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NIH Autism Center of Excellence Network Announces Launch of Most Comprehensive Study of Earliest Possible Causes of Autism

June 9, 2009
Baltimore/Washington Area One of Three Regions Nationwide Where Research Will Be Conducted

The Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, along with other leading autism research centers, are partnering to participate in one of the largest research studies of its kind to investigate early risk factors for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The network, called the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI), will follow a cohort of up to 1,200 pregnant women who already have a child with autism.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Officials Visit Capitol Hill: Foster Family-based Treatment Association Public Policy Institute and Advocacy Day

May 29, 2009

(Baltimore, MD) - The Foster Family-based Treatment Association (FFTA) recently held the Public Policy Institute and Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, May 18-19. The two-day event included over 80 visits on Capitol Hill where attendees met with US Senators, Representatives, and staff. The goal for the event was to participate in health care reform discussions representing children, families and treatment foster care.

Kennedy Krieger Receives $2 Million to Establish Lawless Family Endowed Chair

April 15, 2010
Michael Cataldo, Ph.D. Honored as First Recipient

Kennedy Krieger Institute announced today that Robert J. Lawless, former chairman, president and chief executive of McCormick & Company, Inc., has pledged $2 million for an endowed chair to enhance the Institute's longstanding history of helping children with special needs.

New Survey Finds Grandparents Play Key Role in Lives of Children With Autism

April 6, 2010
Interactive Autism Network survey gives grandparents a voice in autism research community

(Baltimore, MD) - Today, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN),, the nation's largest online autism research project, announces results of the Grandparents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Survey, finding that nearly one-third of grandparents who participated were the first to raise concerns about their grandchild's development.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Elects New Member to Board of Directors

March 22, 2010
Victoria Sulerzyski to help guide the Institute’s leadership in developmental disabilities research, treatment and education programs

(Baltimore, MD) - Kennedy Krieger Institute announces a newly elected member to its Board of Directors. Victoria Z. Sulerzyski, an Associate at Ober, Kaler, Grimes &Shriver, joins 40 other Baltimore-area community and business leaders on Kennedy Krieger's Board of Directors.

Rockin' On the Bay on April 26th

April 26, 2009
Bands on the Bay to benefit the Kennedy Krieger Sturge-Weber Center

Baltimore, MD - The Chesapeake Bay will be rockin' and rollin' at the annual Bands on the Bay event, Sunday, April 26. A music-filled afternoon for the entire family, Bands on the Bay will feature the Doug Segree Band and Orlando Phillips, the former lead vocalist of the Caribbean music group Mama Jama. NFL Pro Bowler and current New York Jets player Alan Faneca will make a special appearance while guests enjoy the live music and great food and drink.

International Center For Spinal Cord Injury Receives $20,000 Donation From Iowa Group To Advance Spinal Cord Injury Research

January 22, 2008
Spinal Cord Organization for Research and Enrichment (S.C.O.R.E.) Commits Funds to Kennedy Krieger's World-Renowned Center

(Baltimore, MD) - The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute recently received a $20,000 donation from the Iowa-based Spinal Cord Organization for Research and Enrichment (S.C.O.R.E.) to support the Center's promising and innovative research. ICSCI will use the funds to support stem cell and regeneration research, specifically applying the donation to primate studies currently underway in Columbia, South America.

Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder Groups Unite to Advance National Policy Issues

January 3, 2008
Kennedy Krieger's International Center for Spinal Cord Injury Joins with Organizations from around the Country

(Baltimore, MD) - At a recent summit in Washington, DC, 19 national organizations and institutions working to improve the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries or disorders joined together to establish the Spinal Cord Leaders Council. The purpose of the Leaders Council is to advance federal legislative and regulatory policies that would empower persons with SCI/D to lead more active and productive lives.

Autism Speaks Announces Major Expansion Of Autism Treatment Network

December 12, 2007
Kennedy Krieger Institute One of Fifteen Sites Nationwide

New York, NY - Autism Speaks, the nation's leading autism advocacy organization, today announced its Autism Treatment Network (ATN) would triple in size, expanding from five sites to fifteen sites across the United States and Canada. The ATN is a group of hospitals and medical centers dedicated to improving medical care for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and to standardizing the care those individuals receive.

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