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Hartwick’s Russo Receives Seventh Grant from Autism Research Institute

May 27, 2014

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Anthony (A.J.) Russo has received another grant from the Autism Research Institute (ARI) in the amount of $5,520. This funding will allow Russo to continue his studies on the role of biomarkers in the etiology of autism.

The grant, a study to investigate Neuregulin 1 (NRG1) in autistic children, will be used in part to fund projects which will involve cooperative research with undergraduate students at Hartwick College.

This grant is Hartwick's seventh from the ARI since the fall of 2011. Overall, the Institute has supported research at the College since 2009 by funding 12 projects for a total of more than $90,000.

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

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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