The third International Conference of T21RS hold from 6th to 9th of June 2019 in Barcelona brought together a total of 429 scientists, families, and industry representatives from 36 countries.
167 posters were presented from which 65 had the opportunity to present also a short talk or a nano-symposium, four plenary lectures, 3 satellite symposium, 14 symposia (70 talks), an Industry session, Education Committee Session, and the Science and Society Symposium.
Top experts on Down syndrome (DS) and young researchers in the field presented and discussed their results, allowing all to share knowledge and creating a fertile environment for collaboration and innovation. Beside the 14 scientific sessions focused on specific areas of research, daily plenary lectures gave a more in-depth look into a range of topics. Stylianos Antonarakis (University of Geneva, CH) talked about the genetics of human chromosome 21. Wieland Huttner (Max Planck Institute, GER) discussed how the morphology of basal progenitor cells influences neocortex development. Li-Huei Tsai (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) spoke about the potential for using g-waves to modify the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. André Strydom (King’s College London, UK) gave an update on the results obtained from the LonDownS Consortium. During a session on the ethics of using different types of models, a panel of professors discussed with the audience the pros and cons of mouse models versus induced pluripotent stem cells.
In addition to the science, events like ‘Family Day’ and ‘Meet the Scientist’ put scientists together with people with DS and their families, thus enabling both worlds to interact. Finally, the social program also offered a wide range of entertainment in which the protagonists were people with DS such as the photography project ‘I am able”, the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ or a concert.