Archived | Autism Speaks Weekly News: Meeting Focuses on Sleep, Nutrition and Metabolism Studies | Circa April 22, 2010

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Autism Speaks Announces New Research Grant Opportunities

Autism Speaks is pleased to release its latest funding opportunities for researchers: Pilot and Trailblazer grants. Pilot grants are intended to draw new investigators into autism research and allow them to collect preliminary data to show the plausibility of an innovative area of exploration. Trailblazer grants support highly novel “out of the box” autism-relevant research that addresses significant roadblocks or that can open new avenues to understanding autism.

Over $1 Million Raised at Weekend Walks and Triathlon

The 2010 Walk Now for Autism spring season continued with four successful events in Broward CountyLehigh ValleySonoma and West Texas. More than 22,000 people participated, raising nearly $936,000. Additionally, the Bethesda Triathlon, in its eighth year, brought in almost $120,000.

Meeting Focuses on Sleep, Nutrition and Metabolism Studies

The Autism Intervention Research Network for Physical Health (AIR-P) held its second investigators’ meeting April 13-14. Autism Speaks’ ATN Clinical Coordinating Center, which serves as the project lead for the AIR-P, hosted the participants who discussed new and on-going research projects in sleep, nutrition, and metabolism.

Kansas Becomes the 18th State to Enact Autism Insurance Reform

Kansas, this week, became the 18th state in the country to enact autism insurance reform legislation, but the first to enact it in such a limited form. While the law, which only covers state employees, starts Kansas on the path towards ending insurance discrimination against all individuals with autism, it falls short of creating real autism insurance reform. Autism Speaks will work to expand this law in the next legislative session. 

Autism SpeaksU’s April Fundraising Events Get an A+

Autism SpeaksU kicked off Autism Awareness Month with fundraising events led by college students nationwide. Return successes included 5k race/3k walk events at Penn State University and The University of Maryland, while New Mexico Highland University and Curry College created new fundraising traditions.

In Their Own Words – Petting Cows and Sky Diving

Her older son dreams that he can fly. Her younger son, who has autism, dreams about farms, petting cows and skydiving. In this week’s “In Their Own Words,” a mother’s conversation with her sons about dreams and nightmares reminds her that when her son’s world seems haunted by autism, she can replace that fear by dreaming about him being safe and happy.

Coming Soon

April 24 
Colorado Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Commerce City, Colo.) 
Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Pasadena, Calif.) 

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