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Be part of an upcoming thyroid study

Did you know that currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that thyroid function be checked in infants with Down syndrome a birth, six months, and 12 months of age?

Be a part of groundbreaking research that may greatly impact individuals with Down syndrome. This research study, led by Doctors Feldman and Lee – both pediatric endocrinologists at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center, is aimed at determining whether thyroid function screening tests should be done more frequently or at different intervals in the first year of life in infants with Down syndrome, to detect thyroid disorders earlier on and ensure prompt treatment during this critical period of brain development.

Participating in this study may lead to your infant being diagnosed with hypothyroidism at an earlier age than if the current screening guidelines are followed. An earlier diagnosis of hypothyroidism and initiation of treatment is associated with a positive impact on brain development in all infants.


  • Newborn with Down syndrome (≥30 weeks gestation)
  • Birthdate before 8/1/2016
  • Enroll <6 months of age

For more information on this exciting study, please contact 508-334-7575.

To view the full UMass Memorial release, click here.