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Autism Speaks launches research partnerships with Albania and Ireland
Date:4/1/2009

NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 1, 2009) Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization, announced today a new partnership with the Albanian Children Foundation (ACF) the first international accord in the Global Autism Public Health (GAPH) Initiative. In addition, they announced an agreement with Irish Autism Action to form an advisory committee to facilitate the development of a GAPH partnership. As Autism Speaks marks the second annual World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), it reviews autism science and research around the world assessing the prevalence, investigating underlying biology and causes of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in pursuit of treatments. Autism Speaks is currently supporting a host of international projects and multinational research collaborations, some of which are undertaken with outside partners. For these projects, Autism Speaks share of the spending totals $10.8 million over multiple years. Countries involved in this research include Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Finland, India, Israel, Italy, Norway, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan and the UK.

Bob Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks said, "Approximately 67 million people are affected by autism around the world, and we believe the solutions will come from a community of science and research without boundaries. The work of Autism Speaks in global science and research is an important path to investigate causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increase international awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocate for the needs of all individuals with autism and their families in our global community."

The GAPH Initiative provides support to other countries to move their autism research and awareness forward by enhancing public and professional awareness of autism; developing clinical and scientific expertise/capacity and international research collaboration; and developing and training professionals in ea
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Autism Speaks
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