Tuesday, March 07, 2006

More info on NAAR and Autism Speaks Merger

This article gives more detailed information about the merger of Autism Speaks and the National Alliance for Autism Research.

" 'There is no test for it," [Eric] Giunta said, "no drugs for it. There’s no cure for AIDS or cancer, but we know why they happen. That’s the most frustrating part of autism."
Giunta said researchers are leaning toward a combination of genetics and environmental triggers, but nothing is a sure bet thus far.
..."Things are definitely progressing," Giunta said, explaining that in 1997 there were fewer than 10 people in the world researching autism, and in the last two years the organization has been forced to reject very worthy grant proposals due to lack of funding.
"It’s frustrating, but it’s a statement," Giunta said. "It says there’s a standard of grants we look for that will not be compromised."

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