2016: Year in Review

December 21, 2016

Waisman Communications

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To learn more about the news stories, events, and programs highlighted in our video, click on the links below.

Young boy

Thoughts of Gratitude: The Rijkaarts

May 18, 2016

Dan Campbell

Thoughts of Gratitude: Dan Campbell

June 07, 2016


Awards & Honors
A rare gift: Family endows professorship in memory of children

August 31, 2016


Awards & Honors
$1.25 million legacy gift will support brain injury research at the Waisman Center

November 10, 2016

Molly Murphy

Autism treatment offerings expand in Madison

June 13, 2016

Su-Chun Zhang, MD, PhD

Stem Cells
Cell transplant treats Parkinson’s in mice under control of designer drug

April 28, 2016


Following newborns, so they may thrive

January 06, 2016

Day with the Experts

Day with Experts
The Waisman Center presents four community "Day with the Experts" educational events focused on autism, cerebral palsy, cochlear implants and Down syndrome.

Fragile X

Fragile X Syndrome
Lighting up the search for a therapy for fragile X syndrome

September 21, 2016

Leann Smith

Summer research: From Appleton to Madison

August 18, 2016


Study finds a key to nerve regeneration

September 13, 2016

Travers story

Video game research shows promise for autism

January 20, 2016

Houri Vorperian

A bone to speak and to swallow

June 23, 2016


When the words did not come

July 06, 2016

Waisman Whirl participants

Waisman Whirl
October 16, 2016, marked the second annual Whirl 10k, 5k and 1 mile Run, Walk & Roll for All Abilities.

Doug Dean story

Researchers track critical developments in the young brain

May 04, 2016

Fashion Show for All Abilities

10th Annual Fashion Show for All Abilities
April 22, 2016
The Fashion Show began in 2007 as a community awareness event: To promote accessibility and respect for all persons in a retail setting.

Children's Theatre

Children's Theatre
Provides high quality, diverse, educational, and interactive live theatrical performances at a modest cost and in fully accessible settings.

Waisman Early Childhood Program (WECP)

The Waisman Early Childhood Program offers unique learning opportunities in a creative and supportive environment for children ages 1 through 5 year-round

Pet Scan for DS

Down Syndrome
Waisman Center partners on new multi-site NIH initiative to find Alzheimer's biomarkers in Down syndrome

November 20, 2015

Photo credits: Clark Kellogg and Niamh Rahman (Waisman Communications), Jeff Miller (UW-Madison Communications), Ron Fisher (Waisman Center Brain Imaging Core), Andy Manis, Anthony Gartner, the Rijkaart family

Music: "Ukulele" from Bensound.com