Cure Autism Now Board Of Directors, Honorary Board, AGRE Steering Committee & More | 2000 #AutisticHistory

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Portia E. Iversen  President (parent) 

Jonathan Shestack Vice President, Treasurer (parent)

Ricki Robinson, M.D.  Medical Liaison (parent) 

Ellen Bolte  Secretary (parent) 

Sallie Bernard   Board Member (parent) 

Andrea Bertrand  Board Member (parent)

Anthony Edwards  Board Member 

Elizabeth Emken  Board Member (parent)

Nanci Fredkin  Board Member

George Jones  Board Member (parent) 

Jonathan Kaunitz, M.D.  Board Member (parent) 

Marianne Lynch  Board Member (parent) 

Jerome Shestack, Esq  Board member (grandparent) 



Leah Rabin, Humanitarian 

Maya Angelou, Author, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 

Rene Russo, Actress 

Donna Williams, Author, Nobody Nowhere and other books 

(Note: Donna Williams was Autistic and part of Autism Network International. Please learn more about them.)

The Honorable Steven R. Rothman Congressman (D-9th NJ) 

The Honorable Marge Roukema Congresswomen (R-5th NJ) 

The Honorable Jackie Goldberg Los Angeles Councilwoman



      The Cure Autism Now Scientific Advisory Board is made up of active leaders in the scientific community, representing fields which are highly relevant to autism research such as neurodevelopmental biology, neurology, neuroimaging, learning and cognition, immunology, genetics, biochemistry, and pharmacology.

They have all made outstanding contributions in their own fields and we are proud to have them turning their talents towards autism. These professionals review research proposals for CAN funded grants as well as work together to suggest further research projects leading towards direct clinical application. 


W. Ian Lipkin, M.D., 
Chair, Cure Autism Now Scientific Advisory Board

Professor Neurology; Anatomy & Neurobiology; Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
UCI-Markey Program in Human Neurobiology
University of California, Irvine

David Amaral, Ph.D
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
UCD Center for Neuroscience

Ira Black, M.D.
Professor and Chair Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology

Ralph Bradshaw, Ph.D.
Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Department of Physiology & Biophysics
University of California, Irvine

Diane Chugani, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Radiology
Wayne State University

Edwin H. Cook, Jr., M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Director, Laboratory of Developmental Neuroscience
University of Chicago – Department of Psychiatry

Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology and
Center on Human Development and Disability
University of Washington

Salvatore DiMauro, M.D.
Professor of Neurology, College of Physicians and Surgeons
Department of Neurology
Columbia University, New York

Robert Edwards, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology & Physiology
UCSF School of Medicine

Fred Gage. Ph.D.
Professor, Laboratory of Genetics
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Dan Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Director of Neurogenetics Program
UCLA School of Medicine 
Reed Neurological Research Center

Christopher Gillberg, M.D. 
Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 
University of Gšteborg, Annedals Clinic

William T. Greenough, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Cell and Structural Biology
Beckman Institute, Center for Advanced Study
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Hilary Koprowski, M.D.
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia

John Mazziotta, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Neurology, Director, Brain Mapping Division
Reed Neurology Research Center
UCLA School of Medicine

Susan K. McConnell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Stanford University
Department of Biological Sciences

Bruce McEwen, Ph.D.
Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology
President, Society for Neuroscience
Rockefeller University

Jim McGaugh, Ph.D.
Director of the Center of the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
300 Qureshey Research Laboratory
University of California, Irvine

Bruce Miller, M.D.
Professor Department of Neurology
UCSF/Mt. Zion Medical Center
University of California, San Francisco

Nancy J. Minshew, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Autism Research Program and Social Disabilities Clinic

Bruce Pennington, Ph.D.
Professor Department of Psychology
University of Denver, Colorado

John Rubenstein M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of California at San Francisco

Eli Sercarz, Ph.D.
La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology
Division of Immunology Regulation 

Peter Whybrow, M.D.
Director, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
University of California, Los Angeles

Kirk Wilhelmsen, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology in Residence 
Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center, San Francisco

CAN believes that early detection, prevention, treatment and eventually a cure for autism are possible. It is only a matter of time, energy, commitment and money. Particularly now, when the explosion in scientific and medical knowledge is leading to important discoveries every day, we cannot let another generation of children slip away. 

    There was a time, not very long ago, when families with autistic children were told to place their children in an institution and to get on with their own lives. At CAN, we know that the final chapter in the lives of our children has yet to be written. Together, we will turn the page on a brand new chapter of hope.



The CAN AGRE Steering Committee for the AGRE project is made up of active leaders in the scientific community, representing fields which are highly relevant to autism research such as neurodevelopmental biology, neurology, neuroimaging, learning and cognition, immunology, genetics, biochemistry, and pharmacology. They have all made outstanding contributions in their own fields and we are proud to have them turning their talents towards autism.


Dan Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D., 
Chair AGRE Steering Committee

Assistant Professor
Director of Neurogenetics Program
Department of Neurology
UCLA School of Medicine 
Reed Neurological Research Center

Maja Bucan, Ph.D.
Center for Neurobiology and Behavior Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

W. Ted Brown, M.D., Ph.D.,F.A.C.M.G.
Chairman, Department of Human Genetics 
Director, Jervis Clinic
N.Y.S. Institute for Basic Research in 
Developmental Disabilities

Joseph Buxbaum, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry

T. Conrad Gilliam, Ph.D.
Director of Molecular Genetics Laboratory, 
New York State Psychiatric Institute;
Director of Gene Mapping Unit, Columbia Genome Center; 
Professor of Genetics and Development
Departments of Genetics, Development and Psychiatry 
College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University

David A. Greenberg, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Biomathematics
Department of Psychiatry
Mt. Sinai Medical Center

David H. Ledbetter, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair,
Department of Human Genetics
The University of Chicago

Bruce Miller, M.D.
Professor Department of Neurology 
UCSF/Mt. Zion Medical Center
University of California, San Francisco

Stanley F. Nelson, M.D.
Molecular Genetics
Assistant Professor Pediatrics
Biological Chemistry and Psychiatry
UCLA School of Medicine

Jonathan Pevsner, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor Department of Neurology, 
Kennedy Krieger Institute and Department of Neuroscience, 
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Jerome I. Rotter, M.D.
Medical Geneticist 
Director, Division of Medical Genetics; 
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, 
Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors’ Chair in Medical Genetics, 
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA School of Medicine

Carol A. Sprouse, Ed. D.
Children’s National Medical Center
Director of Infant and Child Studies

Gerard D. Schellenberg, Ph.D.
Research Professor
Departments of Medicine, Neurology and Pharmacology
University of Washington
Associate Director for Research
Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center
Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology (Neuroscience),
Harvard Medical School
Director, Genetics and Aging Unit 
Massachusetts General Hospital

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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.

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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.]

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