Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
On Tuesday, April 24th from
8:30am-4:30pm, the Developmental Disabilities Branch will host a one
day meeting entitled “Partnerships for Developmental Disabilities.”
The goal of this meeting is to bring together partners who continue
to support Developmental Disabilities Branch activities such as the
Metropolitan Atlanta Developmental Disabilities Program (MADDSP),
the Autism Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM) and
the Centers for Autism Developmental Disabilities Research and
Epidemiology (CADDRE) including the Study to Explore Early
Also included in the program were Drs. Janice Brunstrom, Cerebral Palsy Center, St. Louis Missouri (also personally affected) and Mindy Lipson Aisen, United Cerebral Palsy Research and Education Foundation. Developmental Disabilities Branch scientists also provided an overview of current CDC efforts in Cerebral Palsy.
The Marcus Institute offers a new
About the Marcus Institute:
In February the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation Local Initiatives Funding Partners (LIFP) issued its 2008 Call for Proposals. The LIFP is a partnership between the RWJ and local grant makers to fund promising, original projects that "address the health needs of people who are not reached by traditional health and social services, or for whom existing systems are fragmented and insufficient." Projects must be new, innovative, collaborative and community-based, but significant program expansions to new regions or new populations may also be considered. Proposals should be nominated by local grant makers interested in participating as one of the funding partners, working with each grantee to obtain matching funds throughout the grant period. Deadline for applications is July 10, 2007 for awards that begin July 1, 2008. For more about this opportunity, click here.
The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the CDC has announced the appointment of Edwin Trevathan, MD, MPH. Dr. Trevathan, who will join CDC in July, comes from Washington University at the St. Louis School of Medicine, where he serves as professor of neurology and pediatrics and director of the Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology. He is also the Neurologist-in-Chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Dr. Trevathan has conducted epidemiologic studies of childhood epilepsy and developmental disabilities, has directed multi-center clinical trials and has published in clinical pediatric neurology, epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disabilities. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Neurology and is a regular reviewer for several other journals. For more about the work of NCBDDD, go to http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd.
A Senate Health, Education and Labor
Subcommittee Hearing on Autism & Appropriations is anticipated on
April 17. Check the regularly-updated listing of Senate hearings by
clicking here. The Combating Autism Act
authorizes appropriations, but the actual funding to implement the
law will be established by appropriations legislation developed by
House and Senate Subcommittees.
On Saturday, May 19th Autism Speaks and
The Marcus Institute will host the Walk For Autism at Atlantic
Station in Atlanta. Registration begins at 7:30 am on the morning of
the 19th and the walk, approximately 3 miles, commences at 9:00am.
Autism Speaks and The Marcus Institute invite everyone to attend
Whether you are impacted by autism everyday, living with autism or
are committed to this effort. Strollers are welcome, but no pets
please. For more information or to register, visit:
walk with the Developmental Disabilities Branch team, please
The Greater Georgia Chapter of The Autism Society of America will host a two-day conference, April 13-14, 2007, at the Gwinnett Convention Center, focused on providing current resources and information on autism and related disorders. The conference will feature presentations and workshops by top autism professionals, leading researchers and experts on various.
The conference is oriented toward
families, educators and autism professionals who are looking to find
new or better ways to care for the individuals with autism in their
lives. Further, the conference is oriented toward individuals with
autism who are looking for resources which can help them reach their
maximum potential. Past conference attendees were from a diverse
group, including parents, grandparents, individuals with autism,
educators, autism professionals, and students interested in pursuing
a career in fields related to autism. For more information or to
register visit: www.asaga.com .
Don't miss out! Remember
to RSVP for the Second Annual Open House event hosted by the
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
(NCBDDD). The Open House is set for Friday, April 13, 2007 from 9:30
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia (Executive
Park Dr., Building 12, Room 1002 A&B). For more information, click