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The Center For Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute to Host an Open House

March 19, 2010
April 15, 2010

(Baltimore, MD) - On Thursday, April 15 the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute will open its doors to parents, professionals and community members for an open house. "An Afternoon at CARD" will provide visitors the unique opportunity to learn more about the latest in autism news and treatments from many of the Institute's top autism experts. The open house will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Institute's Greenspring Avenue campus at 3901 Greenspring Avenue in Baltimore, MD.

Cancer Drug Found to Aid Cell Regeneration After Spinal Cord Injury

January 27, 2011
Taxol stabilizes growing nerve cells and reduces the barrier of scar tissue

(Baltimore, MD) - In a study published today in Science (e-publication ahead of print), a global research team reports that the cancer drug Taxol® (Paclitaxel) promotes the regeneration of injured nerve cells in the central nervous system (CNS) after spinal cord injury.

80 Percent Autism Divorce Rate Debunked in First-Of-Its Kind Scientific Study

May 19, 2010
Kennedy Krieger researchers find autism does not affect family structure

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Having a child with autism can put stress on the parents' marriage, and a frequently cited statistic leads to a common perception that the divorce rate among these families is as high as 80 percent. But a study to be released at a news conference today by researchers from Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore found that a child's autism has no effect on the family structure.

Study Provides New Insights into the Implications of Autism Onset Patterns

April 20, 2010
Children with developmental regression at increased risk for more severe autism

(Baltimore, MD) - Kennedy Krieger Institute announced today new study results showing that when and how autism symptoms appear in the first three years of life has vital implications to a child's developmental, diagnostic, and educational outcomes.

First Neuroimaging Study Examining Motor Execution in Children With Autism Reveals Brain Activation Differences, Decreased Connectivity Between Brain Regions

April 28, 2009
Kennedy Krieger Researchers Uncover New Insight into the Neurological Basis of Autism by Studying How the Brain Coordinates Movement

(Baltimore, MD) - In the first neuroimaging study to examine motor execution in children with autism, researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute have uncovered important new insight into the neurological basis of autism. The study, published online in the journal Brain's April 23 Brain Advanced Access, compared the brain activity of children with high functioning autism and their typically developing peers while performing a simple motor task-tapping their fingers in sequence.

A Research Update from the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute

June 15, 2010
New Research Shows that Electrical Stimulation Can Promote Central Nervous System Repair

As a therapeutic tool, electrical stimulation is being used in innovative ways to promote recovery of function following nervous system injury or disease. It can restore control and offset atrophy to muscles after injury and has a variety of therapeutic applications in the clinical setting. New research now suggests that electrical stimulation may also enhance central nervous system (CNS) repair.

First Comprehensive Genetic Analysis of Rett Syndrome Reveals Relationship Between Gene Mutations and Symptom Severity

March 10, 2008
International team conducts largest-ever study examining clinical features of symptoms

(Baltimore, MD) - An international collaboration of scientists has completed the first comprehensive analysis on the clinical effects of the genetic mutations involved in Rett Syndrome, a severe childhood neurological disorder on the autism spectrum caused by mutations in the gene MECP2. The current study, published in the March edition of Neurology, confirms and expands researchers' understanding of the distinctive clinical presentation of specific mutations in Rett syndrome.

Clinical Trial of Autism Early Intervention Reveals Significant Improvements in Toddlers' Social and Communication Skills

December 15, 2010
Study is First to Show Group-Based Intervention is Effective for Toddlers as Young as Two Years of Age

In a study recently published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (Epub ahead of print), researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute found that early intervention can improve the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in very young children. This is the first randomized clinical trial measuring how a group-based early intervention model impacts social development in toddlers with ASD.

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