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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  • Catherine Kanter, MS, CCC-SLP

    The ECHO effect

    Project ECHO (the mantra for which is “All teach, all learn”) uses video-conferencing technology to provide education and case consultation on best practice clinical services, training, and resources for individuals with specific healthcare needs that are difficult to meet locally. The Waisman Center ECHO platform will serve as a diagnostic and treatment training hub to share the center’s expertise on intellectual and developmental disabilities, such as autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy, throughout the state and beyond.

  • Waisman Biomanufacturing partners with Heat Biologics to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine

    Waisman Biomanufacturing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is partnering with Heat Biologics to produce a COVID-19 vaccine for phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials. Phase 1 trials could begin in early 2021 and UW–Madison may be a trial site.

  • Travers boy playing wii

    Balancing act: what motor function can tell us about autism

    Can the way a person moves be a key identifier of autism? It’s a question that Waisman Center investigator Brittany Travers, PhD, is trying to answer.

  • Running toward renewal: new study links physical activity with cognitive health

    Research has shown voluntary running is an activity most commonly associated with the reversal of negative impacts of aging and neurodegeneration, but little is understood about why that is.

  • The Kornstedts

    Thoughts of Gratitude: Scott Kornstedt

    Shortly after Raegan was born to Scott and his wife Carrie, she was diagnosed with phenylketonuria, or PKU — a rare metabolic disorder that prevents her from properly metabolizing phenylalanine, a common amino acid that exists in most proteins. PKU is a rare disorder that affects approximately 16,000 people in the U.S. It is one of 47 disorders for which newborns in Wisconsin are screened. If left untreated, it can cause intellectual disabilities, seizures, among other health-related issues.

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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, MD, PhD

    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, …

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