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New York, N.Y. (October 13, 2011) – Autism Speaks, North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, has named Joseph Patrick Horrigan, M.D., FAACAP to the newly created position of assistant vice president, head of medical research. He will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s expanding medical research and training portfolio, which is focused on medical treatments and clinical trials research with the goal of improving outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Dr.
Many opportunities are available for families to participate in autism research. You can join a clinical trial, enroll in a research study, contribute to our rich genetic database or participate online by adding your family information to a research database. Nearly 90 percent of children with cancer are enrolled in clinical trials--contrasted with only 5 percent of children with autism. Your participation can make a difference in the lives of all who struggle with autism.