The U.S. will soon have a new facility to research various medical problems, including Down syndrome.
Jérôme Lejeune is the French scientist who discovered the extra chromosome people with Down syndrome carry. A major research hospital was established in his name.
"The Jérôme Lejeune Institute is based primarily in Paris, but we are expanding now to the United States," reports Keith Mason, spokesman for The Jérôme Lejeune Foundation USA. "In Paris it's the largest facility that cares for individuals with Down syndrome, and they actually have the largest biobank from which they do research projects, and they fund research from around the world."
The Institute has long crossed the Atlantic for research scientists' assistance, but now some of that work will be done in America.
"So for the first time, we will have a bridge to all of the research and access to the care that happens in Paris, and we will be part of a significant healthcare system here in the United States," Mason says. "We're looking to open this new facility in May of 2020 in Ann Arbor, Michigan."
The hospital will focus on providing medical care and scientific research, and it will also advocate for those with Down syndrome and other genetic disorders.