Autism Research Institute (ARI)

Hartwick’s Russo Receives Grant from Autism Research Institute

March 18, 2013

Hartwick College Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Anthony (A.J.) Russo has received a grant from the Autism Research Institute (ARI) in the amount of $4,500. Russo will use the funds to continue his studies on the roles of biomarkers in the etiology of autism.

The grant funds -- to determine epidermal growth factor (EGF) and EGF receptor plasma concentration and its relationship to hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), GABA Levels and symptom severity in autistic children -- will provide opportunities for biology majors at Hartwick to work with Russo on his ongoing research.

"I am very grateful to the ARI for their support, which will help me, along with science students at Hartwick, to continue to investigate the relationship between biomarkers, neurotransmitters and the possible causes of autism," shared Russo. "Currently, six of our biology majors here at Hartwick are working on projects funded by these grants, and we expect more to be involved in the upcoming semesters, thanks in large part to the ARI."

This grant is the fourth that Russo has received from the ARI since fall 2011. Overall, the ARI has supported research at Hartwick College since 2009 by funding 10 projects for more than $75,000.

The ARI has a 44-year track record of pioneering and leadership in the autism field. The Institute provides families and professionals with the information needed for making informed choices, in order to better the lives of individuals of all ages on the autism spectrum. ARI accomplishes these goals by conducting and sponsoring cutting-edge research and by disseminating these findings in many languages for the benefit of researchers and families worldwide.

For additional information, contact Russo at 607-431-4575 or at

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