Letter from our President - Winter 2016
At Kennedy Krieger Institute, we are changing lives. Our neurodevelopmental specialists are focused on research that can be quickly translated into potential treatments for the disorders we treat, directly benefiting patients and families.
This issue of Potential highlights work by our researchers on targeted treatments for leukodystrophies and other neurological disorders. This research has the potential to help thousands of children, including a little girl named Ellie, who is featured in this issue.
For many children, and families like Ellie’s, Kennedy Krieger is able to provide care they couldn’t find anywhere else. A family with quadruplets, also featured in this issue, searched for help with their children’s severe feeding problems without success, until they found our Feeding Disorders Program. Specialists in our nationally recognized program investigated the root causes of the children’s feeding problems, and successfully treated them.
The breadth and depth of expertise at the Institute helps guide development throughout childhood. After Morgan was born 14 weeks early and spent six weeks in neonatal intensive care, her doctors recommended follow-up care at Kennedy Krieger. Our developmental specialists not only provided care, but identified potential challenges she would face as she grew. Our team helped her family navigate the school system and obtain the extra support Morgan needed for success.
Throughout the year, our doctors, researchers, therapists, and educators are dedicated to improving the lives of children and families. As we look toward 2017, I am filled with optimism for the breakthroughs and inspiring stories still to come.
I wish you and your family the very best this holiday season.
Gary W. Goldstein, MD
President and CEO