Maletic-Savatic honored with McKnight Neuroscience of Brain Disorders Award

HOUSTON - (Feb. 5, 2009) - Dr. Mirjana Maletic-Savatic, assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and child neurologist in the Division of Child Neurology at Texas Children's Hospital, has been honored with the McKnight Neuroscience of Brain Disorders Award.

The funds, a total of $300,000 over a three-year period, will support her research on the metabolomics of the autistic brain. "The support from the McKnight Foundation will enable me to vigorously pursue my autism research," Maletic-Savatic said.

Her goal is to form a multidisciplinary core program with a common goal of finding biomarkers of autism to help diagnose the disorder early and find clues that might help treatment of the affected children.

"Autism is a very complex disorder and interdisciplinary research can lead to substantial results that will ultimately help the patients," Maletic-Savatic said. "The environment here, at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, is ideal to accomplish such a goal, as so many outstanding physicians and scientists are concentrated so close to each other."

The McKnight Foundation supports the McKnight Neuroscience of Brain Disorders Award, created in 2000 to encourage innovative efforts to solve the problems of neurological and psychiatric diseases.

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