History of Down Syndrome - Medical Care & Research

A timeline that shows changes in medical care and research related to Down Syndrome.

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical care, Education and Advocacy. Formally established in 2009, the Foundation’s primary focus is to support the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, the first academic home in the United States committed solely to research and medical care for people with Down syndrome. Since Down syndrome is the least-funded genetic condition in the United States, fundraising and government advocacy to correct the alarming disparity of national funding for people with Down syndrome is a major goal.

1838-07-01 00:00:00

First document describes people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

1866-01-01 00:00:00

Down first uses the term "mongoloid"

1876-10-28 05:48:23

"Premature senility" linked to Down syndrome

1929-05-01 00:00:00

Life expectancy only 9 years old

1932-05-01 00:00:00

Non-disjunction suggested cause of Down syndrome

1946-05-01 00:00:00

Spock suggests institutionalization

1948-08-09 00:40:24

Association between Alzheimer's and Down syndrome

1950-08-09 00:40:24

Amniocentesis developed

1959-08-09 00:40:24

Chromosomal abnormality discovered

1960-08-09 00:40:24

First amniocentesis is used

History of Down Syndrome - Medical Care & Research

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