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Kennedy Krieger’s Interactive Autism Network Names New Director

February 4, 2014
Dr. Paul Lipkin to lead national online autism registry and research enterprise

Baltimore, Md. – Kennedy Krieger Institute announces the appointment of Dr. Paul H. Lipkin as Director and Principal Investigator of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN). IAN is an online research platform and registry that connects individuals on the autism spectrum and their families with researchers nationwide.

NIH Awards Funds from NFL Donation to Kennedy Krieger for New Concussion Research Study

December 16, 2013

Baltimore, Md. – The National Institutes of Health announced today that a research study at Kennedy Krieger Institute is among eight projects to receive financial support to answer some of the most fundamental problems on traumatic brain injury. Under the direction of principal investigator Stacy Suskauer, M.D., Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program at Kennedy Krieger, this new research study will focus on assessing youth sport-related concussion and recovery using somatosensory processing.

Virtual Sailing Simulator Shows Key Role of Recreation in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

November 20, 2013
Kennedy Krieger Institute researchers find therapeutic benefits of virtual sailing

Baltimore, Md. – Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute announced today the results of a pilot study demonstrating use of a virtual therapeutic sailing simulator as an important part of rehabilitation following a spinal cord injury (SCI).

Discovery Shows Cerebellum Plays Important Role In Sensing Limb Position And Movement

September 4, 2013
Kennedy Krieger Institute researchers find that damage to the cerebellum impairs ability to predict motion outcomes and discrimination between limb positions.

Baltimore, Md. -- Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute announced today study findings showing, for the first time, the link between the brain’s cerebellum and proprioception, or the body’s ability to sense movement and joint and limb position.

NIH Funds New Muscular Dystrophy Research At Kennedy Krieger; Part Of Large Initiative To Fund Collaborations With Industry

June 18, 2013
Initiative to enable exploration of potential treatments in eight disease areas using existing compounds

Baltimore, Md. -- The National Institutes of Health has awarded a team from Kennedy Krieger Institute and the University of Washington with $2.9 million for the first year of an anticipated three-year grant to test a drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).  The award is part of a $12.7 million funding initiative to match nine academic research groups with a selection of pharmaceutical industry compounds to explore new treatments for patients in eight disease areas, including Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia.

Game-changing Discovery of Gene Mutation that Causes Sturge-Weber Syndrome, Port-Wine Stain Birthmarks Offers New Hope

May 8, 2013
Kennedy Krieger Researchers Pinpoint Genetic Cause of Rare Disease and Common Birthmark

Baltimore, Md. -- In new findings published today in the New England Journal of Medicine (Epub ahead of print), researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute reveal the discovery of the cause – a genetic mutation that occurs before birth – of Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS) and port-wine stain birthmarks. SWS is a rare disorder affecting approximately one in 20,000 births, while port-wine birthmarks are more common, affecting approximately one million individuals in the United States.  

Lower Extremity Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycling Promotes Physical & Neurological Recovery In Chronic Spinal Cord Injury

March 4, 2013
Study by Kennedy Krieger’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury suggests activity-based restorative therapy programs may provide substantial benefits for persons with chronic SCI

Baltimore, MD -- A new study by Kennedy Krieger Institute’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (Epub ahead of print) finds that long-term lower extremity functional electrical stimulation (FES) cycling, as part of a rehabilitation regimen, is associated with substantial improvements in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI).

Speech Emerges In Children On The Autism Spectrum With Severe Language Delay At Greater Rate Than Previously Thought

March 4, 2013
Study by Kennedy Krieger’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders reveals key predictors of speech gains

BALTIMORE, Md. -- New findings published in Pediatrics (Epub ahead of print) by the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders reveal that 70 percent of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who have a history of severe language delay, achieved phrase or fluent speech by age eight.

New Study Finds Bullying Causes Significant Short-Term Emotional And Physical Consequences For Children With Autism

January 10, 2013
Study by Kennedy Krieger’s Interactive Autism Network finds children with autism and psychiatric comorbidities are at especially high risk of being bullied

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Nearly 70 percent of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) experience emotional trauma as a result of being bullied, according to findings published today in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, while a significant portion were concerned for their own safety at school. The study also found that children with ASD who presented with pre-existing psychiatric diagnoses were at incr

“Parenting a Child with Autism: What Should I Do In a Crisis?” Six Tips to Prepare for a Mental Health Crisis in Children on the Autism Spectrum

December 3, 2012
Kennedy Krieger expert advises parents on how to plan ahead

For some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the core symptoms of impaired communication, social skills and repetitive behaviors are just the beginning of the challenges that they face. An ASD diagnosis also brings an increased likelihood of receiving a secondary mental health diagnosis, such as depression, anxiety and psychotic disorders, many of which manifest in severe behaviors that can quickly escalate to a crisis situation for a child and their family.

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