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New Research Discovers Independent Brain Networks Control Human Walking

August 7, 2007
Kennedy Krieger Institute Study Enhances Understanding of Brain Plasticity and Motor Skills, Signaling Advancements for Future Rehab Practices

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Research Update: Down syndrome and Autism

July 28, 2008
Correlations of Autistic Behaviors Shown in Children with Down syndrome

Kennedy Krieger Research Update: Dr. Walter E. Kaufmann

In a continuation of his research looking at children with a co-diagnosis of both autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other well-known genetic disorders, Dr. Walter E. Kaufmann and colleagues recently published a study that examined the difference in brain structure between children with either Down syndrome alone and children with both Down syndrome and ASD. Dr.

New Study Shows Half of Children With Autism Can Be Accurately Diagnosed at Close to One Year of Age

July 2, 2007
Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Recognize Children with Autism Earlier than Ever Before, Paving the Way for Earlier Intervention and Improved Outcomes

View NBC Today Show video on earlier detection and intervention for autism findings with Dr. Rebecca Landa

Longitudinal Study Finds Sex Differences Nonexistent In Overall Math Performance Of Primary School Age Boys & Girls In Baltimore

June 5, 2007
Kennedy Krieger Institute Research Counters Reported National "Gender Gap" in Math Achievement

(Baltimore, MD) - Ever since the seminal report of sex differences first published by Maccoby & Jacklin appeared more than 30 years ago (1974), the notion that males outperform females in mathematics and spatial skills has sparked controversy. Although some studies support this contention, others do not.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Announces Retirement Of Chief Healthcare And Nurse Executive Sharon Earley Reeves

June 4, 2007
A woman of many achievements, Reeves acted in several capacities throughout her career

(Baltimore, MD) - The Kennedy Krieger Institute, an internationally recognized facility for pediatric disorders of the brain and spinal cord, announces the retirement of Sharon Earley Reeves, M.A.S., M.Sc.N., R.N., Chief Healthcare Executive and Nurse Executive, after 20 years of dedicated service.

IAN Update on May 11, 2007

May 11, 2007
One Month After Launch, Interactive Autism Network Reports 13,000 Registered Participants Eager to Accelerate Autism Research

(Baltimore, MD)-The Interactive Autism Network (IAN)-the first national online autism registry spearheaded by the Kennedy Krieger Institute-has registered an unprecedented number of individuals and families living with autism. Never before have researchers been offered access to such a large pool of family-provided data on this puzzling disorder. In only one month, IAN ( has achieved significant milestones:

Kennedy Krieger Institute Launches First National Online Autism Registry

April 2, 2007
The Interactive Autism Network to Accelerate Autism Research by Linking Researchers and Families Nationwide

Kennedy Krieger Institute today announced the launch of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) - the first national online autism registry - at Parents are filled with questions about autism, and, unfortunately, researchers are still struggling with many of the same questions. IAN brings these two groups together in a way that's never been done before, through an online registry, to find answers.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Hosts "Roasting Jim McMahon" Along With '85 Chicago Bears

February 27, 2007
At Morton's The Steakhouse Westchester On Saturday, March 31

CHICAGO (February 21, 2007)-Kennedy Krieger Institute, an internationally recognized facility dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders of the brain and spinal cord, will host "Roasting Jim McMahon" at Morton's The Steakhouse Westchester, located at One Westbrook Corporate Center, on Saturday, March 31 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; roast starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $250, which includes a full buffet and two cocktails, with all proceeds to benefit spinal cord injury research at Kennedy Krieger.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Announces Generous Donation from Wheelchair Foundation and Southwest Airlines

November 1, 2004
Kennedy Krieger Children and Staff to Thank Foundations with Halloween Party
WHEN: Thursday, October 28, 2004
11 a.m.
WHERE: Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N. Broadway

World Leader in Spinal Cord Research and Treatment

November 1, 2004
Dr. John McDonald will establish new center for spinal cord restoration

Baltimore - One of the world's leading spinal cord researchers, Dr. John McDonald, will join the staff of Kennedy Krieger Institute to establish a program to serve patients with spinal cord injury and paralysis.

The physician who helped the late actor Christopher Reeve recover some sensation, movement and moments of independence from his ventilator, Dr. McDonald founded and served as director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. At Kennedy Krieger Institute, he will serve as director of the new Spinal Cord Research Center.

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