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Kennedy Krieger Institute Study Finds Molecular Abnormalities in Brains of People with Autism

November 13, 2001
Findings suggest possibility for diagnosis, treatment

BALTIMORE, MD - In a study to be published today in the journal Neurology, researchers at Kennedy Krieger Institute have identified molecular abnormalities in brain samples of individuals with autism using the new technology, microarray analysis.

National Tourette Syndrome Association Funds Research by Dr. Stewart H. Mostofsky

April 12, 2001
Kennedy Krieger Institute Researcher will use fMRI technology to analyze brain function

BALTIMORE, MD - Dr. Stewart H. Mostofsky of Kennedy Krieger Institute has been notified that he is the recipient of a research award from the National Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA). One of 15 distinguished awardees; Dr. Mostofsky's research will focus on using functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) to identify brain regions involved in the production of tics and to investigate differences in cerebral activity related to motor control.

Carter Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute To Host Conference, Provide Screenings for Holoprosencephaly

March 15, 2002
Coincides with National Institutes of Health conference on rare condition

BALTIMORE, MD - Families from all over the world will be arriving at the Kennedy Krieger Institute on April 10 to be evaluated for holoprosencephaly (HPE), a rare brain condition affecting children. Many of these families also will be attending the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conference on HPE on April 8-9.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Announces Newly Elected Members To Its Board Of Directors

January 3, 2001
Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) announces four newly elected members of its Board of Directors

BALTIMORE, MD - Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) announces four newly elected members of its Board of Directors. The new members will serve a three-year tenure. Newly elected members include:

A Little Winter Wonderland Magic Helps Local Children

November 13, 2000
Festival of Trees Opens in Timonium to Benefit Kennedy Krieger Institute

BALTIMORE, MD - Where else can you find over 85 beautifully decorated Christmas trees, 70 hand decorated wreaths, 70 gingerbread houses, 160 shopping booths, a full size musical carousel, a kids sports area, a food court, a miniature train garden, hand crafted gifts, live entertainment, Santa Claus and lots of holiday magic? The answer is Festival of Trees, a winter wonderland being held at the Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fairgrounds from November 24-26 to benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute. The event runs from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Kennedy Krieger Institute and NIMH Study Finds an Anti-Psychotic Medication Useful in Treating Behavioral Disturbances in Children with Autism

August 1, 2002
Findings Published in the New England Journal of Medicine

BALTIMORE, MD - Researchers at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins Hospital and seven other research facilities around the country have found that one of a newer class of anti-psychotic medications was successful and well-tolerated for the treatment of serious behavioral disturbances associated with autism in children ages 5 to 17. The findings of the eight-week, placebo-controlled, clinical trial were published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Aquanet, Beehives and Holiday Lights Decorate Baltimore's Premier Tree Festival

November 14, 2002
What happens when you combine Aquanet hairspray, teasing combs, holly leaves, holiday lights, partridges, pink flamingos and basketballs? You get a sampling of the more than 300 decorated trees at this year's annual Festival of Trees on Thanksgiving weekend.

What happens when you combine Aquanet hairspray, teasing combs, holly leaves, holiday lights, partridges, pink flamingos and basketballs? You get a sampling of the more than 300 decorated trees at this year's annual Festival of Trees on Thanksgiving weekend.

Marsh USA Helps Kennedy Krieger Students Fling Into Spring

May 17, 2000
Local insurance broker realizes the most rewarding investment is in the children of our community

BALTIMORE, MD - Marsh USA believes that our country's greatest asset is our children. As a responsible partner in the Baltimore area business community, this local insurance broker realizes the most rewarding investment a corporation can make is in the children of our community. That's why Marsh USA prides itself in being the corporate sponsor of Kennedy Krieger School's Spring Fling.

Bank of America Commits $250,000 to Kennedy Krieger Institute

July 11, 2000
Funds to benefit Kennedy Krieger School Career and Technology Center

BALTIMORE, MD - The Bank of America Foundation has made a $250,000 commitment to Kennedy Krieger Institute's capital campaign to benefit the Kennedy Krieger School Career and Technology Center, the Institute's new high school. Opened in September 1999, the high school is a national model of a school-to-work program focused on career preparation for adolescents with special needs. The goal of the school is to empower students to work toward economic independence by teaching them skills necessary for success in the workplace.

Collaboration Leads to "Tot Lot" in City

June 10, 2002
Grand opening of inter-generational park to serve inner-city neighborhood

BALTIMORE, MD - A unique partnership between three non-profit and city organizations has resulted in the development of an inter-generational' park for seniors, neighborhood residents and toddlers of Kennedy Krieger's Early Head Start Center at the site of a former unused surface lot in Canton.

The collaboration between Kennedy Krieger, Baltimore City Commission on Aging and Retirement Education (CARE), Friends of the Family will culminate with the grand opening of Penner's Playground at 2:30 p.m. June 13. The park is located behind the Hatton Senior Center, at 2825 Fait Avenue.

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