Kennedy Krieger's Third Annual "Research Day," Highlighted Inspiring Discoveries and Collaborations in Baltimore

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BALTIMORE, April 19, 2024 — Kennedy Krieger Institute marked its third annual “Research Day” on Tuesday, April 16, at its location on 1741 Ashland Avenue, drawing over 100 attendees from the Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and beyond. The event served as a platform for showcasing innovative research endeavors unfolding in Maryland.

A man stands in front of a research poster and speaks to two people. The other two individuals have their backs to the camera.

Research Day is comprised of two events. The Gary W. Goldstein Research Symposium and Trainee Poster Day allows faculty, medical students, and fellows to present their latest findings. A total of 46 posters and 13 presentations delved into diverse research topics, spanning from thought patterns in adults with cerebral palsy to the impact of COVID-19 on suicide risk assessments, and even a novel videogame designed to evaluate visual biases in children with autism.

Brad Schlaggar, MD, PhD, president and CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute, said Research Day embodies the Institute's mission in improving the lives of children and adolescents with neurological, rehabilitative or developmental needs.

“Research Day really is the essence of the work that defines Kennedy Krieger,” Dr. Schlaggar said. “It’s a testament to how we are pushing the boundaries of knowledge and changing lives. Research is what allows us to further develop our clinical care, early childhood programs, education, and training.”

A panel of judges recognized outstanding contributions in various categories, including best poster, best rapid-fire presentation, and the selection of the 2024 Goldstein Innovation Grant Awardees. These distinguished researchers will receive funding to support their work over the next year. The recipients of this year’s grants are:

  • Eric Chin, MD
    • "Engineering EV-AAV for MRI-guided gene therapy of Neurofibromatosis Type 1"
  • Guanshu Liu, PhD
    • "A Randomized Crossover Trial of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain in Adults with Cerebral Palsy: A Biophysical Foundation for Pain Treatment Trials."

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About Kennedy Krieger Institute: 
Kennedy Krieger Institute, an internationally known nonprofit organization located in the greater Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region, transforms the lives of more than 27,000 individuals a year through inpatient and outpatient medical, behavioral health and wellness therapies; home and community services; school-based programs; training and education for professionals; and advocacy. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children, adolescents and adults with diseases, disorders and injuries that impact the nervous system, ranging from mild to severe. The Institute is home to a team of investigators who contribute to the understanding of how disorders develop while at the same time pioneering new interventions and methods of early diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Visit for more information about Kennedy Krieger.   

Taylor Gleason
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