Celebrating Down Syndrome Research: Sky’s the Limit

Categories: Blog, Ds Research, Events, News

STL Event Logo 500 sqOn May 21, 2016, our Seattle friends as well as friends as far as New York, Illinois, California, and Arizona helped to celebrate the best and brightest in people and organizations responsible for propelling Down syndrome cognition research.

We enjoyed a morning of research where 2016 honorees Dr. Michael Rafii and Dr. Roger Reeves joined our own Dr. Michael Harpold to give an update on the incredible work being done on Down syndrome cognition, especially preventing losses due to early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

In the evening, we honored the 2016 honorees at a formal gala. Congratulations to the wonderful people making a difference in Down syndrome research!

STL 2016 Honorees w KG
The 2016 Honorees: Dr. Roger Reeves, Dr. Michael Rafii, Dr. Karen Gaffney, Mary Costello-Lazare, Steve Lazare, and Terry AnCel.
  • Dr. David Cox Rising Star AwardDr. Michael Rafii, University of California, San Diego, for his work on the first clinical trial just started to study Alzheimer’s in adults with Ds.
  • Dr. William Cohen Researcher of Distinction AwardDr. Roger Reeves, Johns Hopkins University, for his strong research work, representing the discipline, and bringing several new researchers in the field through his consortium project.
  • Luminary AwardStephen Lazare, Mary Costello Lazare, and Anthony Providenti for a decade of work on the ROMP for Research in New York, raising almost $2 million for cognition research.
  • Founders’ AwardHayes Mechanical for their continued and growing golf events in support of Down syndrome cognition research. Terry AnCel, president of Hayes Mechanical will be accepting the award on behalf of the firm.

The keynote of the evening was a speech by Karen Gaffney, who talked about her journey and accomplishments as a person with Down syndrome and her fears about early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Enjoy the photos from the event and thank you to everyone who attended and made the night so special!