Research Goals

Our primary goal is to learn more about the cause of Down syndrome and its related medical problems. Through our current research, we hope to uncover new information about:

  • What causes an extra chromosome 21 to be packaged into an egg or sperm?
  • Are there any important factors in a person's history that may increase the chance for having a child with Down syndrome?
  • How does the age of a woman influence the behavior of chromosomes during the formation of an egg?
  • What genetic and/or environmental variants play a role in the susceptibility of specific medical problems associated with Down syndrome? Where can we intervene to reduce the occurrence of these medical problems.