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Joint Statement from Autism Speaks, Cure Autism Now and the National Alliance for Autism Research

07/01/05
April 23, 2007


Questions continue to be raised by those within the autism community, general public and media as to whether there is a link between mercury, vaccines, and autism. In some instances, there have been mischaracterizations of the actual view(s) and positions the leading autism research organizations have on this issue. The following statement represents the current thinking by Autism Speaks, Cure Autism Now (CAN) and the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR):

Joint Statement from Autism Speaks, Cure Autism Now and the National Alliance for Autism Research

Every 20 minutes, another family receives the devastating news that their child has autism, a lifelong neurological disorder that impairs cognition and communication, as well as social and motor behaviors. Autism has reached alarming rates, today affecting one in every 166 children.

Current research indicates that autism has a strong genetic component and may be triggered by environmental factors. Mercury, including the preservative thimerosal, is among the environmental factors currently under scientific investigation. Cure Autism Now (CAN), Autism Speaks andthe National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) will support and fund research that investigates all theories surrounding potential causes of autism, including whether there is a link between mercury and autism, and we invite researchers to submit proposals in this area.

NAAR, CAN and Autism Speaks are dedicated to uncovering the biology of autism and developing effective biomedical treatments through research funding. Together, our organizations are guided by an uncompromising passion to understand this complex disorder and hasten the discovery of a cure.

Bob Wright
Board Chair, Autism Speaks
(Grandparent of a Child with Autism)

Sallie Bernard
Board Chair, Cure Autism Now
(Mother of a Child with Autism)

Prisca Chen Marvin
Board Chair, National Alliance for Autism Research
(Mother of a Child with Autism)