21.
What we are doing •••
Our latest research is our focus in Malta on the Mediterranean Diet
Breaking News: Thursday, July 17, 2013
UMMS scientists silence extra chromosome in Down syndrome cells
News: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Sanity prevails: US Supreme Court rules that human genes are not eligible for patent protection
MALTA Research Seminar - April 26/27, 2013
The DSRF-UK has organized and is funding this seminar to discuss the latest research and discoveries that will speed the design of safe new medicines to improve health and development for people of all ages who have Down syndrome.
to download the leaflet on the event.
A team of World renown researchers from the USA, the UK, Germany, and Israel will meet with the medical research team at the new EU Life Sciences Lab in Malta.
42 Cleveland Gardens, London, UK