Impact Report 2022

Waisman 2022 Impact Report

Our 2022 Impact Report
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The pages of this year’s impact report highlight stories of how we continue our core mission of research, service, training, and outreach.

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Qiang Chang, PhD

The Waisman Center is on the cusp of our golden anniversary. In 2023, we will celebrate 50 years of advancing knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases through research, clinical services, training, and outreach.


Xinyu Zhao Lab

One mutation, many challenges: Unraveling the mystery behind fragile X syndrome

One mutation in a single gene, as straightforward as it may sound, can cause a broad range of symptoms and severity among those who carry it. This is the case for fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common hereditary form of intellectual disability.


LEND Trainees

Leading the Way: WI LEND trains the next generation of clinicians and advocates

Daniel Deuel was a Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities Program (WI LEND) trainee at the Waisman Center from 2020-2021. While the pandemic changed the way LEND delivered its training, it was no less impactful for Deuel.


Charlene Rivera-Bonet, PhD at La Movida

Waisman’s new Spanish radio show helps connect with Madison’s Hispanic community

The fluorescent red on-air sign flicked on. The microphones crackled to life. Charlene Rivera-Bonet, PhD, Waisman science writer, and Lupita Montoto, La Movida radio host, made their final adjustments as the Facebook Live started recording and the opening music played across the airways.


Family at TIES Clinic

The Waisman TIES Clinic: A psychiatry clinic that looks at disability and mental health through a holistic lens

Daniel Kliewer and his father sit in the only car parked in the lot right outside the Waisman TIES Clinic on Olin Ave. Daniel regularly comes to the clinic to see psychiatrist Steve Singer, MD. But it is Sunday morning and there is no one inside
the clinic.


Brad Christian and Annie Dewey

Thoughts of gratitude: The Dewey family is a catalyst of support for the Waisman Center

There are many reasons that families connect with the Waisman Center. For the Dewey family, it is Annie, a delightful and engaging woman, who loves people and is passionate about making a difference by participating in research.