Health

Behavioral Concerns in Down Syndrome

Maria Stanley, Medical Director, Waisman Center Clinics, looks at the broad range of possible underlying contributors, including underlying medical issues and environmental factors, when encountering the emergence of behavioral change in people with Down syndrome.

Skin Cells and Stem Cells to Study Down Syndrome

Anita Bhattacharyya, Senior Scientist, Waisman Center, UW-Madison, explores how human stem cells which have trisomy 21 provide an unparalleled way to study how the formation of the brain is different in people with Down syndrome. Stem cells can be made from the skin cells of individuals with Down syndrome and then turned into brain cells to study brain development.

Parents’ Long-term Impact on Adults with Down Syndrome

Marsha R. Mailick, Director, Waisman Center, UW-Madison, discusses the importance of family for healthy aging in adults with Down Syndrome. Mailick reports on the findings from a 22-year study of 75 adults with Down Syndrome and their families.

Cerebral Palsy: An Integrated Approach

Michael Ward, Program Director, Waisman Center Neuromotor Clinics, discusses ways that interdisciplinary clinical care can help people with cerebral palsy and their families maximize understanding and optimize choices for interventions through the lifespan.

A Population Perspective on Cerebral Palsy

Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, Chief, Developmental Disabilities Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides an overview of the of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Cerebral Palsy Network and reviews the latest findings on the number and characteristics of children living with cerebral palsy, including information on motor functioning and co-occurring conditions.

Monitoring and Supporting Children with Cerebral Palsy

Ruth Benedict, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, UW-Madison, provides an overview of the classification systems and assessment tools for determining functioning level of children with cerebral palsy. Benedict offers interventions to maximize function.

Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

Kim Petersen, M.D., Retired Geriatrician & Dementia Specialist, delves into the common physical and behavioral changes that occur with dementia and their causes. Petersen explains specific symptoms, what to look for and what to expect.

Tools for Assessing Dementia

Kim Petersen, M.D., Retired Geriatrician & Dementia Specialist, explains various tools used to assess dementia in patients. He looks at the Neuropsychiatric Inventory-NPI, Behave-AD, Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory, Geriatric Depression Scale and the Pain-AD.

Insights from Parasites

Laura Knoll, Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, UW-Madison, discusses immunotherapeutics, the targeted stimulation of an immune response to fight both infectious diseases and cancer. Knoll is developing novel immunotherapeutics by harnessing the natural ability of microbial proteins to stimulate immune responses.

Autism During Adolescence and Adulthood

Leann Smith, Assistant Clinical Professor, Waisman Center Investigator, shares results from the Adolescents and Adults with Autism study as it relates to approaches for intervention for high school students on the autism spectrum as they transition into adulthood.

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