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Waisman Intersections

Welcome to Waisman Intersections. Through this quarterly newsletter we hope you will get to know us better and see how innovative research and compassionate clinical services intersect at the Waisman Center. You will also meet a few of the individuals whose generous support helps us pave the way for discovery and hope.

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Intersections Newsletter | Volume 2018, Issue 1

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  • Autism video games

    Video game improves balance in youth with autism

    “We think this video game-based training could be a unique way to help individuals with ASD who have challenges with their balance address these issues,” says Travers, an investigator at UW–Madison’s Waisman Center and an assistant professor of kinesiology.

  • The Cooper family

    NBC15 highlights Rett syndrome and Waisman Center research

    NBC15’s Morning Show and reporter Kalie Greenberg shared a story about Laurel Cooper, a 9-year-old girl who has Rett syndrome, and her family. Rett syndrome is a rare, non-inherited neurological disorder that mostly affects girls …

  • Marijo Bunbury smiling

    Thoughts of Gratitude: Marijo Bunbury

    Marijo Bunbury loves a challenge, especially when she’s passionate about the outcome. Luckily for the Waisman Center, in 1994 someone told Bunbury that a congested events calendar would make it impossible to raise funds (to …

Intersections Newsletter | Volume 2017, Issue 3

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  • Sam Thomson, and his parents Josh and Angie

    Biochemical Genetics Clinic helps children live healthier, happier lives

    Sam Thompson is two-and-a-half years old and a super-charged giver of hugs.His green eyes sparkle as he first embraces his physician, Jessica Scott Schwoerer, and then his dietitian, Nikki Drilias. Then it’s a quick, laughter-filled …

  • Luigi Puglielli

    The chatter within our cells

    Waisman Center investigator Luigi Puglielli had trouble with only one class in medical school: biochemistry. Yet today he uses biochemical approaches to study some of the vital molecular mechanisms that regulate brain physiology and pathology …

  • Adamson family

    SOFT Conference in Madison, WI

    When Leila Adamson was born, doctors weren’t sure that she would live for even 63 seconds. More than 63 months later, in July 2017, she will be in Madison, Wisconsin, along with her parents, Kari …

  • Molly and young student

    WSJ: With autism diagnoses on the rise, parents sort through treatment options

    As rates of autism diagnoses rise across the country, children with autism and their parents also have increasing options for therapy and treatments. The Wisconsin State Journal highlights the Waisman Center Autism Treatment Programs, and …

  • Know Your Madisonian: Albee Messing focuses on Alexander disease

    Waisman Center Director, Albee Messing, VMD, PhD, was recently featured in the Know Your Madisonian column by David Wahlberg in the Wisconsin State Journal. To read the full interview, please click here. David Wahlberg, Wisconsin …

  • Pollak lab photo

    Where do children’s emotions come from?

    Waisman Center investigator Seth Pollak’s research was recently highlighted in the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology magazine. You can read the full story here.

  • Carl Ross, WB Director

    Waisman Biomanufacturing has new managing director

    Carl Ross has been selected to serve as managing director of Waisman Biomanufacturing. His appointment started July 1, following more than a year as its interim director. Located at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Waisman Center, …

Intersections Newsletter | Volume 2017, Issue 2

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  • Researchers gain insight into day-to-day lives of parents raising children with autism

    Like all parents, couples who have a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) share the ups and downs of parenting. A new study by Waisman Center researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison looks at the …

  • Community TIES

    Thirty years of Community TIES

    On Friday, April 21, 2017, the Community TIES program at the Waisman Center will be celebrating 30 years of helping Dane County children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities live with their families and in …

  • Machine learning

    Machine learning can detect a genetic disorder from speech recordings

    How much information can we extract from a five-minute recording of someone talking? Enough to tell whether that individual may be genetically predisposed to some health complications, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s …

  • Lauren Tierney at the finish line

    There are many ways to Whirl

    10-year-old Lauren Tierney had only walked a mile a few times before. Yet here she was, on a cool October morning, at the starting line for the Waisman Whirl Run Walk & Roll for All …

Intersections Newsletter | Volume 2017, Issue 1

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  • Why do children with autism often have language delays?

    Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, often have significant delays with expanding their vocabularies and other language skills compared to typically developing children. Yet, “we know very little about [language] processing in [children …

  • Treating the trauma of brain injuries

    One Wednesday in September, 15-year-old Tristan Thurman went to soccer practice at his high school. The team had just lost a game the day before because the other team had scored goals heading the ball, …

  • Badger Football + Waisman Center = Great things!

    The Waisman Center is proud to partner with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletic Department for the Wisconsin football team’s annual Spring Game to be held on Friday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Camp Randall …

  • Stocker family

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

    A new legacy gift will help researchers and clinicians at the Waisman Center continue to search for ways to benefit individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by brain injuries and developmental disabilities. This …

Intersections Newsletter | Volume 2016, Issue 2

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  • Luke Holzem works with his communication device

    When the words did not come

    Luke Holzem sped from door to door, his orange t-shirt transforming him into a bright blur of 6-year-old energy. His grey-green eyes sparkled and he looked expectantly at his mother, Shannon. The question was clear: …

  • Summer students

    Summer research: From Appleton to Madison

    This summer, three students from Lawrence University exchanged the Fox River for Lake Mendota and became temporary Badgers. They were part of a pilot program designed to provide Lawrence undergraduates the opportunity to work with …

  • Zhao

    Experimental drug cancels effect from key intellectual disability gene in mice

    A University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher who studies the most common genetic intellectual disability has used an experimental drug to reverse—in mice—damage from the mutation that causes the syndrome. The condition, called fragile X, has devastating …

  • A rare gift: Family endows professorship in memory of children

    A rare gift: Family endows professorship in memory of children

    In their photographs, Jenni and Kyle Geurkink look like happy, healthy children. Jenni has a captivating smile and a twinkle in her eyes. Kyle is a sturdy toddler who loves brooms, mops and any occasion …

Intersections Newsletter | Volume 2016, Issue 1

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  • inclusion

    Positivity and inclusion go a long way to help individuals with autism spectrum disorders

    A positive emotional climate at home and inclusive educational experiences while at school can have long-lasting beneficial effects for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a recent study by researchers at the Waisman …

  • Jayden with Mom at Waisman NBFU clinic

    Following newborns, so they may thrive

    Jaden Cassidy is three years old and a whirlwind of energy. He bursts into the exam room, jumps on the exam table, flings off his jacket and cowboys boots and whirls around with a beaming …

  • Zhang stem cells

    First serotonin neurons made from human stem cells

    Su-Chun Zhang, a pioneer in developing neurons from stem cells at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has created a specialized nerve cell that makes serotonin, a signaling chemical with a broad role in the brain. Serotonin …

  • Busta, Zhang

    Thoughts of Gratitude: David Busta

    As basketball season gathers steam (go Badgers!), one small town in northern Wisconsin will be buzzing with excitement about a different basketball tournament on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.