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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.

Study Finds Fever May Lead To Improved Behavior In Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

December 3, 2007
Kennedy Krieger Institute Research Confirms Parent and Physician Reports that Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Exhibit Fewer Autistic-like Behaviors during Illness with Fever

View video of ABC 7 News story, profiling research into the "fever effect." - January 30, 2008
View video of WJZ 13 Health Watch story to learn more about Kennedy Krieger's latest autism research into the "fever effect." - January 22, 2008

Research Update: ADHD

July 28, 2008
Study Using Simple "Go/No-Go" Task Finds Brain Inactivity Characterizes ADHD

Kennedy Krieger Research Update: Dr. Stewart Mostofsky

Dr. Stewart Mostofsky and his colleagues recently published a paper in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience examining differences in brain activity in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and typically developing (TD) children. Dr. Mostofsky and his research team at the Kennedy Krieger Institute used a classic "Go/No-go" task to study response inhibition, or the ability to stop oneself from engaging in unwanted or unnecessary actions.

Kennedy Krieger Institute's Montgomery County School Receives Lowe's Grant For New Library And Media Center

August 25, 2008
$50,000 provides funding for materials and technology

Baltimore, Md. Kennedy Krieger Institute's Montgomery County School was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation to help provide critically needed educational services to middle- and high-school-aged students with autism spectrum disorders.

Kennedy Krieger Institute's Autism Campaign Receives National Acclaim

September 15, 2008
Ad Council Endorses Public Service Campaign for First National Autism Registry

(Baltimore, MD) Kennedy Krieger Institute announced today the launch of a new, national public service campaign to promote the Interactive Autism Network (known as the IAN Project), a web initiative funded by Autism Speaks. The campaign, which educates viewers on how the IAN Project is accelerating the pace of autism research by encouraging parents of children with autism to enroll, received a prestigious national endorsement from the Ad Council, a distinction awarded to independently produced public service announcements (PSAs).

Prominent Atlanta Attorney, Charlie Shaffer, Joins The Marcus Institute As CEO

June 5, 2003
Shaffer possessed the leadership abilities to keep the original vision, mission and values of the Marcus Institute embedded in the culture

ATLANTA, June 5, 2003- The Marcus Institute, a comprehensive resource center for children with developmental disabilities and severe and challenging behaviors, today announced Charlie M. Shaffer, Jr. has been named president and chief executive officer, effective in August.

Kennedy Krieger's Marcus Institute Transitioned to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

August 8, 2008
After 10 Years of Growth Under Kennedy Krieger's Leadership and National Model, Marcus Institute Poised to Assume Local Parent

(Baltimore, MD) - Today, Kennedy Krieger Institute is officially transitioning ownership of The Marcus Institute to the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). With a number of significant milestones achieved during the last decade of Kennedy Krieger's leadership, The Marcus Institute is in a prime position to continue its growth under the direction of a local parent organization and with a new name - the Marcus Autism Center.

Statement of Condolence for the Family of Lorenzo Odone

June 3, 2008

The Kennedy Krieger Institute's faculty and staff extend our deepest condolences to the family of Lorenzo Odone, who passed away on Friday, May 30, after surviving adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) for more than 20 years.

Over the course of Lorenzo's life, his father, Augusto Odone, made innumerable contributions to the quest for answers about his son's rare and devastating disease. His efforts impacted the scientific field in ways that have dramatically changed the fate of those who followed in Lorenzo's footsteps with diagnoses of ALD and other demyelinating disorders.

Initial Data from First U.S. Autism Registry Reveals Important Insights for Research Community

May 15, 2008

(Baltimore, MD) Initial data from the Kennedy Krieger Institute's Interactive Autism Network (IAN), the first U.S. autism registry, will be presented at the 7th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research 2008 (IMFAR) in London, UK on May 15-17.

Hand Movements in Children with ADHD Hold Clues to Understanding and Predicting Symptom Severity

February 14, 2011
Two new research studies find involuntary movements in the hands and fingers are measurable markers offering insights into the neurobiology of ADHD

(Baltimore, MD) - Two research studies published today in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, found markers for measuring the ability of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to control impulsive movements, which may reveal insights into the neurobiology of ADHD, inform prognosis and guide treatments.

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