SOURCE: Icare4autism


November 11, 2011 14:59 ET

Wall Street Fights Autism

Jerusalem Mayor and New York Philanthropists Support ICare4Autism Global Center for Autism Research and Education on Mt. Scopus

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 11, 2011) - On November 8, 2011 more than 50 leading philanthropists gathered in the Wall Street boardroom of investment bank DH Blair to hear Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat discuss the urgent need to support the creation of the world's first Global Center for Autism Research and Education on Mt. Scopus.

The Global Autism Center is a project of ICare4Autism (The International Center for Autism Research and Education), a New York-based charitable organization founded in 2004 by Dr. Joshua Weinstein to tackle the global autism crisis by catalyzing breakthrough innovations in research, diagnosis and treatment.

When open in 2014, the Center's 5-acre campus will feature a state-of-the-art on site research institute; the world's first university-level school of autism studies; an educational center applying the latest research and technology to the special needs of students with autism, and a foundation to support the transformation of autism education and treatment worldwide.

Mayor Barkat said, "The Global Autism Center is of vital importance for the City of Jerusalem and the world. We are pleased and honored to help bring the world's leading scientific and educational experts together to the spark the innovations that will transform the lives of millions of people with autism and their families."

Said host J. Morton Davis, DH Blair Founder and Chairman, "I am proud to support the Global Autism Center and grateful to Icare4autism for bringing this center of excellence to Jerusalem, where it will transform the lives so many people."

Event Co-Chair John Catsimatidis, owner and CEO of Red Apple Group and Gristedes Foods, applauded the Global Autism Center as "an example of international collaboration that is worthy of our support, because it will help to permanently change the world for the better."

Dr. Eric Hollander, Chairman of ICare4Autism's Advisory Council, highlighted the unique importance of this project in addressing the global autism crisis: "The Center will bring together large scale data and collaborative networks urgently needed to drive breakthrough genetic and epigenetic research. These networks do not yet exist, and no other organization is building them."

Dr. Weinstein announced a groundbreaking Autism Awareness and Intervention initiative in Africa, saying, "ICare4Autism will use widely accessible cellular technologies to bring early diagnosis and intervention to children throughout Africa, and support Africa's first autism responders."

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