The DSA Biobank is currently partnering with the following researchers and actively recruiting participants interested in supporting these studies. Please email dsabiobank@cchmc.org for more information and to learn more about how you may participate in one of these studies.

1. General Recruitment for the following sample types:

  • Blood

WHO: The DSA Biobank is actively accepting participants who:

  • Have been diagnosed with Down syndrome (T21), Mosaic, or Translocation Down syndrome.
  • Are biological family members, parent or sibling, of a loved one with Down syndrome (T21), Mosaic, or Translocation Down syndrome. 

This is a general recruitment protocol meaning we are collecting samples from participants for future research studies.  Samples will be processed and stored into our Biobank.

Participants will be asked to complete a health questionnaire and may submit a sample through one of the following mechanisms:

A) In Person: individuals in the Cincinnati area may visit the Cincinnati Children’s Schubert Clinic after scheduling an appointment with dsabiobank@cchmc.org.  

B) In your Home: Individuals age 14 and older from across the United States may email dsabiobank@cchmc.org to be scheduled for a specialist to come to your home and conduct a blood draw.  Participants are asked to email dsabiobank@cchmc.org for more information. 

2. The Investigation of Keratoconus

Keratoconus is an eye disease that affect the cornea.  Participants are being asked to donate a blood sample so researchers may further understand the impact and progression of this disease in people with Down syndrome. 

WHO: Participants must be 16 years of age, have Down syndrome (T21), and consent to participation in this study.  

Participants will be asked to complete a health questionnaire and may submit a sample through one of the following mechanisms:

A) In Person: individuals in the Cincinnati area may visit the Cincinnati Children’s Clinic after scheduling an appointment with dsabiobank@cchmc.org.  

B) In your Home: Individuals from across the United States may email dsabiobank@cchmc.org to be scheduled for a specialist to come to your home and conduct a blood draw.  Participants are asked to email dsabiobank@cchmc.org for more information. 

This study supports the work of Dr. Karamichos whom is a research at the University of North Texas.  https://www.unthsc.edu/north-texas-eye-research-institute/dimitrios-karamichos-phd/ 

Please email dsabiobank@cchmc.org for further information.