The International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association is a non-profit organization, working to support individuals and families affected by mosaic Down syndrome by pursuing research opportunities and increasing awareness in the medical, educational and public communities throughout the world. In supporting studies on mosaic Down syndrome (mDs) and Down syndrome (Ds), IMDSA is pleased to offer a $1,000 research scholarship to Master’s level or higher-students for mosaic Down syndrome or related projects.
Applications will be accepted until March 31st, 2013 and awardees will be selected within one month of the application deadline. Topics for research are not limited to mDs, but can include studies on individual clinical features of mDs (ie. atrioventricular septal defects, autism, thyroid disorders). Chosen students may gain access to members of IMDSA for use in their research upon request. All studies involving IMDSA families require IRB approval. Scholarship funding is to be used at the awardee’s discretion for research expenses. Awardees may also apply for an additional $250.00 travel scholarship to fly to and from our biennial conference to collect and present data, and network with families of IMDSA. The next conference will be July 12th-14th, 2013 in San Antonio, TX. Exceptional projects can apply for a scholarship renewal the next year. At the culmination of the funding period (1 year), awardees are expected to submit a brief report on the progress made in their research which can be replaced by a journal publication authored by the awardee.
You can stay up to date on this and other activities of IMDSA by visiting our website http://www.imdsa.org. Also available on our website is a list of principle investigators looking for students to carry out research projects on MDs.
See below for the scholarship application. Application material and questions should be directed to:
Candidates must meet the following criteria:
Applications will be reviewed using the following guidelines:
Relevance to mosaic Down syndrome: Research is targeted to better understanding the scientific nature of mosaic Down syndrome and/or present novel methods in which families can care for members affected by mosaic Down syndrome.
Scientific merit: Research to be conducted is scientifically feasible, with a clear experimental direction and overall objective.
Promote awareness: Beyond scientific contributions, the study should raise scientific or medical community awareness of mosaic Down syndrome.
Submission deadline: March 31, 2013
Selection date: April, 2013