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Newsweek: Baby Sibling Research

NAAR Program Focus of Feb. 28th Cover Story
April 23, 2007

NAAR's High Risk Baby Sibling Autism Research Project is the focus of the Feb. 28th cover story in Newsweek magazine.

The story calls the baby siblings research project “some of the most exciting new work” taking place in the field of autism research. The project, a partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), focuses on early detection and diagnosis.

Several NAAR-funded researchers taking part in the High Risk Baby Sibling Autism Research Projectare mentioned in the Newsweek story, including Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario; Dr. Susan Bryson, of IWK Health Centre/Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Dr. Wendy Stone, of Vanderbilt University; Dr. Catherine Lord, of the University of Michigan; Dr. Ami Klin, of Yale Child Study Center; Dr. Margaret Bauman of Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital; and Dr. Rebecca Landa, of Kennedy Krieger Institute – as well as Dr. Robert Schultz, of Yale, who serves as mentor to two NAAR fellows. In addition, Andy Shih, Ph.D., NAAR's chief science officer, was also interviewed for the story.

NAAR played an instrumental role in helping Newsweek photo editors find a family willing to be photographed for the cover. Consequently, the family selected for the cover is from Tennessee and taking part in the research through Dr. Stone's lab. This edition of Newsweek is scheduled to hit newsstands this week. NAAR thanks volunteers Christine Bakter, chair of the Central NJ Walk, and Lynn Dwyer, co-chair of the Western MA Walk, for their willingness to speak with Newsweek photo editors, who considered their families for the cover. NAAR also thanks the Lanning family for taking part in the photo shoot and allowing their daughter, Lauren, to be featured on the cover of the magazine.

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.