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The second ICOD symposium will take place in Madrid in 2023 at Hospital Universitario de la Princesa on the occasion of the World Down syndrome Day (March 21st)

The ICOD project (Improving COgnition in Down syndrome), funded by European Union, aims to improve the cognitive impairment of individuals with Down syndrome with a first-in-class new pharmacological treatment (AEF0217) specifically designed to this end. The project was launched in February 2021 and a first ICOD symposium was held in Troina, Italy, on the occasion of the World Down syndrome Day 2022 with a strong participation of DS families.

The second ICOD symposium will take place in Madrid in 2023 at Hospital Universitario de la Princesa on the occasion of the World Down syndrome Day (March 21st). The symposium will be specifically dedicated to increase the knowledge about innovative therapeutic approaches to cognitive deficits in DS. Face-to-face interaction and active discussions between families, associations of individuals with Down syndrome and researchers involved in the ICOD project will be promoted, as well as with other researchers working in the field of Down syndrome.

This event will be designed in close cooperation with the European Down syndrome Association (EDSA) and associations of each participating European country in the ICOD project; in particular with Spanish Down syndrome organizations (Down España, Fundación Down Madrid, Down Catalunya, Fundació Catalana síndrome de Down among others), Federation Trisomie 21 France, Association Française pour la Recherche sur la Trisomie 21, Italian Down syndrome organizations (AIPD and Coordown) and the Italian Task Force for DS.

Positive Phase 1 results with the drug candidate AEF0217

The 10th of August a relevant article was published in Italy on the famous weekly journal Panorama describing the aims and objectives of the ICOD project and the possible impact on people with Down syndrome in terms of autonomy and social inclusion. The article sparked an interesting debate with DS families on the ICOD Facebook page.

The 21st of September from 6.30 to 8.30 PM, Prof. Filippo Caraci has met in Catania (Auditorium San Luigi Gonzaga) an association of 50 DS families- Futuro 21- (President A. Sciatà)as a follow-up of the ICOD symposium in Troina (21-3-2022) to give further informations and updates to DS families on the ICOD project and the next coming steps such as the NIUS study. The NIUS study will start to evaluate the novel approach for the evaluation of cognitive symptoms adopted in the ICOD project https://www.facebook.com/events/3260166457597397

The NIUS study in the context of the ICOD project: informations for families

ICOD symposium 2022: a wonderful day for all of us !!
DS individuals and DS families have directly interacted with ICOD researchers and all together we have closed the EU symposium !!

Pictures from Symposium

The Kickoff meeting of the ICOD project was held on the 19th of February 2021.

The second Scientific Meeting of the ICOD project will was held on the 12th of July 2021.

The first ICOD Communication Board was held on the 9th of March 2021.

The second ICOD Communication Board was held on the 12nd of May 2021.

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