Our Partners

North Texas Eye Research Institute

North Texas Eye Research Institute (NTERI) exists to prevent, treat, and find cures for eye disorders. The organization has performed and provided clinical research, education, and clinical care for the past 20 years.

NTERI Executive Director Dimitrios Karamichos, BEng, MSc, Ph.D., is a renowned scientist focusing on interdisciplinary and collaborative corneal research. His research uncovers a deep understanding of diseases and therapies.

DownSyndrome Achieves completed the delivery of 100 blood plasma and serum samples for an NIH-funded R21 study on keratoconus for the North Texas Eye Research Institute. Read more about it here.

UCI School of Medicine

The UCI School of Medicine (Irvine, California) is ranked one of the top 50 U.S. medical schools for research by U.S. News & World Report. UCI’s mission is to advance the field of medical knowledge and clinical practice.

Down Syndrome Biobank Consortium

Comprised of nine research groups, this consortium focuses on Down syndrome research as it pertains specifically to Alzheimer’s disease in those living with Down syndrome. The consortium hopes to unlock key findings surrounding trisomy 21 so those with Down syndrome can live healthier lives.

DS Biome

DS Biome is a parent-led research initiative uniting the Down syndrome community with scientists and clinicians from University College Cork (Ireland). DS Biome focuses exclusively on studying the microbiota of people living with Down syndrome.

Cincinnati Children’s

Established in 1883, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (Ohio) is one of the oldest and most distinguished pediatric hospitals in the United States. Its mission is to improve children’s health through globally recognized research.

Cincinnati Children’s was ranked #3 among Honor Roll hospitals in the U.S. News and World Report 2022-2023 Best Children’s Hospitals. It serves as the national central location for the DSA Biobank, where biospecimens are collected and donated by individuals living with Down syndrome and their immediate family members.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth is one of the nation’s top academic medical centers focused on research ranging from forensic identification to Alzheimer’s disease.

Its six schools include:

Lee Specialty Clinic

The Lee Specialty Clinic (Kentucky) aims to improve the health and quality of life of patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Its services include:

  • Developmental Medicine
  • Developmental Dentistry
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech and Language Pathology
  • Behavioral Analysis
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Ophthalmology
  • Podiatry
  • Audiology
  • Nutrition
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