Our Vision

Recognized global leader in funding a comprehensive portfolio of research to meaningfully improve memory, cognition, and independence in individuals with Down syndrome.

The mission of the LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation is to stimulate biomedical research that will accelerate the development of treatments to significantly improve cognition, including memory, learning and speech, for individuals with Down Syndrome.

Four Scientific Research Categories

Prevent Alzheimer onset | Improve cognition | Develop gene therapies | Advance understanding

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How Your Donation Helps

Cognition research offers opportunities for people of all ages with Down syndrome. Your support is essential to finding safe, effective therapies to improve cognition and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease within the Ds community. Your gift is crucial to furthering these breakthroughs.

By the Numbers

Down syndrome in our community and the world.

US Statistics


The number persons with Down syndrome in the US

Worldwide Numbers


Estimated number of people with Down syndrome worldwide

Dollars per person


The amount of private research dollars spent in the US in 2015 per diagnosed person with Down syndrome

LuMind RDS News

Hampus Hillerstrom, New LuMind RDS President and CEO Has Strong Connections to Down Syndrome Research

Hampus brings for-profit drug development expertise, science understanding and a personal passion to lead the organization’s expansion Marlborough, MA – [September 7, 2017] – LuMind™ Research Down Syndrome Foundation (LuMind RDS) announced today that Hampus Hillerstrom, the Board Vice Chair, has been appointed the organization’s next President and Chief Executive Officer. Hillerstrom joins LuMind from the …

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LuMind RDS was “Livin’ the Dream” with Family at 2017 NDSC in Sacramento

#2017NDSC — Best. Family. Reunion. Ever. We randomly asked people at the Annual National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) Convention “What draws you and thousands of other people from across the globe to this gathering?” and the top answer was “It’s the best and biggest family reunion!” Whether you are new or a familiar face year after year, you’re …

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LuMind RDS Awards $1.64 Million to Fund Ten Ground-breaking Down Syndrome Research Projects at Top Institutions

New Awards Broaden Funding to New Academic Research Partners Marlborough, MA – July 17, 2017 – LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation (LuMind RDS) awards $1,639,000 through 2018 to fund ten Down syndrome research projects in world-renowned Down syndrome research centers and to further develop a research pipeline in Four Scientific Research Categories: 1) Prevent Alzheimer …

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What people are saying about us.

“I never thought I would be in a position to say, ‘We are going to take therapies forward to directly treat Down syndrome.’ Now I think that is the case. We really are in the early stages of a revolution in understanding the basis for many of the features that occur in Down syndrome.”

Dr. Roger Reeves, Johns Hopkins