Institute Publications

Research Frontiers: The Study of Epigenetics

Martie
Callaghan

Are your genes turned on?

When scientists began The Human Genome Project in the early 1990s, their hope was to discover and interpret the entire blueprint for life, to decode not only how the human body is put together, but also to find the genetic cause and cure for every disease. Imagine their surprise when they discovered not the anticipated 100,000 genes, but rather 20,000 genes making up the human genome-about the same as that of fish and mice, and less than many plants!

Letter From Our President

Gary W. Goldstein, MDAt the Kennedy Krieger Institute, we believe that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating children with developmental disorders.

Research Frontiers: Back in Stride -- Innovative Treadmill Study Helps Restore Walk Patterns

Martie
Callaghan

Motion Analysis LaboratoryYou're waiting at the airport for your best friend to arrive. It's been several years since you last saw each other. A figure emerges from the throng of travelers, and as he walks quickly toward you, you recognize your friend right away by his long, loping stride. The way he walks, or his gait, is a very complex characteristic that, like a fingerprint, is unique to every person.

Letter From Our President

Gary W. Goldstein, MDThe understanding and treatment of developmental disabilities have come a long way over the past century. As we reflect on the last 70 years since the founding of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the past is not always bright, but there are people and moments that stand out as beacons of progress. President John F.

No Hablo Inglés: Helping Spanish-Speaking Families with Special Needs

Primeros PasosBuenos días. Gracias por llamar al Kennedy Krieger Institute. ¿Cómo le puedo ayudar?

If the line of text above is confusing, imagine living in a world where every word, every conversation is a mystery. Imagine needing services but not being able to access them because you don't speak the language.

Making the Grade: SHNIC Helps Teachers Learn About Special Needs

Making the GradeBryan's teachers were at a loss for how to help him when he hid under his desk or back in the cubby area and cried. They knew he had been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder; dysgraphia, a learning disability that affects writing abilities; and Asperger syndrome, but they didn't know how to deal with those diagnoses or what the best ways to teach him were.

Piecing together the Autism Education Puzzle

Families whose children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder typically have a wide range of reactions: sadness, fear, and, for some, relief at having a name for their child's challenges. While they all have drastically different experiences, almost all agree on one thing: there aren't enough educational professionals trained to help their children.

Event Spotlight

Four Mile Airport Run and Family Walk Benefits Down Syndrome Clinic

Hundreds of runners and walkers will trek an exciting course on Sunday, Sept. 28, winding around BWI Airport and Northrop Grumman as airplanes drone overhead. Now in its 17th year, the BWI Airport 4 Mile Run and 2 Mile Family Walk, presented by Northrop Grumman, benefits the children of the Kennedy Krieger Institute Down Syndrome Clinic. Top runners qualify to race in the Peachtree Run in Atlanta, and receive pre-paid, seeded entry, round-trip flights and hotel accommodations.

Short Circuits

Tania R.
Edghill
January 31, 2006
Kennedy Krieger Researcher Uses Innovations in MRI Technology to Study the Brain's Structure and Function in Search of the Cause of ADHD

Erin Blitz with Dr. Stewart MostofskyLaurie Blitz began to suspect that something was not quite right with her daughter as early as when she was a toddler. Erin seemed overly hyperactive, moving so much that even simple tasks like changing her diaper became lessons in patience and control. When she was old enough to walk, she would constantly run away, placing herself in danger.

Research Frontiers: Greater Than the Sum

Kennedy Krieger Researcher Studies the Underlying Causes of Math Learning Disability in School-Age Children

Dr. Michele MazzoccoAsk a young child what the toughest subject is in school, and he is likely to say math or reading. While there have been thousands of studies on reading disabilities and, consequently, methods developed for overcoming them there have been far fewer on math dysfunction. Michèle M. M.

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