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Disneyland Meets the North Pole at Festival Of Trees

October 30, 2008
Kennedy Krieger's annual holiday fundraiser celebrates the most wonderful time of the year

(Baltimore, MD) If Santa had a theme park, this would be it! From Friday, November 28 through Sunday, November 30 the Maryland State Fairgrounds will transform into a magical winter wonderland when Kennedy Krieger Institute's 19th annual Festival of Trees comes to town.

Research Update: Learning Disabilities

October 1, 2008
Study First to Examine Sentence Comprehension While Controlling for Word Recognition

New Reading Disabilities Study Uses Fmri Technology To Examine Sentence Comprehension In Adolescents

Study First to Examine Sentence Comprehension While Controlling for Word Recognition

First National Autism Registry Shows Notable Impact On Autism Research in Opening Year

March 31, 2008
IAN Project facilitates opportunities for parents of children with autism and researchers to connect

Read One-Year IAN Anniversary Update
Watch IAN Parent Video - "If I Could Do One Thing"

(Baltimore, MD) On April 2, the Kennedy Krieger Institute will commemorate World Autism Awareness Day and National Autism Awareness Month with the one-year anniversary of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), the first national autism registry.

Hugo Moser, Neurologist World-Renowned for his Relentless Fight Against Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), Dies at Age 82

January 22, 2007
Researcher Leaves Legacy of Hope for Families with ALD

Baltimore, MD - Hugo W. Moser, M.D., Ph.D., recognized throughout the world for his research on genetic disorders that affect nervous system function in children, passed away on Saturday, January 20th following a courageous battle with cancer. He leaves behind a legacy of advancing the science surrounding some of the most complex genetic disorders, particularly the disease adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), as profiled in the 1992 release of the motion picture Lorenzo's Oil.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Awarded $9 Million To Study Learning Disabilities In Growing Ranks Of U.S. Adolescents

November 6, 2006
N.I.H. Grant Will Establish Center to Examine Causes of Reading Disorders, Including National "Fourth Grade Slump" In Which Successful Learners Suddenly Falter

(Baltimore, MD) - The substantial number of today's adolescents struggling with weak literacy skills presents an urgent national concern, yet very little is known about reading disabilities beyond the early elementary grades. To address this critical gap in knowledge, the Kennedy Krieger Institute has been awarded a $9 million grant from the National Institute of Health (N.I.H.) to establish a Learning Disabilities Research Center. The new center is among only four centers awarded in the country.

Newborn Screening Method Discovered For Pediatric Disease Made Famous In 1992 Motion Picture, Lorenzo's Oil

September 26, 2006
Identification of X-linked Adrenoleukodystrophy at birth allows for early intervention, improved outcomes for males with rare genetic disorder

Baltimore, Md. - The current lack of a newborn screening method for X-linked Adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) means that many boys born with the often deadly genetic disorder are not diagnosed until after symptoms develop, putting them past the window of opportunity when intervention could spare them from the disease's devastation. But a study published in the journal Molecular Genetics and Metabolism presents a discovery by researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University for utilizing tandem mass spectrometry.

Sturge-Weber Syndrome Center Offers Nation's Leading Treatment Approach For Children With Complex Disease

December 9, 2005
Center Provides Comprehensive Diagnosis and Treatment of Rare Disease Causing Seizures, Motor and Visual Problems and Cognitive Impairment in Children

(Baltimore, MD) - The Hunter Nelson Sturge Weber Center at the Kennedy Krieger Institute introduces a multidisciplinary team of specialists to children with this rare and debilitating disease. Directed by Dr. Anne Comi, the Center's unique combination of faculty, including specialists in neurology, epileptology, ophthalmology, dermatology, neuroradiology, rehabilitative medicine, endocrinology and psychiatry, is vital for researching and treating a disease that affects multiple bodily systems.

Study Confirms Finding That Males And Females Use Different Parts Of The Brain For Performing Language And Visuospatial Tasks

July 18, 2006
Findings Pave the Way for Kennedy Krieger Institute Researchers to Understand Which Sex Differences are Developmental vs. Sociological vs. Hormonal

(Baltimore, MD) - Differences in the way men and women perform verbal and visuospatial tasks have been well documented in scientific literature, but findings have been inconsistent as to whether men and women actually use different parts of their brains. This inconsistency has been attributed to many factors, including variability in the tasks used in studies and failure to match study participants on performance equivalency.

Gene Mutations Responsible For Rett Syndrome In Females Present Sporadically in Males

July 13, 2006
International study refutes prior theory that faulty gene leads to in utero death in males

(Baltimore, MD) - Gene mutations that are responsible for the majority (seventy to eighty percent) of cases of Rett syndrome (RTT) in females are not always lethal in males prior to birth, refuting previous assumptions, and can occur sporadically in infant males without a family history of the disorder. A study published in the journal Neurology reports four sporadic occurrences of MECP2 gene mutations in infant males with progressive encephalopathy.

New Study Shows Autism-Related Developmental "Red Flags" Identifiable At Age Two In Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

June 1, 2006
Findings Present Window of Opportunity for Detection and Intervention Before Typical Diagnosis at Age Three or Four

(Baltimore, MD) - Early detection of autism is critical for early intervention, yet autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are typically not diagnosed until after three years of age. However, a study published today in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry found differences between typically developing children and those with ASD are detectable by two years of age. Because there are currently no medical diagnostic tests for autism, identifying developmental disruptions in infants and very young children with ASD may allow for earlier detection and critical intervention.

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