Former Interactive Autism Network Merges with MCDD

tags: Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities

Families and individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) play a critical role in helping researchers and clinicians better understand the disorder. Since 2006, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), a partnership between Kennedy Krieger Institute and Autism Speaks, has facilitated research leading to advancements in better understanding ASD. Over this period, the network has developed collaborations from all 50 states and internationally, with thousands of families, community organizations and researchers, and has received funding from the Simons Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, helping it facilitate more than 500 research studies and contribute to more than 50 scientific publications.

Now, after 13 years, IAN has closed. We are excited to announce that IAN staff members Kiely Law, MD, MPH; Cheryl Cohen; Marina Sarris (not pictured); Jaimie Toroney; and Alison Marvin (not pictured) will be continuing with the Simons Foundation’s SPARK initiative—a landmark autism research project—as MCDD staff members.

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Left to right: Kiely Law, Cheryl Cohen and Jaimie Toroney

Paul Lipkin, MD, and Kristy Dubose will be working in the Department of Neurology and Developmental Medicine at Kennedy Krieger. Dr. Lipkin will also remain an Epic physician champion at Kennedy Krieger.

We look forward to working with our five new staff members and partnering on research opportunities to help the families we serve.

Visit the Kennedy Krieger SPARK website to learn more about SPARK.