09/16/2012 Tonight’s topic: Autism

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Dr. Paul Law

Websites: http://www.ianproject.org and http://www.kennedykrieger.org

Dr. Paul Law is the Director of the Interactive Autism Network and of Medical Informatics at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, an organization well-known for its research, treatment and educational programs for children with a wide range of special needs, including autism.

Dr. Law earned both a medical degree and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. It was during his time in medical school that his eldest son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

Since his son’s diagnosis, Dr. Law has worked to develop resources to advance and facilitate autism research. In 1997, he developed a web-based system for managing clinical information on children with autism to advance research. This system is currently used by the CDC, NIH and academic institutions throughout the world.

In 2007, Dr. Law and a team of researchers at Kennedy Krieger launched the Interactive Autism Network. Better known as the IAN Project, this ambitious initiative was the nation’s first autism registry. The goal was to accelerate autism research and improve the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders by collecting valuable data from parents for research analysis and matching families with research studies for which they qualify in their own communities.

Now five years after its launch, the IAN Project has become the largest collection of autism data in the world, with over 42,000 participants from every state and U.S. territory. IAN’s researchers have worked to uncover a more complete picture of autism, from family stress to treatment costs to genetics. The project has helped to facilitate over 400 research studies throughout the country and helped advocates change insurance laws in states throughout the U.S. and has provided state governments with information to provide better services to people with ASD.

The IAN Project continues to call on families of children and adults with autism to join them in their search for answers. Learn more about the IAN Project at www.ianproject.org. Learn more about Kennedy Krieger Institute at www.kennedykrieger.org.


  • What is the Interactive Autism Network?
  • What are your goals for how it can help families of children with autism?
  • What have you learned about autism through the project?
  • Can you tell me about your wandering and bullying research that has recently garnered so much attention?
  • What’s on the horizon for your research team?
  • What’s your message to families about why they should join you in this effort?
  • I understand your interest in autism is not just professional. Can you tell us about how your son and how he inspires your work?
  • How is the autism landscape different today from when your son was diagnosed?
  • Aside from your research initiatives, the IAN Project also has a community section of its web site that provides forums for discussing research and plenty of evidence-based information about autism. Why is evidence-based information so important for families?
  • In your community forums, what are the main topics that parents want to discuss?
  • How does the IAN Project address both genetic and environmental factors that may contribute to autism?


Dr. Eva Markham  *In Studio

Dr. Eva Markham is a Licensed Psychologist. She is a faculty member in the U of L Department of Pediatrics, providing services at the Weisskopf Center.

A native Kentuckian with 30 years of experience, Dr. Markham has an interest in autism spectrum disorders.

She provides clinical services, supervision, training, and consultation regionally and nationally. She is a provider of training for the American Psychological Association and recently presented a workshop at the Annual Convention of the Association in Orlando, FL this past August. Dr. Markham is the current Chair of the KY Board of Examiners of Psychology.


  • What is the prevalence currently quoted?
  • What accounts for the increase in prevalence over the past 20 years? How is autism diagnosed?
  • What has research uncovered with regard to the causes of autism? Is there a genetic component to autism?
  • What needs do persons diagnosed with autism have, with regard to treatment? What can be expected with regard to outcomes for person having autism?
  • What are some current controversies impacting the community of persons impacted by autism spectrum disorders?

Related Links:

Autism (MedlinePlus)

Autism (PubMed Health) <<– lots of links

What Is Autism? (video; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


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