Biobank Poised to Transform Down syndrome Research

Biospecimens are stored in special freezers at minus 80 degrees Celsius to ensure their preservation and usefulness for many years. (Cincinnati Children’s)

A first-of-its-kind effort is underway to collect biological samples from people with Down syndrome in a bid to improve care and outcomes for those with chromosomal disorder.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the research advocacy group DownSyndrome Achieves said they are launching the DSA Biobank to provide a central repository for biological specimens from individuals with Down syndrome and their immediate families.

The biobank is the first in the Down syndrome field to “catalog, store and openly share biosamples and associated health data for study,” according to those behind the project, which has been years in the making.

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