Helping families make sense of autism research



    Autism Speaks' Vice President of Research is keynote speaker at free
    event

    BURNABY, BC, June 12 /CNW/ - On Saturday, June 14, Dr. Sophia Colamarino,
Vice-President of Research for Autism Speaks will be speaking at a free
luncheon hosted by Autism Speaks Canada.
    Dr. Colamarino will address families, friends, service providers,
educators and others interested in learning more about current trends in
autism research. "Sophia has an outstanding reputation for her ability to
translate science into plain language and we are so excited that the autism
community will have the opportunity to hear her dynamic and informative
presentation," notes Suzanne Lanthier, Executive Director of Autism Speaks
Canada.
    The luncheon is the official Kick-off event for Autism Speaks' Inaugural
BC Walk/Run Now For Autism being held on October 19 at Swangard Stadium. The
luncheon is being held at the Portuguese Canadian Senior's Foundation - 5455
Imperial St. Burnaby, BC from 11:30 - 1:30 PM. The event is free and lunch
will be provided but pre-registration is required by calling 1-888-362-6227.
    Autism affects one in every 150 children. One in 94 boys will be
affected. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than diabetes,
cancer, and AIDS combined.
    Autism Speaks' Walk Now for Autism, is North America's largest grassroots
autism walk program, is our signature fundraising and awareness event, taking
place in communities across the Canada, the United States and the United
Kingdom. Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism
spectrum, this successful grassroots fundraising effort not only generates
vital funds for autism research but also raises awareness about the increasing
prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding to combat
this complex disorder.
    Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum
disorders; funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments and
advocates for the needs of individuals with autism. To learn more about Autism
Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.
    Since 1998 over $5 million has been granted to the Canadian autism
research community by Autism Speaks, including over $400,000 to the research
community in British Columbia.
    BC Walk/Run sponsors include Today's Parent Magazine, GlobalTV BC, the
Beat 94.5, Vancouver 24Hours, Happy Planet and Aquazone.





For further information:

For further information: Suzanne Lanthier, Executive Director, Autism
Speaks, Cell: (416) 388-3139 or email: slanthier@autismspeaks.org

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