News Briefs

Institute's Dr. Frank Pidcock to Lecture in Japan

The Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine has invited Kennedy Krieger's Dr. Frank Pidcock to be a Traveling Fellow for 2005. Dr. Pidcock will head to Japan in August

to deliver a series of lectures on topics in pediatric rehabilitation. These topics will include such issues as the use of botulinum toxin, better known as Botox, in the management of spasticity and systems of care for children requiring rehabilitation. Dr. Pidcock is associate director of Kennedy Krieger's Pediatric Rehabilitation Continuum and an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


Autism Fundraiser ROARs Through Baltimore Streets

The first annual ROAR: Ride on for Autism Research bike ride event took place on June 11. Designed to raise funds for research programs at Kennedy Krieger's Center for Autism and Related Disorders, ROAR offered riders a choice of a 10-mile, 20-mile or low-mileage kid's ride around the Camden Yards sports complex and some of Baltimore's most scenic areas. Ravens kicker Matt Stover and his wife Debbie joined the pack of 150 riders. Back at the starting line, families enjoyed bagels, fruit, water and Starbucks coffee while watching their kids jump in moonbounces and dance to the sounds of local children's band Milkshake. Organizers are already planning next year's ride, so keep checking www.roar.kennedykrieger.org for more information on dates and routes.


International Center for Spinal Cord Injury Opens

More than a hundred guests, including Baltimore mayor Martin O'Malley, turned out to help Kennedy Krieger celebrate the Grand Opening of the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury on June 14. The program, the first in the world to focus on rehabilitation and restoration for children with paralysis, is led by Dr. John W. McDonald, the lead neurologist who helped the late actor Christopher Reeve recover significant sensation and some mobility years after the horseback riding accident that paralyzed him. Representatives from the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation were on hand to support Dr. McDonald's new endeavor as well as former NFL player Conrad Dobler. Dobler's wife Joy was paralyzed in a fall from a backyard hammock several years ago. Since then, the Doblers have focused tremendous energy on raising funds for spinal cord injury research, often working with other past and present NFL players. The two presented a $91,849.38 check from the NFL Alumni Foundation to Dr. McDonald at the opening.

In addition to the check presentation and remarks from Dr. McDonald, Mayor O'Malley, Kennedy Krieger Chairman of the Board Robert Lawless and Institute president Dr. Gary W. Goldstein, the guests toured the ICSCI's therapy gym, laboratory facilities and the F.M. Kirby Center for Functional Brain Imaging.