Univeristy of Miami to get $20M for autism research

27 Aug

The John P. Hussman Foundation has pledged $20 million to the University of Miami’s Institute of Human Genomics.

Mr. Hussman has supporting and personally working with Dr. Margaret Pericak-Vance and Dr. Jeffery Vance of the Institute of Human Genomics at the University of Miami. The Institute will be renamed the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics.

The research goal of the Institute is to “… discover the genetic factors that contribute to the cause of autism and related disorders.”

Mr. Hussman runs the Hussman Funds. He is also the father of a 15 year old autistic son.

Mr Hussman is quoted as saying:

“I don’t expect that autism will be cured,” Hussman said. “And to some extent, I’m uncomfortable with the notion of a cure because it refers to the desire of people with autism to be something different. But it could help with intervention when something starts to go wrong.”

also,

“I am convinced that the research under way at the institute will lead to further breakthroughs in our knowledge of autism,” Hussman said in a telephone interview. “Simply put, I don’t expect that autism will be cured, but I do expect that this research will lead to interventions that will significantly improve the lives of children and adults with autism.”

One Response to “Univeristy of Miami to get $20M for autism research”

  1. susan senator August 28, 2009 at 01:23 #

    Very cool.

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