PO Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

For Release:
June 27, 2012

Mary E. O'Dowd, M.P.H.
Commissioner

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First Lady Mary Pat Christie, Health Commissioner
To Visit Montclair State University, Announce Autism Center of Excellence, Research Site

On Thursday, June 28, First Lady Mary Pat Christie, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd and members of the Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism will announce grants to two universities totaling $3.7 million to create a New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence and to fund a clinical research project.

The grants mark a new, coordinated approach to autism research in New Jersey. The Center for Excellence will coordinate all autism research funded by the Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism.

These two grants are the first of a total of $8 million in grants that will be awarded by the end of the year by the Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism.

The recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control announcement of increased autism prevalence in New Jersey-estimated at one in 49 children-underscores the need for a coordinated approach to research.

This event will begin at 11am at Montclair State University, Ben Samuels Children's Center, 80 Clove Road, Little Falls.