Down Syndrome Research Forum 2023

The Down Syndrome Research Forum 2022 will be held online on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th April 2023 and is hosted by Down Syndrome Education International.

The Down Syndrome Research Forum is a regular international event where researchers, students, practitioners, and families meet to discuss current research and practice, and learn from each other. Once again, the forum will be held online following previous success, and for the convenience of attendees and presenters. We welcome presentations of research work (including work in progress) and presentations from practitioners who may wish to share their experiences of using particular interventions or service models.

Presenters will be asked to present their work to attendees in live sessions delivered over video-call. All sessions will be recorded to enable participants who are unable to attend the live sessions to access content later.

The keynotes this year are:

  • Working memory in Down syndrome: Causes and consequences, Professor Chris Jarrold, University of Bristol, UK.
  • Speech development in children with Down syndrome - significance and interventions, Professor Emerita Carol Stoel-Gammon, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

If you are new to the Forum see the dedicated page for further details.

We hope you will join us in April - the Forum grows each year and is a great place to make links.

Please pass on to colleagues who may wish to join us.

Information for Presenters

If you would like to present at this year’s Forum, please submit an abstract to by March 4th, 2023. We welcome individual paper submissions and suggestions for symposia if you wish to organize one. The duration of each individual presentation is approximately 20 minutes (including 5 minutes for questions). Symposia should consist of 3 or 4 individual papers organized around a clear theme.

Abstracts for individual papers: Abstracts for individual papers (max. 300 words) should include: (i) the title, (ii) names of all authors (with institutional affiliations where appropriate), (iii) email address of first author, and (iv) a summary of your presentation. Summaries for research talks should include: background, research question(s), method, results, and conclusion.

Abstracts for symposia: Abstracts for symposia should include a symposia abstract (max. 300 words) and an abstract for each individual paper in the symposia (as above). The symposia abstract should include: (i) Name(s) of organizer(s), presenters, and the discussant and their e-mail addresses, institutional affiliation(s); (ii) Title of the symposium; (iv) Aim(s) of the symposium and a summary of the contribution of each presentation.

The Committee will review abstracts and confirm submissions by March 25th, 2023. The full program will be published by 1st April, 2023.