Archived | National Alliance For Autism Research (NAAR): 1998 Awards | #AutisticHistory #NotAnAutisticAlly


1998 Awards (NAAR) 

In 1998, NAAR committed approximately $500,000 in its second year of funding autism research projects and marked the establishment of NAAR’s Mentor-based fellowship program. In 1998, NAAR funded 10 pilot studies and 2 mentor-based fellowships in the United States and Canada.

Additionally, NAAR was instrumental in funding and establishing the Autism Tissue Program in 1998, a brain tissue donation program dedicated to autism research. NAAR also attracted its first Research Partners and Research Patrons in 1998, which are listed below.

David G. Amaral, Ph.D. 
University of California-Davis, Davis, CA
“Magnetic Resonance Imaging & Postmortem Neuroanatomical Evaluation of the Amygdaloid Complex in Autism”
Two-Year Award: $60,000 
Research Partner: Autism Society of Cincinnati

Charles N. Cartwright, M.D. 
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY 
NAAR/Bristol-Myers Squibb Research Fellowship in Autism and Neuropharmacology.
Two-Year Award: $120,000

Pam Factor-Litvak, Ph.D.
Columbia University School of Health, New York, NY 
“Autism & Hazardous Waste Sites: An Ecological Study in New Jersey”
Award Amount: $51,956
Research Partner: An Evening At High Point, hosted by Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi

Wendy R. Kates, Ph.D. 
Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD
“Neuroanatomic and Neurocognitive Differences Between MZ Twins Discordant for the Narrow Phenotype for Autism”
Award Amount: $58,546
Research Patron: Autism Society of America Foundation

Yves Lamarre, MD, Ph.D. 
Center for Research in the Neurological Sciences, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
“Cerebellar and Cerebral Local Field Potential Oscillations. Relation with Attention and Movement”
Award Amount: $46,860
Research Patron: Audrey Flack and H. Robert Marcus, on behalf of the Autism Society of America Foundation

Rebecca Landa, Ph.D.
The Kennedy-Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD
“Core Deficits of Autism: Evidence from Infant Siblings of Autistic Probands”
Two Year Award: $60,000
Research Partner: Friends and Family of Max LaZebnik Research
Patron: Friends and Family of Kayli Phifer (Year 2)

Rebecca Landa, Ph.D.
The Kennedy-Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD
David Zee, MD
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
“The Visual System in Autism: Relations between Oculomotor and Higher Cognitive Functions”
Two-Year Award: $60,000
First Year Research Partner: The Leigh Foundation
Second Year Research Partner: Toys R Us

Anne Messer, Ph.D.
Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY
“Manipulating the Differentiation and Survival of Cerebellar Purkinje Cells”
One-Year Award: $29,920

Katherine D. Tsatsanis, Ph.D.
Yale University Child Study Center, New Haven, CT
Roland D. Ciaranello, M.D.
Memorial Fellowship in Basic Research.
Two-Year Award: $100,000

Christopher A. Walsh, MD, Ph.D
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
“Positional Identification of the Chromosome 15q11-13 Autism Locus”
Award Amount: $58,872
Research Patron: Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation

Patricia M. Whitaker-Amitia, Ph.D.
State University of New York at Stony Brook
“Autoregulation of Serotonin Development”
Award Amount: $60,000
Research Patron: Norma and Malcolm Baker

Andrew W. Zimmerman, MD
Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD
“The Role of Neural Cell Adhesion Molecule in Autism”
Award Amount: $30,000
Research Partner: Solving the Mystery of Autism Foundation, Inc.


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Note/Warning:

Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.


The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.


Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.


[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]


Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.


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