DSMIG-USA® William I. Cohen, MD  Distinguished Service Award

Nominations Open

In 2016, the Board of Directors of DSMIG-USA established the William I. Cohen, MD Distinguished Service Award to honor a member for major contributions to the mission of DSMIG-USA by promoting the health and wellness of individuals with Down syndrome. This award will be granted again in 2018 with a presentation at the Annual Symposium in Dallas on July 13, 2018.

Dr. William I. Cohen (1946-2009) was a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician from the University of Pittsburgh who made monumental, multifaceted contributions to the care of people with Down syndrome through tireless work and his warm personality. He was a galvanizing force for professional care providers as one of the cofounders of the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group. Dr. Cohen was also a key member of the Clinical Advisory Board of the National Down Syndrome Society and the Scientific Advisory Board for the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation. Dr. Cohen exemplifies to us how much can be accomplished as an outstanding leader, educator, clinician, person, and researcher.

We celebrate his contributions to the field of Down syndrome with this award and also recognize the dedication, commitment and contributions of others.

The deadline for submission of nominations is April 2, 2018.  


1.  Download nomination form to complete then save to your computer.

2.  Email completed form to dsmig.cohenaward@gmail.com.

Any questions, please email us!  DSMIG - USA

SAVE THE DATE - July 13, 2018    Dallas, Texas

DSMIG - USA Annual Symposium  

The DSMIG – USA symposium provides an interdisciplinary forum for sharing of knowledge and experiences related to clinical care of children and adults with Down syndrome, clinical research related to Down syndrome, and development of Down syndrome clinics.

Last year’s program covered a wide range of pediatric and adult topics including: Cancer Screening for Adults, Hip and Spine Conditions, Alzheimer Disease and Aging , Strategies to Enhance Learning, Predicting Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Issues, Psychiatric Issues and Psychopharmacology, Preventative and Gynecologic Care and more.  We hope to see you later this year in Dallas!


Members of this DSMIG-USA are professionals from a variety of disciplines who provide care to individuals with Down syndrome and/or their families. This may include physicians, scientists, psychologists, nurses, genetic counselors, educators, therapists, clinic coordinators, and related health professionals. Members may also include individuals who engage in research or health policy relevant to Down syndrome. Most members work in specialized Down syndrome clinics, at academic institutions, university- and community-based medical centers, or private practice. Students, Residents, Fellows and other Trainees are welcome to join.


DSMIG-USA Annual Symposium July 13-14, 2018 Sheraton Dallas Hotel

World Down Syndrome Congress July 24-27, 2018 Glasgow, Scotland. visit: www.wdsc2018.org.uk

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