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Dr. Brian Skotko Parent Session: Brain Train

  • Waisman Center 1500 Highland Ave Madison, WI 53705 (map)

Skotko Parent Session: Brain Train

Presented by Dr. Brian Skotko, MD, MPP

Please join MADSS, the Waisman Center, and the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin as we host a Parent Session with Dr. Skotko in Madison! Our Madison Parent Session will be all about how to train the brain. This parent session is FREE!

WHEN: Friday, July 26th, 10am-11am

WHERE: Waisman Center - session held in the Wiley Conference Room (1500 Highland Ave, Madison, WI 53705)

About the Session:
Two of the most common, yet challenging, questions that Dr. Skotko is asked by caregivers: (1) How can you prevent Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome? (2) How might we boost their cognition? While exciting research is unfolding in laboratories across the world, there are strategies that caregivers can take right now in respect to these two questions. In this presentation, Dr. Skotko reveals his recommendations, which must meet all of the following criteria: (a) supported, in part, by quality science, (b) have practical applications for home, (c) be adaptable to people with Down syndrome, and (d) pose no risk to people with Down syndrome. This is not a presentation on how best to educate people with Down syndrome. This is not a presentation about supplements or nutraceuticals. Instead, Dr. Skotko provides a set of actions that caregivers can take that might improve the long-term wellness for their loved one with Down syndrome. Attendees will come away with immediate steps that can be implemented in their homes.


Brian Skotko, M.D., M.P.P.
is a Board-certified medical geneticist and the Emma Campbell Endowed Chair on Down Syndrome at Massachusetts General Hospital.  As the Director of the hospital’s Down Syndrome Program, he has dedicated his professional energies toward children with cognitive and development disabilities. He co-authored the national award-winning books, Common Threads: Celebrating Life with Down Syndrome and Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters. He is a graduate of Duke University, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard Kennedy School, and he is currently an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Skotko is  a leader on clinical and translational research about Down syndrome. He has been featured in The Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesThe Washington PostThe L.A. Times, NPR’s “On Point,” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Dr. Skotko has a sister with Down syndrome and serves on the Honorary Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.

Register by Wednesday, July 24th.

Earlier Event: July 25
Rock: MADSS Mom's Night Out
Later Event: August 5
MADSS Mom's Take 5