How You Can Participate

The Emory Down Syndrome Project

Contact: Helen Smith
Email: hsmith@genetics.emory.edu
Telephone: 404-778-8477

Participating children must have Down syndrome (trisomy 21) and must be under the age of 18, and both biological mother and father must be able to participate.

Participation involves the following for each family:

  • The mother participates in a telephone interview that takes about 45 minutes.
  • Both parents and the child with Down syndrome donate a small blood sample or saliva sample. Children's blood can be collected in conjunction with a medically necessary blood draw.
  • We ask parents for permission to obtain their child's medical records to check for any of the medical problems often seen in individuals with Down syndrome.

The Study of Down Syndrome and Congenital Heart Defects

Contact:  Tracie Rosser
Email: trosser@emory.edu
Telephone: 404-778-8474

Participating children must have Down syndrome, have a complete atrioventricular septal defect (or AV Canal) OR a structurally normal heart (PFO or PDA ok), and must be under the age of 18. The biological mother must be able to participate and the biological fathers are encouraged to participate.

Participation involves these steps:

  • We ask parents for permission to obtain their child's medical records to check for any of the medical problems often seen in individuals with Down syndrome.
  • We interview the mother by telephone. The interview takes about 45 minutes.
  • Parents are asked to donate a saliva sample and a small blood sample is collected from the child with Down syndrome.

The Cognition Study

Contact: Tracie Rosser
Email: trosser@emory.edu
Telephone: 404-778-8474

Participating children must have Down syndrome and be between the ages of 11 and 18. The biological mother must be able to participate and the biological fathers are encouraged to participate.

Participation involves these steps:

  • We ask parents for permission to obtain their child's medical records to check for any of the medical problems often seen in individuals with Down syndrome.
  • We interview the mother by telephone. The interview takes about 45 minutes.
  • Parents are asked to donate a saliva sample and a small blood sample is collected from the child with Down syndrome.
  • The child will participate in cognitive testing on two occasions with each testing session lasting about 2.5 hours.
  • Parents will complete a few questionnaires on their child's behavior and everyday skills.