Special Conference Gives Parents/Professionals Current Research Findings in Autism

April 5, 2001
Kennedy Krieger Institute Presents "Current Research Findings in Autism"

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Special Needs Children Showcase Artistic Talent at Local Art Center

May 11, 2001
Children with Difficulty Communicating Verbally Voice Themselves Through Artistic Expression

BALTIMORE, MD - Students from the Kennedy Krieger Institute's lower and middle schools and LEAP program (for children with autism), will be showcasing over 50 pieces of original artwork in a special show at the Chesapeake Center for Creative Arts from May 18- June 1. The exhibit will consist of drawings, paintings and three-dimensional pieces including kites, masks and painted shoes.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Study Finds Molecular Abnormalities in Brains of People with Autism

November 13, 2001
Findings suggest possibility for diagnosis, treatment

BALTIMORE, MD - In a study to be published today in the journal Neurology, researchers at Kennedy Krieger Institute have identified molecular abnormalities in brain samples of individuals with autism using the new technology, microarray analysis.

Kennedy Krieger Institute and NIMH Study Finds an Anti-Psychotic Medication Useful in Treating Behavioral Disturbances in Children with Autism

August 1, 2002
Findings Published in the New England Journal of Medicine

BALTIMORE, MD - Researchers at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins Hospital and seven other research facilities around the country have found that one of a newer class of anti-psychotic medications was successful and well-tolerated for the treatment of serious behavioral disturbances associated with autism in children ages 5 to 17. The findings of the eight-week, placebo-controlled, clinical trial were published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

New Data Show Half Of All Children With Autism Wander And Bolt From Safe Places

April 20, 2011
Interactive Autism Network releases findings on critical safety issue, launches new research survey on pregnancy

(Baltimore, MD) – Today, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN),, the nation’s largest online autism research project, reveals the preliminary results of the first major survey on wandering and elopement among individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and announces the launch of a new research survey on the association between pregnancy factors and ASD.

The Study of Epigenetics


Are your genes turned on?

When scientists began The Human Genome Project in the early 1990s, their hope was to discover and interpret the entire blueprint for life, to decode not only how the human body is put together, but also to find the genetic cause and cure for every disease. Imagine their surprise when they discovered not the anticipated 100,000 genes, but rather 20,000 genes making up the human genome—about the same as that of fish and mice, and less than many plants!

Aidan and Colin's Story

The playground is a symbol of childhood, a dream of brightly colored slides and ladders, merry-go-rounds and swings. But for some children, like Aidan Gaiser, playgrounds don’t hold the promise of fun.

The playground is a symbol of childhood, a dream of brightly colored slides and ladders, merry-go-rounds and swings. But for some children, like Aidan Gaiser, playgrounds don’t hold the promise of fun. When Aidan was a toddler, he would hover at the edge of the playground, not sure how to play.

His hesitation was a sign of a bigger issue. For his age, Aidan seemed like most children. He knew about seven words, he responded when someone said his name, and he was developing very typically. But then he started to regress, and at 22 months old, he was diagnosed with autism.

NIH Autism Center of Excellence Network Announces Launch of Most Comprehensive Study of Earliest Possible Causes of Autism

The Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, along with other leading autism research centers, are partnering to participate in one of the largest research studies of its kind to investigate early risk factors for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The network, called the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI), will follow a cohort of up to 1,200 pregnant women who already have a child with autism.

New Study Pinpoints Difference

(Baltimore, MD) — Researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have collaborated to uncover important new insights into the neurological basis of autism. Their new study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, examined patterns of movement as children with autism and typically developing children learned to control a novel tool. The findings suggest that children with autism appear to learn new actions differently than do typically developing children.

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