5th Annual Night of Art & Blues for LuMind

February 24th, 2017

@The Brick - 1145 Northside Blvd, South Bend

About Us

BE PART OF SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY

Background:

What do a Nobel laureate and researchers from Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Texas, and other leading institutions have in common?

They are part of a revolution in scientific research that has started blowing away previous conceptions about the prospects for helping people with Down syndrome. They are showing that we can improve the learning, awareness, memory, and communication challenges that can limit opportunities. In the last six years research has moved at an incredible pace to open new doors that have led to a new FDA trial, the support of leading government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and private foundations to chart a new path forward. 

How Far We Have Come

• Over the last 50 years, the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome improved tremendously, as a result of improved health care, expanded educational and community opportunities, and the support of families and advocacy groups 
• The life expectancy of people with Down syndrome has more than doubled, and respect and opportunities have substantially improved

Where We Are Going

• However, the exact mechanism by which Down syndrome influenced cognitive challenges remained unclear, hindering the development of medical therapies 
• At least three major advances have unlocked a new era of possibilities in the last ten years: the human genome project, a new mouse model, and new thinking about neuroplasticity in cognitive neuroscience
• Now scientists have uncovered a range of physiological differences in Down syndrome, influencing neuronal system development, neuronal transmissions, and the instructions necessary for neurons to “thrive” 
• Based on these advances, new work began with gusto and within just two or three years multiple labs had shown breakthrough success in massively improving learning, awareness, and memory in mice models
• This progress is now prompting researchers to change their questions from “Can this be done?” to “When?”

A limitation for this research is that because there has historically been little perceived opportunity, there has never been much funding going into this work. With the breakthroughs, this is starting to change. To help get things moving we have organized a group of supporters here at Notre Dame. Our group of supporters now numbers over 75 faculty, staff, administrators, and students from around the University, as well as many more volunteers from the local community! Together, we have been working for the last few months on planning this major event to raise money at Notre Dame. 

We are hosting the event at The Brick in South Bend. It is going to be a great night, with over 250 people, an open bar, lots of great food, live blues music, and a festive silent auction. We would love to have you be there to support us and have a great time. Our primary feature for the silent auction will be original high-quality art created by people with Down syndrome, often working directly with local artists. We also have a large number of other interesting items (e.g. a getaway on Lake Michigan, private dinner events, and many more) to bid on as well. 

All of the money we raise will support the LuMind Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization with an all-star scientific advisory board that directs money straight to the research labs that are making these breakthroughs.

Come join us!

The Brick @ 1145 Northside Blvd, South Bend
8:00 pm --- February 24th, 2017


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