Down Syndrome: Waisman Resources

More than 400,000 individuals in the United States have Down syndrome, or trisomy 21–a chromosomal condition caused by an extra 21st chromosome. Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. Approximately one in every 733 babies is born with Down syndrome each year.

Waisman Down Syndrome News

Down Syndrome Researchers

Anita Bhattacharyya, PhD
Assistant Professor, Cell & Regenerative Biology

Brad T. Christian, PhD
Professor, Medical Physics & Psychiatry

Sigan Hartley, PhD
Associate Professor, Human Development & Family Studies

Marsha R. Mailick, PhD
Vice Chancellor Emeritus for Research & Graduate Education

Maria Stanley, MD
Medical Director, Waisman Clinics
Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Audra Sterling, PhD
Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Houri Vorperian, PhD
Senior Scientist

Daifeng Wang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics & Medical Informatics, Computer Sciences

Our Partners

The Waisman Center works in collaboration with community partners to serve the Down Syndrome community through outreach and training.

Madison Area Down Sydndrome Society


Gigi's playhouse


Resources & Services

Waisman Resource Center
For more information about Waisman Resource Center please contact:
800-532-3321 or 608-265-8610

Research Participation 800.965.9205; 608.263.5192;
The Waisman Center’s Research Registry links individuals and families to research projects at the Waisman Center. The Waisman Center maintains a confidential registry of families and individuals who would like to be contacted about upcoming research projects. Enrollment in the Research Registry does not obligate an individual or family to participate in any study.

Waisman Resource Center 800.532.321; 800.265.8610;
The Waisman Resource Center provides free and confidential information and assistance to families and care providers of children with special health care needs. The Waisman Resource Center is staffed full time by a team of professionals in the fields of social work and education, and with experience in a variety of disability-related areas.
Advancing knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases

Community Outreach for Children with Challenging Behaviors 608.265.9438;
Community Training, Intervention and Evaluations Services (TIES) is an outreach program for children and adults with developmental disabilities who present various challenging behaviors, including withdrawal, aggression and self-injury. The mission of Community TIES is to address behavioral, psychological, and emotional needs using therapeutic approaches that insure continued participation in the community. TIES provides counseling, crisis response, psychiatric consultation, parent education and support, and training for personnel and program consultation in local human service agencies. Directed by Josh Lapin, MSW, and funded by Dane County, this program maintains an active caseload of approximately 250 children and adults in Dane County.