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May 28, 2008
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January 12, 2006

85th Annual Conference of the Association for Research in Nervous and Mental Disease (ARNMD)

December 1, 2005


December 1, 2005


November 17, 2005

CIBC World Markets Miracle Day-Wednesday, December 7th
Truly a Miracle for NAAR

November 17, 2005

New report links autism to the ‘extreme male brain'
Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen Research

October 20, 2005


October 20, 2005

Gotta Go to Mo's!
Modell's Sporting Goods Launches Company-Wide Footprints Campaign

October 20, 2005

Give Where You Work
Donating has never been easier

October 20, 2005

NAAR Chairwoman and Son Participate in Study
NAAR Chairwoman Participates in Study to Show how Children with Autism Perform on Computerized Tasks

October 20, 2005

Hurricane Wilma
Register with Autism Cares

October 6, 2005

A Place in the World
Living with Adult Autism on ABC News "Nightline" FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2005

October 6, 2005

Welcome to the NAAR Events Calendar
All Events are Listed in Chronological Order.

September 28, 2005

Call for Research Proposals
NAAR Announces Start of New Funding Cycle for Pilot and Grant Awards

September 27, 2005

Board of Trustees Elects New Board Chairperson

September 8, 2005

Complex Gene Interactions Account for Autism Risk Chromosome 15/GABA Receptor Genes Discovery

September 8, 2005

Hurricane Katrina: NAAR's Call to Action

August 15, 2005

Is autism an extreme of the male condition?
Editorial of the New York Times article "The Male Condition"

August 4, 2005

Multiple Genetic 'Flavors' May Explain Autism
Chromosome 17 Discovery

August 4, 2005

Honors for Exceptional NAAR Advocates
Exceptional Parent Magazine holds Disability Awareness Night

August 4, 2005

1-Year-Olds Can Show Traits Of Autism, UW Study Finds
NAAR Researcher Highlighted

July 25, 2005

A letter from NAAR's Chairwoman
Prisca Chen Marvin

July 21, 2005

NAAR Youth Leader Wins National Recognition
Stephanie Davis Wins Award

July 20, 2005

Shake, Rattle and Roll
Autism Awareness is on the menu at T.G.I. Friday's

July 15, 2005

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
NAAR is Featured on ABC Hit Show

July 11, 2005

NAAR Commits an Additional $8.3 Million to Autism Research
NAAR Awards Include Nearly $6.5 Million in Funding to 41 Pilot studies and 21 Fellowship Applications in 2005

July 1, 2005

Banding Together for Autism
NAAR Wristbands Support Research

July 1, 2005

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

June 30, 2005

Pharmaceutical Industry & NAAR
The Truth About NAAR's relationship with the Pharmaceutical Industry and Vaccine Research Focusing on Autism

June 30, 2005

Running for a Reason
New England Father Raises $12,000 for Autism Research

June 27, 2005

2005 London Award
3rd Annual Award Honors 3 Extraordinary Volunteers

June 27, 2005

Pounding the Pavement with Purpose
Five Communities Raise Nearly $1 Million for NAAR

June 27, 2005

2005 Science Service Award

June 24, 2005

How Young Is Too Young To Diagnose Autism?
The Wall Street Journal article June 5th, 2005, “How Young Is Too Young To Diagnose Autism”.

June 9, 2005

A Weekend for Walking
Four Communities Raise Awareness and Dollars with Walk F.A.R. for NAAR

June 9, 2005

ATA Kicks F.A.R. for NAAR

June 9, 2005

Huggable Heroes
Build-a-Bear Workshop Helps Support Autism Research

May 31, 2005

Combating Autism Act of 2005 Update
NAAR and Other Autism Advocates Applaud Introduction of Landmark Legislation

May 31, 2005

Parents as Partners in Research
How to Participate in the Largest Autism Genetic Research Project

May 13, 2005

T.J. MAXX Footprint Campaign Success!
Footprint Campaign Raises Over $750,000

May 13, 2005

IMFAR Conference Highlights
Researchers Come Together to Discuss Autism

May 6, 2005

Baby Sibs Research is Highlighted
Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum Discusses Preliminary Findings

April 21, 2005

Autism Action Alert
Combating Autism Act of 2005

April 18, 2005

Parents As Partners In Research Information
Bringing Parents and Researchers Together

April 7, 2005

Your Opinion Matters!
Let Us Know What You Think

March 31, 2005

Build-A-Bear Supports Research
Teams Up With NAAR for Autism Awareness Month

March 31, 2005

ATA Kicks F.A.R. for NAAR
Join the Team & Make a Difference

March 31, 2005

Parents as Partners in Research Grows
New Projects & Sites Added Throughout the Country

March 23, 2005

Examining Autism Prevalence
NAAR-funded Researcher Leads New Study

March 23, 2005

Taking Big Steps to Advance Research
Footprints Campaign at T.J. Maxx is Well Underway

March 8, 2005

Baby Sibs Collaboration Under Way
NAAR & NIH Launch New Partnership Focusing on Behavioral Sciences

March 8, 2005

Baby Sibs Research Helps Earlier Diagnosis
NAAR-Funded Infant Siblings Studies Lead to Major Advance in Earlier Diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Disorders

March 8, 2005

Newsweek: Baby Sibling Research
NAAR Program Focus of Feb. 28th Cover Story

February 22, 2005

MSNBC Autism Poll: What's Behind the Rise?
Take the Survey & View National Results

February 17, 2005

NBC Networks to Focus on Autism
NAAR Research Highlighted
February 17, 2005

February 17, 2005

NAAR Staffer is an Olympic Hopeful
Rising Star on the Cover of National Publication

February 17, 2005

A New Walk Season Begins
Austin, TX Walk Kicks Off 2005 Events

January 21, 2005

Finding an Animal Model for Language Development
UCLA's Stephanie White Focuses on Songbirds & FOXP Genes

January 21, 2005

CNBC's Bill Griffeth Builds Support for Research
Power Lunch co-host Represents NAAR in PC Competition

January 19, 2005

NAAR Partners on Autism Tissue Program Lecture Series
Renowned Investigators Featured in Pittsburgh, New York and St. Louis

January 13, 2005

NIH Partners on Language & Communications
Focus on Examining Developmental Trajectories & Developing Evidence-based Interventions for Autism

December 14, 2004

NAAR Fosters International Research Partnership
Public & Private Sectors Provide More Than $21 million in Funding For the Search of Autism Genes

December 9, 2004

DoD Accepting Research Proposals
Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program

December 8, 2004

Walk F.A.R. Goes Abroad in 2005
New Walk Events in NYC, London and Toronto

December 8, 2004

Two New ATP Studies Published
Focus on Neuropathology of Autism

December 8, 2004

FY 2005 Appropriations Update
Congress Sends Funding Bill to the White House

November 15, 2004

NAAR Announces Tri-State Lecture Series
Toxicology, Genes, Language and Diet Therapy Are the Focus of First Event on Nov. 21

November 5, 2004

2004 National Young Leadership Awards
The National Alliance for Autism Research is Proud to Announce our Award Recipients

November 5, 2004

NAAR Partners with WHO to Examine Vaccine Research
Commits $25,000 to Co-Fund Review of Literature

November 5, 2004

Governmental Affairs Update
A Report on What We Asked Congress For and What We Got

October 26, 2004

Long Island Walk Raises Over $1.2 Million
LI Raises the Bar with the Largest Single Day Autism Walk Event in History

October 26, 2004

Give Where You Work
Donating Through CFC and United Way, Made Easy

October 22, 2004

The Seaver Center for Autism Research and Treatment, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY
Clinical research projects currently seeking participants:

October 22, 2004

New Jersey Language & Autism Genetics Study (NJLAGS), Newark, NJ
Clinical research projects currently seeking participants:

October 22, 2004

Autism Tissue Program, Princeton, NJ
Clinical research projects currently seeking participants:

October 22, 2004

Criteria for Parents as Partners in Research
Qualifying Research Criteria

October 22, 2004

The Autism Center at UMDNJ, Newark, NJ
Answers for Autism Survey

October 22, 2004
NAAR Partners on New CDC Awareness Campaign
Learn the Signs, Act Early Aimed at Early Detection of Autism & Other Developmental Disorders

October 1, 2004

What a Difference a Decade Makes!
NAAR Celebrates 10 Years of Progress & A Future of Promise

September 29, 2004

Ireland Joins NAAR Autism Genome Project
Irish Department of Health & Children Commits $6.1 million to Collaborative Effort

September 20, 2004

Walk F.A.R. for NAAR's Fall Season Begins

September 13, 2004

Florida Walks Have Some Unexpected Participants…Charley and Frances
SW Florida Walk Committee Perseveres

September 13, 2004

Autistic Children Help Out At Local NAAR Office
by Miranda Gibbons

September 13, 2004

Walk F.A.R. for NAAR Goes Canadian!
NAAR Schedules Inaugural Toronto Walk

September 9, 2004

NAAR Chair Named to NIH Neurology Council
Prisca Marvin Joins NINDS Advisory Board

September 1, 2004

Tune in to
Dan Marino Foundation Launches First Web Channel for Autism

September 1, 2004

Parents as Partners in Research
An Extraordinary Story of Hope

August 24, 2004

Miss New Jersey is Walking FAR
Erica Lynne Scanlon Serving as Honorary New Jersey Walk Chair

August 17, 2004

TGI Friday's is Leaving a Lasting Imprint
Bartender Competition & Footprints Benefit NAAR

August 4, 2004

Aidan Quinn Stars in Miracle Run
Lifetime Original Movie Premieres Aug. 9 & Focuses on Autism

August 2, 2004

Parents As Partners In Research Information
Bringing Parents and Researchers Together

August 2, 2004

Parents As Partners In Research: Projects
Clinical research projects currently seeking participants.

August 1, 2004

Accelerating the Pace of Autism Research

July 19, 2004

NAAR Launches Largest Autism Genetics
The NAAR Autism Genome Project is Using DNA Array Technology to Scan the Human Genome & Includes 1,500 Families in the Search for the Genes Associated with the Disorder

July 7, 2004

NAAR Commits Over $6 million to Research
2004 Awards Include 40 Pilot Studies & Fellowships and Two Collaborative Projects Focusing on Genetics & Neuropathology

June 18, 2004

Boston Marathoner Runs for NAAR
Woburn resident Peter Hanson Raises Over $13,000 for Autism Research at 108th Running of Boston Marathon

June 11, 2004

NAAR-Funded Researcher Co-Authors Study
Focus on Neuronal Circuitry and Autism

June 11, 2004

Spring Walks Raise $1.8 Million and Climbing
More Than 15,000 Walk FAR for NAAR and Raise Funds for Autism Research

June 11, 2004

Online Auction Benefits NAAR
WROR in Boston Sponsors Online Event

June 1, 2004

Wachovia Supports Autism Research
Footprints Being Sold at South Jersey Branches in Camden, Gloucester and Burlington Counties

May 31, 2004

Magruder's & NAAR Team Up
Magruder's Supermarkets are Selling Footprints at 11 Stores in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia

May 19, 2004

IOM Reports on Vaccines and Autism
Latest Study Finds No Association
May 19, 2004

May 7, 2004

T.J. Maxx Footprints Program Raises $579,179 !
National Retailer Sells Over 500,000 Footprints for Autism Research

March 26, 2004

Office Depot & NAAR Promotes Autism Awareness
Educational Campaign Educates Customers in 900 Stores Throughout North America

March 25, 2004

NAAR-funded Study on EN2 Gene Published
Study Co-Authored by Dr. James Millonig & Dr. Linda Brzustowicz Suggests Potential Link to Cerebellum and Autism

March 19, 2004

NAAR Fellow Making His Way
Jacob McCauley, of Vanderbilt, is Lead Author of Two Publications in Press

March 19, 2004

NAAR Earns National Press
NAAR and NAAR-Funded Researchers Featured in Wall Street Journal & New York Times

March 19, 2004
T.J. Maxx Benefits NAAR & Autism Research
"You Should Go" is More Than a Slogan, It's a Call to Action!

January 22, 2004

NAAR-Funded Researcher Co-Authors Publication
Trinity College Study Focuses on Autism Genetics in Ireland

January 22, 2004

NAAR Featured in USA Today
Andy Shih, Ph.D., NAAR's Director of Research & Programs, is Interviewed

January 9, 2004

NAAR-Funded Study Hailed
Dr. Guinevere Eden's fMRI Study on Hyperlexia is Published in the Journal, Neuron

December 10, 2003

CDC Website on Vaccines & Autism
New Webpages are a Useful Resource for Parents and Professionals

December 5, 2003

Senator Clinton Speaks at NAAR Luncheon
Million-Dollar Gift Announced

December 3, 2003

NAAR Debuts New E-Newsletter
Walk E-Newsletter Coming Soon!

November 19, 2003

Major Public/Private Autism Research Partnerships Announced
National Alliance for Autism Research & NIH Collaborations Focus on Genetics and Behavioral Science

November 7, 2003

NAAR-Funded Researchers Announce Finding
UMDNJ Researchers James Millonig & Linda Brzustowicz Investigating Potential Cerebellum-Autism Link

November 6, 2003

NAAR & CIHR Co-Fund Canadian Research Program
Collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fosters the Next Generation of Autism Researchers in Canada

November 4, 2003

NAAR Supports North Shore Autism Conference
NAAR-funded Researchers Playing Key Role in "Defining the Boundaries of the Autism Spectrum Disorders" Conference Presented by North Shore - Long Island Jewish Health System

October 30, 2003

Rutgers Investigator Earns NIH Grant
Dr. Linda Brzustowicz Leveraged Data from her 2001 NAAR-funded Pilot Study into a $3.7 Million Grant to Focus on Genetics of Autism

October 28, 2003

Long Island Walk Raises Over $1 Million
New England Chapter Also Hits Million Dollar Mark as 2003 Walks Generate $6 Million for Biomedical Research

October 16, 2003

2003 NAAR Pre-Doctoral Fellow Conducting Autism Survey
Parents Input Requested for Research Inquiry

October 15, 2003

Mt. Sinai Sponsors Autism Symposium
NAAR Playing Key Role in Meeting Set for Nov. 2

October 7, 2003

TGI Friday's Bartender Event Benefits NAAR
More Events to Benefit NAAR & Autism Research Planned for 2004

October 3, 2003

James Brown Performs Autism Benefit
Ermenegildo Zegna and Italian Trade Commission Sponsor Benefit for NAAR and CCCD

September 18, 2003

NAAR Active in Federal Autism Initiatives
Aiding in the Development of Upcoming Autism Summit and New Online Resource for the Autism Community

September 9, 2003

NAAR-Funded Study Examines X Chromosome
Researcher David Skuse, M.D., Ph.D., Presents NAAR-funded Research at British Scientific Conference

August 20, 2003

NAAR Taking Part in 2003 WCD
Will Attend 4th Annual World Congress & Exposition on Disabilitiies in September

July 15, 2003

NAAR Names First CEO
Glenn R. Tringali Appointed as the Organization's First Chief Executive

July 14, 2003

Boston Marathoner Runs for NAAR
Woburn resident Peter Hanson Raises Over $9,000 for Autism Research at Boston Marathon

June 16, 2003

NAAR Commits Nearly $5 million to Research in 2003 !!!
2003 Research Awards Include 35 Pilot Studies & 15 Mentor-based Fellowships & Training Programs

June 14, 2003

Iowa Shines for NAAR
Wraps Up NAAR's Spring Walk F.A.R. for NAAR Campaign

June 6, 2003

NAAR Honors Neiman Marcus President & CEO
More than 450 Guests Attend Gala Honoring Burton M. Tansky, President & CEO of the Neiman Marcus Group, at NAAR Benefit in Manhattan

June 6, 2003

The news is in - and it's great!
Over $1.2 million raised this weekend

May 19, 2003

Pittsburgh Shoots Par for NAAR
Nets Nearly $50,000 at Golf Classic

May 18, 2003

Half-million dollar Sunday
Walk F.A.R. for NAAR success continues

May 10, 2003

Inaugural North Carolina WALK
Almost $100,000 was raised through the event!

May 5, 2003

NAAR Commits Nearly $1 Million to Fund Mentor-Based Fellowships
2003 Funding Includes 13 Pre- and Post-Doctoral Autism Fellowships in the U.S., Canada & Europe and Two Collaborative Training Programs in Canada

April 14, 2003

NAAR Volunteers Ask Legislators to Increase Federal Support for Autism Research at NIH & CDC
NAAR Volunteers Meet With Legislators

April 11, 2003

NAAR Pilot Study Leads to Major Advance
Early Funding Helps Duke Researchers Develop Novel Approach in the Genetic Search for the Cause of Autism.

April 3, 2003

Office Depot & NAAR Promote Autism Awareness
In-Store Awareness Campaign Takes Place in April and Supports Research

March 11, 2003

Pharmaceutical Industry & NAAR
The truth about NAAR's relationship with the pharmaceutical industry and vaccine research focusing on autism.

January 21, 2003

NAAR Autism Poll Show Americans Want More Action on Autism
Americans Call for More Research, Funding & Information as a Large Majority of the American General Public Say Autism is a Serious Problem

January 20, 2003

NAAR Featured on NPR's Talk of the Nation on Jan. 24
Andy Shih, Ph.D. & Susan Folstein, M.D. will discuss the latest in autism research

December 31, 2002

New CDC Prevalence Study for Greater Atlanta Area
Results Published in Journal of the American Medical Association Show Increased Prevalence for Autism in Greater Atlanta

December 23, 2002

NAAR Funds New Initiative to Expand Autism Tissue Program
Program Unites ASA, Organ Procurement Groups and Medical Examiner's Offices to Increase Availability of Post-Mortem Brain Tissue for Autism Research

December 21, 2002

Welcome to NAAR's Events Calendar
Upcoming events include Temple Grandin Re-Scheduled for Denver; Eric London in Atlanta; an Asperger's talk in Long Island, Andy Shih in Seattle and Autism Awareness Day at Shea with the NY Mets.

November 7, 2002

NAAR-funded Study on MMR & Autism Reports No Association Between Controversial Vaccine and Autism
Results of Danish Study to be Published in New England Journal of Medicine Nov. 7

October 22, 2002

NAAR Funding Played Key Role in Yale Child Study Center
NAAR funding for pilot studies at the Child Study Center at Yale University School of Medicine.

October 14, 2002

National Alliance for Autism Research Announce New Project to Identify
Renowned Scientists Eric Lander, Ph.D. & David Skuse, M.D., Ph.D. Team Up to Lead the Study

July 3, 2002

National Alliance for Autism Research Honors NYSE Chairman & CEO Dick Grasso
Gala Raises More Than $630,000 for Autism Research

June 19, 2002

National Alliance for Autism Research Announces 2002 Research Awards
Commits More Than $4 million to Autism Research to Fund Over Three Dozen Projects

February 2, 2002

National Alliance for Autism Research Funds New Website on the Genetics of Autism
NAAR Helps Duke & Tufts Launch

March 1, 2001

Two Candidate Genes for Autism Identified in NAAR-Funded Research Projects
In a remarkable six-month period, we have seen the publication of two NAAR-funded studies that have identified "candidate" genes for autism.

February 23, 2000

NLM Family Foundation Helps Kick Off $7.5 Million Matching Gift Campaign for Autism Reseach
$1 Million Challenge Grant Supports National Alliance For Autism Research