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Sirius XM to broadcast 'Doctor Radio Reports: Understanding Autism -- Looking for Answers'

NEW YORK August 5, 2010 SIRIUS XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) today announced that in partnership with Autism Speaks it will broadcast Doctor Radio Reports: Understanding Autism - Looking for Answers, a live, two-hour call-in show hosted by veteran journalist Perri Peltz on which a panel of world-class doctors, experts, scientists and parents of affected children will explore the latest research and treatment options for autism and disorders on the autism spectrum and take calls from listeners across the country.

Doctor Radio Reports: Understanding Autism - Looking for Answers will air live Friday, August 6 from 10:00 am 12:00 pm ET on Doctor Radio, SIRIUS channel 114 and XM channel 119. It will replay Saturday, August 7 from 12:00 2:00 pm ET and Sunday, August 8 from 8:00 10:00 pm ET. Topics include the role technology plays in helping individuals with autism better communicate and interact socially, the latest advancements in early screenings and genetic research, and advice for parents of affected children. The panel of experts will be taking questions throughout the entire two-hour show listeners are encouraged to call 1-877-NYU-DOCS (I-877-698-3627) or email with their questions.

Doctor Radio Reports: Understanding Autism - Looking for Answers is a follow up show to a Doctor Radio Autism Month special hosted by Peltz that SIRIUS XM aired in April 2010. Peltz moderated an important and candid dialogue between doctors/experts and parents, friends and families of people affected by autism and the show sparked strong listener feedback across the country.

Peltz's guests on Doctor Radio Reports: Understanding Autism - Looking for Answers include:

  • Melissa Nishawala, MD, Assistant Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU Langone School of Medicine, Medical Director of Autism Spectrum Disorders Services at the NYU Child Study Center

  • Leanne Chukoskie, Ph.D., Assistant Director Science Communication and Special Projects, Autism Speaks; Assistant Project Scientist, Institute for Neural Computation, University of California, San Diego

  • Joseph Buxbaum, Ph.D., Director, Seaver Autism Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His research on the molecular mechanisms of a gene associated with autism show how altered genes impact learning in brain cells and also reveal a potential new therapy for autism.

  • Stanley Nelson, Ph.D., Professor of Human Genetics and Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is the lead investigator on an ambitious and innovative project funded by Autism Speaks to establish and validate a method for recruiting large numbers of participants in autism genetics studies.

  • Katharina Boser, Ph.D., President and CEO of Individual Differences Learning Association of Howard County, Maryland and the Chair of the Innovative Technology for Autism initiative at Autism Speaks.

  • Karrie Karahalios, Ph.D., Associate Professor in computer science at the University of Illinois, head of the school's "Social Spaces Group." Karahalios' work focuses on the interaction between people and the social cues they emit and perceive in face-to-face and mediated electronic spaces.

  • Denise Bianchi, Autism Speaks staffer, mother of two children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum.


Contact: Dana Marnane
Autism Speaks

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