Letter From Our President
The Kennedy Krieger Institute could never provide our patients with our remarkable array of successful, innovative programs without the hard work and dedication of the many talented professionals who work here. We lost one of the finest models of the Kennedy Krieger ethic earlier this year, with the passing of Dr. Hugo W. Moser.
One of the world's foremost authorities on peroxisomal disorders, particularly adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), Dr. Moser was a brilliant scientist whose ground-breaking research brought great hope to thousands of families. His recent landmark paper on the effect Lorenzo's Oil therapy in preventing the progression of ALD lends concrete support for a method that may be able to halt the advance of the devastating and still-incurable condition.
But Dr. Moser's skills as a physician and researcher represent just part of his tremendous contribution to the Institute. Just as important: his unending compassion for his patients and their families. His kindness and attentiveness to each aspect of patient care -- not just those that pertained to his own discipline -- are the hallmarks of the Kennedy Krieger mission. Learn more about Dr. Moser's devotion to his work and his patients, and the future of ALD research, in this issue.
Also in this issue: an inspiring look at the progress of two brothers with autism; the remarkable strides made by a young boy with cerebral palsy and other conditions who has surpassed all expectations; and a powerful message from a young man raised in Therapeutic Foster Care who is now succeeding in college.
At Kennedy Krieger, we are fortunate to witness triumphant stories of survival and achievement every day. We are proud to share just a few of them with you and hope you find them just as enriching.
Gary W. Goldstein, MD