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Letter from our President

When someone you love lives through a horrific accident, the first impulse is to rejoice in their survival. But often, the immediate aftermath of an accident is just the first step in a long, sometimes arduous journey to recovery. Some elements of their “previous” life may return, but others are often changed irrevocably. That’s been the case for the Frost family. A December 2004 car accident left two of the Frost children with serious brain injuries.

Letter from our President

Most of the children we treat at Kennedy Krieger deal with challenges created by disorders that no one could possibly have predicted or prevented. And while we can provide them with medications, therapies and other programs designed to help them live the most fulfilling lives possible, we are rarely able to completely remedy our patient’s difficulties.

That’s why we’re so excited about our newest program, the Cranial-Cervical Clinic. The clinic treats torticollis, or head tilting, and plagiocephaly, or flattening of the skull. Left untreated,

The Study of Epigenetics


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

At the Kennedy Krieger Institute, we believe that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating children with developmental disorders. Across the Institute, from our pediatric feeding disorders program to our pain management clinic, our dedicated doctors, researchers, therapists, and educators work with each child and family to tailor a treatment plan that will meet their needs.

Looking for an Alternative to Embryonic Stem Cells

Researchers hope that iPS cells may some day function as embryonic stem cells without the controversy

In 2009, the FDA approved the use of human embryonic stem cell-based therapy for the treatment of patients with spinal cord injuries. Cell-based therapy — the use of human cells transplanted into the human body to promote healing — is not a futuristic concept. Bone marrow transplant, for example, is a cell-based therapy that was proven to be safe and effective more than 50 years ago. Stem cells are particularly useful in these cell-based therapies because they are both immortal and flexible, meaning they can divide without end and they can become almost any type of cell.

Letter From Our President

Neurorehabilitation is a cornerstone of virtually everything we do at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Founded in 1937 as the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute, Kennedy Krieger is an international resource with a strong tradition of providing comprehensive rehabilitative services for children with disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system. We offer a full continuum of programs, from inpatient and outpatient to day treatment and home care services, to help our patients achieve optimal outcomes throughout the entire course of care and their lives.

Bands on the Bay 2010

The Chesapeake Bay was brought to life on Sunday, April 25, for the fifth annual Bands on the Bay event. Featuring the sounds of live music, silent and live auctions, and delicious food and drinks, Bands on the Bay is a fundraiser organized by friends and family to honor Jenna Heck, who was diagnosed with Sturge-Weber Syndrome, a disorder characterized by a facial birthmark and neurological abnormalities.

Shane's Story

Looking out in the crowd to see my mom and friends and teachers standing and clapping for me--it was a moment I'll never forget.

Special Education

This summer, I accomplished a dream that few people thought was possible. I was able to walk across the stage to get my high school diploma and then walk down the aisle with my graduating class at Kennedy Krieger High School. Looking out in the crowd to see my mom and friends and teachers standing and clapping for me--it was a moment I'll never forget.

Erin and Jade's Story

After everything Erin and Jade had been through in their short lives, their parents Melissa and Kevin weren't prepared for yet another hurdle.

Spinal Cord Injury

Erin and Jade sit across from one another in their bedroom, giggling and playing. Dressed in bright pinks and yellows, they look like little mirror images of one another, with one exception. While Jade perches on the bed, Erin sits in a tiny pink wheelchair because she is paralyzed from the chest down.

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