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Autism Speaks Announces New Appointments to Scientific Advisory Committee

October 14, 2009

Autism Speaks announces the appointments of Douglas Wallace, Ph.D. and Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D. to its Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), a group of medical and scientific experts responsible for providing input on research priorities and strategic direction to the science program of Autism Speaks.

Dr. Wallace is the Donald Bren Professor of Molecular Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of California at Irvine, where he oversees a large research program focused on mitochondrial metabolism and genetics. Dr. Wallace is one of the world's foremost thinkers on the role of mitochondria in disease. He served as Scientific Chairman of United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation's 2008-2009 annual meeting and was elected to the memberships of the National Academy of Sciences in 1995 and the Institute of Medicine in 2009.

Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola is Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities (CRHD) at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola has over 30 years of experience working in the fields of world health and minority mental health as a clinician, researcher and advocate. He is the Coordinator of the WHO World Mental Health (WMH) Consortium for Latin America and the Caribbean and has received numerous awards for his work with health disparities in underserved populations.

"We are extremely pleased to have Drs. Wallace and Aguilar-Gaxiola join Autism Speaks Scientific Advisory Committee," said Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer for Autism Speaks, "Their expertise in metabolic disorders and global public health will be very helpful in our decision making regarding research funding."

View bio information of the full SAC membership here.