Lab News

New Foundation Funded Study

The IDCL has received a grant from the LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation for UIUC to become a new site that is part of a national network of researchers focusing on Down syndrome. The project’s goal is to determine what factors play a role in the learning and problem solving process in individuals with Down syndrome. It is our hope that this information will lead to the development of improved treatments to enhance learning in this population. Collaborators include the Development in Neurogenetic Disorders lab led by Dr. Laura Hahn here at UIUC, Dr. Stephanie Sherman at Emory University, and investigators at Kennedy Krieger Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center, and Children’s National Medical Center.

NIH Funding Granted

The IDCL received an R03 grant from the NICHD to learn more about how aspects of narrative language develop in children with Down syndrome. In collaboration with Dr. Leonard Abbeduto at the University of California, Davis MIND Institute, we will examine parent and child factors that may contribute to language development in this population. We are currently seeking families to participate in this study. Click here to learn more.


Undergraduate Research Day at Illinois

Caitlyn Boni presented her project on verb use by individuals with Down syndrome at our campuswide Undergraduate Research Day! 

Undergraduates to be Honored at Awards Day

Two of our undergraduate student lab members will be featured at our department's annual Awards Day this May! Teresa Kubiak will be awarded the Nanine S. Breon Scholarship and Katie Schuelke will be awarded the Frances L. Johnson Award for their scholarly endeavors. Congratulations, Teresa and Katie! 

Research Findings Presented at National and State Conferences

Shealyn Ashby, a master's student in our lab, presented a poster at the 2017 Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association (ISHA) Convention in February and a spoken presentation at the Gatlinburg Conference on Intellectual Disabilities in San Antonio, TX in March. Her project examined the use of inferential language during narrtive storytelling in individuals with Down syndrome.

Congratulations, Shealyn!

Shealyn Ashby, one of our graduate student lab members, received a Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers (SPARC) Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). This award will support Shealyn as she pursues an academic research career. Awarded activities include completing an independent research project with Dr. Channell in the IDCL and receiving additional mentorship from Dr. Laura Hahn.