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Director of MGHfC autism clinic receiving special recognition from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation

BOSTON - May 5, 2005 - Margaret Bauman, MD, pediatric neurologist at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), is accepting the Doug Flutie Jr. Award tomorrow at the 6th Annual Autism Update. Laura Flutie - wife of the newest New England Patriot, Doug Flutie - will present the 4th Annual Doug Flutie Jr. Award to Bauman. The award is given in honor of the couple's son, Doug Flutie Jr., who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. It's presented each year to a person who is devoted to research and treatment for individuals on the autism spectrum. Previous award recipients include the late Robert Wharton, MD, Congressman Dan Burton and Lenny Shafer, parent and author of the Shafer report.

Bauman is being singled out in part because of her visionary approach to treating children with autism. She founded and is now director of LADDERS (Learning and Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Rehabilitation Services): a multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to the evaluation of children, adolescents and adults with a variety of developmental disabilities, the majority of whom carry a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She was also instrumental in creating the Autism Treatment Network - a coalition of doctors, parents and researchers across the country working to develop effective medical treatments of autism.

"The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation is pleased to be honoring Dr. Bauman who is well renowned in the field of autism. Her tireless efforts to improve the lives of each and every child on the autism spectrum have not gone unnoticed and we are truly grateful for her perseverance," said Lisa Borges, executive director of The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.

In addition, Bauman is an associate professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. She is the Director of The Autism Research Foundation, and is a senior scientific investigator in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine. Additional positions include that of Staff Neurologist at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation, Inc in Pomona, Calif., with similar positions at Cambridge Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She is the author many clinical and research papers published in peer reviewed journals and is the co-editor of The Neurobiology of Autism, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in l994, the second edition of which is in press.

MassGeneral Hospital for Children, the pediatric service of Massachusetts General Hospital, is the oldest provider of pediatric services in Boston. It is consistently listed in the U.S. News and World Report Guide to America's Best Hospitals and was ranked number 17 in the 2004 edition. Through its growing network of community-based facilities and pediatricians, the hospital's excellent care is conveniently accessible to families throughout the region.

Massachusetts General Hospital, established in 1811, is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, with an annual research budget of more than $450 million and major research centers in AIDS, cardiovascular research, cancer, cutaneous biology, medical imaging, neurodegenerative disorders, transplantation biology and photomedicine. In 1994, MGH and Brigham and Women's Hospital joined to form Partners HealthCare System, an integrated health care delivery system comprising the two academic medical centers, specialty and community hospitals, a network of physician groups, and nonacute and home health services.

The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism is dedicated to assisting children with autism and their families. The Foundations' mission is to support financially disadvantaged families who need assistance in caring for their children with autism; to fund education and research into the causes and consequences of childhood autism, and to serve as a clearing house and communications center for new programs and services developed for individuals with autism.

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