Autism experts affiliated with the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) will be featured on this week's edition of National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation Science Friday airing Friday, Jan. 24 from 3 - 4 p.m. (EST)
Guests include Dr. Andy Shih, NAAR's director of Research & Programs, and Dr. Susan Folstein, of Tufts/New England Medical Center and coordinator of the NAAR-funded Autism Genetics Cooperative. Also joining the program will be Dr. Neal Halsey, director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Halsey is not affiliated with NAAR.
The program is scheduled to focus on the rising prevalence of autism spectrum disorders and the latest research focusing on determining the causes of autism.
Established in 1994, the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) is the first non-profit organization in the country dedicated to funding and accelerating biomedical research for autism spectrum disorders. The organization was established by parents of children with autism concerned about the limited amount of funding for autism research. To date, NAAR has committed nearly $30 million in grants for biomedical research projects worldwide that seek to find the causes, prevention, effective treatments and, ultimately, cure for autism spectrum disorders. Walk for Autism Research is the organization's signature fundraising and autism awareness event, which is held annually in numerous communities across the United States. Additionally, NAAR was instrumental in establishing the Autism Tissue Program, a parent-led brain tissue donation program for autism research.