The Global Down Syndrome Foundation announced the roster of authors for the second edition of the first evidence-based GLOBAL Medical Care Guidelines for Adults with Down Syndrome, which will include a sleep apnea addition. 

The first edition was published in JAMA in October 2020 and is comprised of free checklists/toolkits, a family-friendly version, and translations into Spanish and Japanese. The fourteen authors include Down syndrome experts and the directors of the largest adult Down syndrome clinics in the US. Global Down Syndrome Foundation has also recruited an additional twenty-one volunteer committee members representing additional Down syndrome medical expertise.

The GLOBAL Adult Guideline Second Edition will provide new clinician guidance in the area of sleep apnea, along with eye/vision care, solid tumors, leukemia, and physical therapy and fitness. The nine medical topics covered in the first edition (behavior, dementia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, osteoporosis, atlantoaxial instability, thyroid disease, and celiac disease) will also be updated. GLOBAL, along with an international advisory committee, is working to ensure that a family-friendly version, checklists/toolkits, and multiple language versions will be published shortly thereafter.

“We are so pleased to be able to expand this important resource for our adults with Down syndrome,” says Bryn Gelaro, senior director of research and medical care at GLOBAL, in a release. “The work can be very difficult given the lack of historical research, but creating a five- to six-year cycle where we can dependably update new editions of this guideline is so rewarding. It is also an honor to be working with our brilliant authors and medical committee members.”

The authors in alphabetical order are:

  1. Peter Bulova, MD – Professor of Medicine; Medical Director, University of Pittsburgh Adult Down Syndrome Center; Co-Director, Magee Center for Women with Disabilities, University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine, Pittsburg
  2. George Capone, MD – Associate Professor of Pediatrics; Director, Down Syndrome Clinic and Research Center, Medical Director, Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore
  3. Brian Chicoine, MD – Medical Director and Co-Founder, Advocate Medical Group Adult Down Syndrome Center, Park Ridge, Ill
  4. Joaquín Espinosa, PhD – Executive Director, Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colo
  5. Terry Harville, MD, PhD, D(ABMLI), D(ABHI) – Professor of Internal Medicine, in the Division of Hematology/Oncology; Medical Director, HLA and Histocompatibility Laboratory; Medical Director, Immunogenetics and Transplantation Laboratory, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Ark
  6. Christine Heubi, MD – Surgical Director, Complex Obstructive Sleep Apnea Center; Assistant Professor, UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  7. Barry Martin, MD – Associate Professor of General Internal Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Clinic at Denver Health, Denver, Colo  
  8. Emily McCourt, MD – Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology; Vice Chair of Pediatric Ophthalmology; The Ponzio Family Chair for Pediatric Ophthalmology, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, Colo
  9. Lina Patel, PsyD – Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Director of the Down Syndrome Behavioral Health Collaborative, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colo
  10. Moya Peterson, PhD, ARNP – Clinical Professor, School of Nursing; Co-founder and Medical Director, Adults with Down Syndrome Specialty Clinic, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kans
  11. Michael Puente Jr, MD – Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; Director of Medical Student Education, Aurora, Colo
  12. Mike Rafii, MD, PhD – Professor of Clinical Neurology; Medical Director of the Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute; Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials Consortium – Down Syndrome Principal Investigator, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif
  13. Carl Tyler, MD – Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; Executive Board, American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, Cleveland, Ohio
  14. Anna White, MD – Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics; Medical Director, Street Medicine Pitt, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburg

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