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Award honours Down syndrome partnership

January 8, 2009

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Thanks in large part to SFU’s support, the Down Syndrome Research Foundation (DSRF) has received a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Partnership award acknowledging the foundation’s partnerships with universities and medical institutions.

DSRF director Dawn Kenna says the university was instrumental in the success of two capital campaigns to create the foundation’s unique centre and research lab, and in helping to foster international research collaborations.

The Burnaby facility has the only state-of-the-art magnetoencephalography (MEG) brain-imaging unit in western Canada and several SFU faculty members use it in behavioural and electrophysiological research.

A new study of pain in pre-term infants involves SFU professor emeritus Hal Weinberg, who is collaborating on the U.S. National Institute of Health-funded ($1.25 million) project. SFU is also working with the DSRF in a program to foster social-emotional growth in infants with Down syndrome.

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