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Collaborating with the Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Dr. Christopher Smith, the director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and several MCDD staff members and trainees recently participated in the inaugural symposium for the Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. The symposium included opening remarks from Michael Klag, Dean of The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Janet DiPietro, Associate Dean for Research at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Daniele Fallin, Wendy Klag Center director and chair of the Department of Mental Health at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Other speakers and topics included Lisa Croen on “Epidemiology and Autism,” Jennifer Mulle on “The Gut Microbiome and Autism Risk,” David Mandell on “Building a System of Care for People with Autism,” Maureen Black on the “Global Focus on Developmental Disabilities,” and Dr. Rebecca Landa on “The Emergence of Autism.” Dr. Smith was recognized for his work with the Wendy Klag Center.

Dr. Smith, Benjamin Zablotsky, Luther Kalb, and Elizabeth Stuart participated in a panel discussion about the student experience. Dr. Smith discussed the MCDD’s efforts over the past four years to collaborate with The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to develop and implement training opportunities with the MCDD pertaining to policy and research in the field of developmental disabilities. Of the eight Klag Scholars named on the Wendy Klag Center website, seven have completed significant training rotations through the MCDD. The MCDD has an active training recruitment option listed on the Wendy Klag Center website, and maintains active funding support from the Wendy Klag Center each year for two trainees.

To find out more about the current collaboration between the MCDD and the Wendy Klag Center, click here. This site also contains information on current and past Klag Scholars, and how to apply for funding for a training opportunity. MCDD leaders are excited to continue the MCDD’s partnership with the Wendy Klag Center to offer meaningful training opportunities, collaborate on research and evaluation projects, and develop new and emerging leadership roles for trainees and students in Maryland.