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2006 Constellation Energy Classic fourth annual event benefits Kennedy Krieger Institute

The 2006 Constellation Energy Classic (CEC) ran from September 11-17 at Hayfields Country Club in Hunt Valley, Md. This year's golf tournament marked the 24th of 29 Charles Schwab Cup events on the Champions Tour. Bob Gilder stunned the crowds as he played his way to his second straight victory at the CEC. However, it was golfing legend Arnold Palmer who stole the show as he competed in stroke play for the first time in 11 months.

ROAR Breaks Record and the Silence Surrounding Autism

Spirits were once again high at this year's ROAR for Autism event. On Sunday, April 25, at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland, an enthusiastic group of more than 1,000 participants were on hand for ROAR for Autism's sixth annual bike ride, nature walk, and family fun festival. The event raises critically needed funds for autism research and programs at the Institute and serves as a way to recognize Autism Awareness Month.

19th Annual Festival of Trees

The 19th annual Kennedy Krieger Institute Festival of Trees was held November 28-30 in the Cow Palace at the Maryland St ate Fairgrounds in Timonium. This three-day event is an exciting holiday-themed festival held annually to raise funds for the research, treatment, education, and community programs at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. This year, Festival of Trees' over 38,000 attendees helped raise more than $890,000 to support the important work of the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

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Four Mile Airport Run and Family Walk Benefits Down Syndrome Clinic

Hundreds of runners and walkers will trek an exciting course on Sunday, Sept. 28, winding around BWI Airport and Northrop Grumman as airplanes drone overhead. Now in its 17th year, the BWI Airport 4 Mile Run and 2 Mile Family Walk, presented by Northrop Grumman, benefits the children of the Kennedy Krieger Institute Down Syndrome Clinic. Top runners qualify to race in the Peachtree Run in Atlanta, and receive pre-paid, seeded entry, round-trip flights and hotel accommodations.

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Institute receives $99,998 grant to advance lead studies

Researchers at Kennedy Krieger recently received a two-year, $99,998 grant from the Gerber Foundation to explore whether an iron-rich diet can reduce levels of lead in the blood.

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First Training Program in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Located at KKI

Kennedy Krieger has became the first institution in the country to receive approval by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for its training program for physicians specializing in neurodevelopmental disabilities. The category was recognized as a new subspecialty in 1999 by the American Board of Medical Specialties, largely through the efforts of faculty at Kennedy Krieger and Johns Hopkins. The four-year program will serve two trainees per year.

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Dr. Arnold Capute, Father' of Developmental Pediatrics, Dies at Age 80

Dr. Arnold J. Capute, a faculty member at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for nearly forty years, died Nov. 30 at age 80. Dr. Capute devoted most of his career to increasing pediatricians' understanding of neurodevelopmental disabilities, and was instrumental in the creation of the field of Developmental Pediatrics, now called Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.

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Center for Autism and Related Disorders Hosts Annual Conference

Over 200 doctors, parents, psychologists, speech-language pathologists and other professionals attended an October conference sponsored by Kennedy Krieger's Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Designed to foster understanding of the early stages of autism spectrum disorders, the conference focused on exploring the neuropsychology of autism, the importance of early detection and current early intervention strategies.

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Brightside Program provides mentors for children with Down syndrome

While inclusion efforts have helped many children and adolescents with developmental disabilities participate in educational and community settings, some still feel socially isolated from their nondisabled peers. Kennedy Krieger's Brightside Program was developed to build self-esteem and foster relationships among children and adolescents with Down syndrome by creating opportunities for them to learn from young adults with the disorder.

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