By Teresa Conrick
"NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 30, 2010) – Autism Speaks is pleased to announce the 2010 class of Dennis Weatherstone Pre-Doctoral Fellows. Made possible by a multi-year grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation named in honor of former J.P. Morgan CEO Sir Dennis Weatherstone, eight fellowship projects were selected for funding by Autism Speaks with awards totaling $448,000 over the next two years." (Autism Speaks Grants)
Ironically, Sept 30th also marked the 50th anniversary of The Flintstones, another Stone Age group. How long will we keep getting the same, old, DINOSAUR studies? It sure looks like GENES is the magic word for giving some researchers easy grant money but who else benefits? Families? Children Regressing? NOPE! Autism Speaks is living in the past...............
"to study perturbations of synaptic plasticity and intrinsic excitability to aid in the discovery of a common synaptic phenotype among ASDs and facilitate generation of effective therapies for individuals suffering from autism."
Even Fred and Barney know this this has shown nothing in the past and therefore .... what effective therapies are they talking about?
"to evaluate response of children with ASD to an oscillating point of light, studying deficits in the perception and production of motion, setting the stage for future investigations of very early identification of risk for autism, as well as the establishment of early diagnosis criteria"
"Oscillating point of light".....blinking lights on infants to see how they will respond? Yep, that's new and worth tens of thousands of dollars!!
"to study older youth with 22.a11.2 deletion syndrome as she evaluates their social cognition abilities such as their ability to infer what another person thinks in certain situations:
Umm..am I the only one thinking that the"infer" of this is that it's really dumb and expensive? And when is a deletion a "syndrome?" Plus, there has been information available for years, on lead and more importantly, MERCURY, causing deletions! AS makes it sound like genes just spontaneously delete! How come they don't want to investigate that? (HERE)
"to conduct a topical human genetic study. Performing comprehensive analysis on the genomes of children with ASD born to parents of advanced age"
YABBA DABBA DOO! How many times will AS regurgitate the "old genes" theory? Has it ever showed anything helpful? NO! Will they ever get that toxins are the root to the blame? When will the Flintstones finally meet the Jetsons?
Teresa Conrick is Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.