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Kennedy Krieger Institute Opens Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders

December 8, 2009

Kennedy Krieger Institute announced today the opening of the new Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders that will improve and expand services to individuals with muscle disorders such as muscular dystrophy and congenital myopathy in the Baltimore/Washington region and across the nation. The Center provides expert clinical care to children and adults with these disorders, and offers leading research programs both in the clinical and laboratory setting.

Olympic Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill Joins Kennedy Krieger Institute's Board of Directors

July 16, 2009

Kennedy Krieger Institute announces two newly elected members to its Board of Directors. Dorothy Hamill, Olympic Gold Medalist and Hall of Fame Figure Skater, and William J. Toomey, II, Senior Vice President and Area Executive of BB&T Bank, join 40 other Baltimore-area community and business leaders on Kennedy Krieger’s Board of Directors. The new members will serve a three-year term.

Dorothy Hamill

Olympic Gold Medalist and Hall of Fame Figure Skater

Clinical Trial of Autism Early Intervention Reveals Significant Improvements in Toddlers' Social and Communication Skills

December 15, 2010
Study is First to Show Group-Based Intervention is Effective for Toddlers as Young as Two Years of Age

In a study recently published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (Epub ahead of print), researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute found that early intervention can improve the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in very young children. This is the first randomized clinical trial measuring how a group-based early intervention model impacts social development in toddlers with ASD.

New Data Show Half Of All Children With Autism Wander And Bolt From Safe Places

April 20, 2011
Interactive Autism Network releases findings on critical safety issue, launches new research survey on pregnancy

(Baltimore, MD) – Today, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN),, the nation’s largest online autism research project, reveals the preliminary results of the first major survey on wandering and elopement among individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and announces the launch of a new research survey on the association between pregnancy factors and ASD.

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

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.

New Study Pinpoints Difference

(Baltimore, MD) — Researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have collaborated to uncover important new insights into the neurological basis of autism. Their new study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, examined patterns of movement as children with autism and typically developing children learned to control a novel tool. The findings suggest that children with autism appear to learn new actions differently than do typically developing children.

Researchers Exploring the Effects of ADHD on Girls

February 13, 2004

Condition likely nearly as prevalent in girls as boys; study aims to find better methods for diagnosis, treatment in girls

For Immediate Release: February 13, 2004

Research Identifies New Features Of Brain Structure That May Lead To ADHD

November 5, 2007

Research Conducted at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Takes New Approach to Studying Brain Basis of ADHD

For Immediate Release: November 05, 2007

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