Federal grant will fund autism research at USD

Federal grant will fund autism research at USD Sen. Tom Daschle has announced that The University of South Dakota will receive a grant of $440,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The funding is awarded as part of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program, administered by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

It will help the university expand its training of future health professionals in the care of children who have, or are at risk of developing, neurodevelopmental disabilities or other conditions such as autism and mental retardation.

"Tomorrow's medical community must be equipped with the most up-to-date information on how to diagnose, treat, and care for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities," Daschle said. "Many South Dakota youth suffer from these disorders, so it is imperative that The University of South Dakota has the resources necessary to adequately train its medical students in this field of care. South Dakota is gaining a reputation as a place for health care innovations. Funding such as this grant will help enhance that reputation."

This is the 13th year of funding of an estimated 18-year project.

The Health Resources and Services Administration seeks to improve and expand access to quality health care, eliminating barriers to care and health disparities for all Americans.

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