Autism

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 www.IANproject.org. 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 Experts Featured in National Autism Coverage

February 14, 2005
NBC Today Show and Newsweek to highlight autism
WHEN: Today Show
February 21-25, 2005
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Newsweek
February 21, 2005

Study Discovers Link Between Increased White Matter in the Brain and Poor Motor Skills in Children with Autism

July 30, 2007
Research Conducted at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Examines How Motor Skill Deficits Can Provide Insight into the Brain Basis of Autism

(Baltimore, MD) - A study published in the August issue of the journal Brain demonstrates, for the first time, an association between increased white matter volume and functional impairment in children with autism. Findings from researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md. reveal that in children with autism, increased white matter volume in the motor region of the brain predicts poorer motor skills.

Leading International Researchers To Share New Information On The Detection And Intervention Of Autism In Infants

September 26, 2005
Kennedy Krieger Institute to Host Autism Conference to Educate Both Parents and Medical Community

(Baltimore, MD) - Internationally-known researchers and clinicians will gather next month in Baltimore to share recent findings on autism, a disorder affecting 1.5 million Americans, in a two-day educational conference hosted by the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Autism: New Study Discovers Statistically Significant Link Between Abnormally Low Cholesterol Levels And Autism Spectrum Disorders

September 5, 2006
Finding Leads Kennedy Krieger Researchers Down New Road in Autism Research

(Baltimore, MD) - Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) will be diagnosed in more children this year than AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined, yet researchers and physicians can identify medical causes in only 10 percent of cases. But, a study published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B (Neuropsychiatric Genetics) found that a small subgroup of children with ASD have abnormally low cholesterol levels (hypocholesterolemia), leading researchers to believe cholesterol may play a role in the cause of some cases of the disorder.

Autism Speaks Makes First Major Funding Commitment, Supporting the Development of an Unprecedented National Autism Database

January 17, 2006
Initial $2.26 Million Award Funds Project That Will Serve as a Unique Resource For Families and Researchers

(New York, New York) -- Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness about the growing autism health crisis and raising funds for critical autism research, today announced that its board of directors has voted to fund a program for the development of a national autism database. Kennedy Krieger Institute, one of the nation's leading treatment centers for autism and other developmental disorders, will develop the open, interactive database.

School Program for Children with Autism Starts New Year With Capacity Enrollment and a New Multi-Sensory' Room

September 16, 2004
$25,000 Verizon Foundation Grant Enables School to Offer New Feature to Further Promote Learning

BALTIMORE - With a growing demand for special education services for children with autism, Kennedy Krieger Institute's LEAP Program (Lifeskills and Education for Students With Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders) has begun the new school year with a waiting list and capacity enrollment of 55 students. Kennedy Krieger's LEAP Program is one of the few in Maryland dedicated solely to educating this specific population.

Educating Parents, Professionals About the Earliest Signs of Autism

March 1, 2004
Kennedy Krieger celebrates Autism Awareness Month with a Play Date' at its Center for Autism and Related Disorders

Baltimore - Recent research at Kennedy Krieger reveals that autism can be diagnosed in children as young as 6 months of age, when interventions have the most successful outcomes. Educating pediatricians, developmental practitioners and parents about the earliest signs of autism, and getting children screened as early as possible, is key to improving outcomes.

NIH Funds New National Center for Study of Autism

May 14, 2003
Kennedy Krieger Institute one of eight comprehensive research centers in country

Baltimore - Kennedy Krieger Institute was awarded today a five-year, $7.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to start up a national center devoted to autism research, focusing on neurobiologic origins of autism, as well as early detection and intervention.

Research Study at Kennedy Krieger Institute Could Lead to Earlier Diagnosis, Better Outcomes for Children with Autism

April 3, 2002
Coincides with Autism Awareness Month in April

BALTIMORE, MD - Researchers at Kennedy Krieger Institute are leading one of the world's most promising new studies of children with autism, designed to identify the signs of the neurological disorder earlier in a child's life, leading to earlier intervention and improved outcomes. The study coincides with Autism Awareness Month.

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