part of World Down Syndrome Day, about 100 people participated in a conference
at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus on April 6, 2014, affording families of
patients with Down syndrome from all over Israel an opportunity to meet with
National Center for Down Syndrome on Mount Scopus, established 10 years ago
under the direction of Dr. Ariel Tenenbaum, was one of the hosts. Hadassah’s
Down syndrome center is a multidisciplinary, "one-stop shop" for
individuals with "Trisomy 21," the other name for Down syndrome,
indicating that those with the syndrome have three, rather than the usual pair,
of #21 chromosomes.
year’s conference zeroed in on the relationships within the family (parents,
siblings, and others) and issues of integration into the community. In
addition, Dr. Tenenbaum highlighted ongoing research projects at the Center and
the various initiatives under his leadership.
The concept for an annual conference about Down syndrome was initiated in 2006
by Balbir Singh of the Singapore Down Syndrome Association and Joav Merrick of
the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in Israel.
These annual conferences are a collaboration among Hadassah,
NICHD, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Municipality of Jerusalem, the
Jerusalem Down Syndrome Association (Yated), Keren Shalem, and the SHALVA
Center in Jerusalem.