$1 Million Dollars Awarded from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Disability Related Research Projects

August 22, 2004

Kim E. Musheno
Director of Public Policy

SILVER SPRING, MD (September 22, 2004)- The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) announced funding for five disability related research projects through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). Nearly one-million dollars was awarded by the CDC for research projects focusing on range of disability and health topics including childhood hearing loss, Tourette Syndrome, evaluating early childhood intervention services, Muscular Dystrophy and Spina Bifida.
The 2004 awardees are:

  • Richard C. Folsom, Ph.D., University of Washington, "Risk Factors for Late-Onset Hearing Loss in Children;"
  • Samuel Zinner, M.D., University of Washington, "Descriptive Study of Tourette Syndrome - Quality of Life;"
  • Zolinda Stoneman, Ph.D., University of Georgia, "Georgia Babies Can't Wait Tracking System;"
  • F. John Meaney, Ph.D., University of Arizona, "Palliative Care for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy;" and
  • Mark Swanson, M.D., University of Arkansas, "Secondary Conditions in Arkansas Children with Spina Bifida."

The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) is a center within CDC whose mission is to promote the health of babies, children, and adults, and enhance the potential for full, productive living. In the fall of 2002, AUCD entered into a cooperative agreement with the NCBDDD with the purposes of strengthening the nation's capacity to carry out public health activities in the areas of birth defects, developmental disabilities, and health promotion for people living with disabilities.

AUCD, located in Silver Spring, MD, is a non-profit organization that promotes and supports the national network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practices through research, education and services for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities. For any questions, contact Kim Musheno at 301-588-8252; kmusheno@aucd.org .