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The Child Mind Institute’s Dr. Adriana Di Martino Receives Special Award in Italy Recognizing Autism Work

November 28, 2023

New York, NY – The Child Mind Institute is pleased to share that Dr. Adriana Di Martino, founding research director for the Autism Center at the Child Mind Institute, has been recognized with the Autism Without Borders Award by the Falanga Foundation, in collaboration with the Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico (IRCCS) Stella Maris, and the European consortium AIMS2 trials. This important award recognizes Italian professionals who have distinguished themselves internationally for their work in the field of autism.  It was presented in Calambrone, Italy on November 21.

Dr. Di Martino is the fourth individual to receive this award.  She has a long-standing research interest in autism spectrum disorder, and related neurodevelopmental conditions including how to best understand their underlying neurobiology.  Her research places a particular emphasis on brain imaging and a range of other clinical and cognitive approaches, with the goal of identifying objective biological markers that can one day be used to improve intervention efforts and treatment selection.  The Autism Center at the Child Mind Institute, led by Dr. Di Martino, is an integrated clinical center and research lab dedicated to supporting toddlers, children, adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and related challenges.

“This award is a powerful reminder of the importance of our collective efforts, and I am honored to be part of a community that is dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of those touched by autism,” said Dr. Di Martino.  “It’s even more meaningful to receive this remarkable recognition at the home of the Stella Maris Foundation in my home country.”

The Stella Maris Foundation is the only IRCCS — or “Scientific Institute for Research Hospitalization and Health Care” — in Italy exclusively dedicated to research and assistance in child neurology and psychiatry.

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Tagged with: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Child Mind Institute News
Topic: Autism