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January 26, 2012

Career Development Awards from NIH Encourage Research

Every year, in an effort to encourage medical research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants funding to clinicians interested in focusing their careers on research. These awards require them to spend a minimum of 75 percent of their efforts on research activities. In 2002, the NIH granted 3,000 awards, totaling more than $400 million, to researchers across the country. Nearly $1 million was granted to several scientists at Kennedy Krieger and its Atlanta affiliate, Marcus Institute.

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921-2009)

Eunice Kennedy ShriverHere at the Kennedy Krieger Institute we mourn the loss of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy and founder of the Special Olympics. She was an advocate for people with special needs, and her relentless work on their behalf changed the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world.

Institute's Chief Medical Officer Honored

Dr. Michael V. Johnston, executive vice president and chief medical officer of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, was recently honored with the Bernard Sachs Award for his critical research. This award, presented by the Child Neurology Society, is granted to someone of international status who has done leading research in neuroscience with relevance to the care of children with neurological disorders.

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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.

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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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Kennedy Krieger Brain Cancer Research Receives Proceeds from Golf Tournament

A golf tournament held October 2 in Exeter, Pennsylvania netted $8,500 for Kennedy Krieger researcher Dr. John Laterra's brain tumor studies. The tournament was organized by Lisa DeLeo, whose late fiancé Steve Mabry was treated for brain cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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Institute's Dr. Frank Pidcock to Lecture in Japan

The Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine has invited Kennedy Krieger's Dr. Frank Pidcock to be a Traveling Fellow for 2005. Dr. Pidcock will head to Japan in August

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