Campaign aims to unlock causes of autism

Autism researchers have launched a new campaign aiming to draw together scientists, health professionals and the community from across New Zealand to facilitate understanding and treatment options for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

MindsForMindsThe Minds for Minds campaign aims to bring together people with an interest in autism from around the country,  raise funds for research and recruit volunteers for research projects investigating the genetics and microbiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders (including Asperger syndrome).

More information about the campaign can be found in the Minds for Minds media release.

ONE News covered the campaign launch this weekend, featuring clinical neurologist Dr Rosamund Hill, who has a severely autistic son, and University of Auckland microbiologist Dr Mike Taylor (an alumni of the Science Media SAVVY programme).

TVNZ Breakfast, the Dominion Post and Newstalk ZB also reported on the campaign, speaking to Dr Jessie Jacobsen from the University of Auckland. And finally, columnist Deborah Hill Cone, Dr Rosamund Hill’s sister, wrote about the campaign and autism awareness for the New Zealand Herald.