Dana Alliance member Julie Korenberg, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor of pediatrics and the director of the Center for Integrated Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of Utah. She is an internationally recognized leader in human and molecular genetics and has dedicated her career to understanding the genetic underpinnings of Down syndrome and Williams syndrome, advancing development of better treatments and prevention methods.
As Down Syndrome Awareness Month winds down, Korenberg spoke about the past, present, and future of the most common chromosomal disorder, a condition that affects about one in every 700 babies.
What got you interested in researching Down syndrome?
I was an intensely curious child, fascinated with the universe and the magic of the body. I went to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, for my Ph.D. in the 1970s and it changed my life. Through my work there, I thought that the insights from flies and plants would, with a few twists, provide keys to humans.