Autism Research Institute

Hartwick’s Russo Receives Fifth Grant in Two Years from Autism Research Institute

May 21, 2013

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Anthony (A.J.) Russo has received another grant from the Autism Research Institute in the amount of $5,260 to continue his studies on the roles of biomarkers in the etiology of autism.

The grant funds, to be utilized to study maternal anti-GAD antibodies in autism, will supplement a 2013 Freedman Award presented to biology major Gavin Jenkins '15, who will work with Russo on this project.

"I am very grateful to the Autism Research Institute (ARI) for their ongoing support, said Russo. "This funding will help me, along with science students at Hartwick, continue to investigate the relationship between biomarkers, neurotransmitters and the possible causes of autism."

This grant is Hartwick's fifth from the ARI since the fall of 2011. Overall, the Institute has supported research at the College since 2009 by funding 11 projects for a total of more than $80,000.

Currently, seven Hartwick biology majors are working on projects funded by grants from the ARI and more are expected to become involved in the 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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