They were right: Scientific literature showed people with Down syndrome are four to six times more likely to have autoimmune diseases like celiac and Type 1 diabetes. People with Down syndrome are also about 10 times more likely to die of a respiratory infection.
This inspired Dr. Khor to learn how and why Down syndrome impacts the immune system. He recently earned a $3.5 million grant for this research. He aims to better understand the immune system overall and to ask targeted questions like how Down syndrome impacts vaccine response.
“This research can help improve health for people with Down syndrome and teach us some universal truths about aging, autoimmunity and the immune system overall,” Dr. Khor says.