The blogging begins...

Posted 6:45 PM, August 12, 2010, by wetmore

Hello and welcome to the new and improved Innovations in Neurodevelopmental Disorders blog -- also known as the official blog of the Stanford Down Syndrome Research Center. Follow this blog to learn about the latest research in Down syndrome at Stanford and read our thoughts on publications of interest.

To get things going, I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Dan Wetmore. My official title here at Stanford is a mouthful: I am the Neuro-innovation and Translational Neurosciences Fellow at the Stanford SINTN Institute. What this really means is that I work with Prof. Craig Garner (lab website) and the Down Syndrome Research Center to help develop and evaluate potential drug therapies for intellectual disability associated with Down syndrome and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

One reason I began working with Craig and others in the DS Research Center is due to a personal connection. My Aunt Amy has Down syndrome and is an important part of our family. Perhaps in a future post I'll write about how she (forcefully) encouraged my wife and I to get married. Here is a picture of the two of us from some years ago -- and a more recent picture of myself:


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Before becoming a fellow in this group, I was an undergrad in New York City, a researcher in Cambridge, England and Boston, and a PhD student hear at Stanford. When I'm not thinking about neuroscience, I play soccer, provide free labor for my wife's garden, and root for my hometown baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals.

I have had grand designs for many months to keep the content here new, fresh, and updated, but I must admit that other tasks here on campus have been keeping us busy. Now I'm ready for a proper 21st century contribution of blog-based idea-streaming. Let's see how I do!

Add this blog to your RSS feed (by clicking the 'Subscribe to RSS' link to the right), and if you haven't already done so 'Like' us on Facebook (link) and follow us on Twitter (link).

Please spread the word about our content here, and don't hesitate to contact me with questions, topics, or scientific publications you'd like discussed and explained.

Our relationship with the community of those interested in Down syndrome is important and works both ways. We believe that part of our mission is to communicate our findings and other relevant neuroscience insights to the DS community. And without financial philanthropic support from the DS community, our research programs would grind to a halt!

Thanks for your support. More soon...

Comments

It's terrible, but between all my other activities and our Down syndrome advocacy group, I neglected to subscribe to this blog when I first saw it. I have now.

We at Caroline & Friends are an organization whose sole purpose is to advocate for individuals with DS and to educate others, especially people who are facing a diagnosis of DS in their newborn. We had HORRIBLE information that was at least ten, fifteen years old given to us by the regional hospital when our daughter was born. We fortunately met with enlightened doctors at the Medical University of South Carolina who pointed us along a much brighter path.

There are tons of "support groups" out there for families affected by DS; they do an excellent job and meet a need, but what we found was that the information they were sharing in each group was pretty much what the people in that group had experimented with or had been given. There wasn't a concerted effort to identify best practices, cutting edge therapies, etc. and share them on a more global scale. This is what we are trying to do (in between our day jobs). We have linked to you all and ask you to keep us apprised of anything of interest, and we will link to it and point it out to people. Our e-mail is included and you can check out our site as well. Good luck with your research and we will be reading. Get back to work!

Mick Mayers

P.S. Thanks for what you are doing!

Comment by: Mick Mayers at October 21, 2010 7:20 PM

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