Russo Receives $11,890 Grant from Autism Research Institute

October 14, 2011

Autism Research Institute logoVisiting Assistant Professor of Biology Anthony Russo has received a research grant from the Autism Research Institute to study the affect of probiotic therapy in the immune systems of autistic children. The $11,890 grant will support his work over the next one to two years.

"This grant will allow us to continue our studies of the possible association between immune system function and autism," Russo said. It also will support work that will provide student/faculty collaborative research opportunities for Russo's students, some of whom will assist in the project.

"Students in the Biology Department at Hartwick and I will work together to investigate the role of probiotic therapy on the immune system of autistic children," he said. "The students will be active in all aspects of the associated projects—from design of experiments, to analysis of results, to presentation of our data. In that respect, they will experience working as a true research team."

Russo joined the Hartwick faculty in 2011. He is research director for the Health Research Institute/Pfeiffer Treatment Center in Warrenville, IL, and is editor and chief of the journal Autism Insights. He earned his bachelor's degree from Hobart College, and his master's and Ph.D. from SUNY Buffalo. For more about Russo, click here.

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