2012 Bravo, Bradley! Raises Awareness and Nearly $300,000for Autism Programs and Research
Director of autism center shared insights into groundbreaking workin the genetics of autism that could lead to means to prevent autism at annual hospital fundraiser
Video from Bravo, Bradley! which features the groundbreaking research in
the area of autism
On Friday, June 1, Bradley Hospital, the nation's first psychiatric hospital devoted exclusively to children and adolescents, raised nearly $300,000 at its annual fundraiser, Bravo, Bradley!, at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, R.I. Two hundred seventy-five Bradley supporters attended the gala event, which recognized clinical work in autism and other pediatric mental health conditions and raised awareness about promising research into the genetics of autism under way at the hospital.
The evening provided an opportunity for the community to both celebrate and further the progress of children and families who benefit from all of Bradley's programs. The master of ceremonies for the event was Barbara Morse Silva, Channel 10 Health Check Reporter. The co-chairs of the event were Gary and Roberta Serby. Guest enjoyed dinner catered by Russell Morin Fine Catering, a live auction presented by Paul Zekos of The Zekos Group, and dancing to the sounds of Brass Attack.
"The outpouring of support, both physical and monetary, at this annual event is truly inspiring. We are so grateful to have the support of leading Rhode Island companies like Hasbro, Inc., and Amica Insurance, who lead a long list of caring partners that make this evening possible. Their ongoing involvement, combined with the efforts and generosity of so many business and community leaders and caring individuals means so much to all of us at Bradley Hospital," said Daniel J. Wall, president and chief executive officer.
Rowland Barrett, Ph.D., director of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Bradley Hospital, provided an overview of the Center's clinical work in the genetics of autism, focusing on future prevention. This research is led by Eric Morrow, M.D., Ph.D., director of the developmental disorders genetics research program. Morrow and his team are using genometric methods to help identify genetic markers that indicate autism.
The ultimate outcome could be akin to the creation of a simple blood test for autism to be administered to infants, similar to how the "heel prick" test for phenylketonuria (PKU) is done on infants now. In the case of the PKU test, if an infant is found to be lacking a specific enzyme, the infant's diet is altered to actually prevent brain damage.
The autism research at Bradley holds similar potential. "This promises to be a game changer in fighting this disorder. The results are going to guide treatment in autism and potentially even lead us to methods that may allow us to prevent autism," Morrow stated in a video shown at the event.
Proceeds from the event will support Bradley Hospital's programs that benefit children and adolescents. The live auction Fund-A-Need will support the work of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, including its Intensive Behavioral Treatment program.
L-R. Daniel J. Wall, president and chief executive officer of Bradley Hospital; Denise Wall;Roberta and Gary Serby, event co-chairs
Monica Laurans and Scott Laurans, chairman of the Lifespan board of trustees
Barbara Goldner and Brian Goldner, president and chief executive officer of Hasbro, Inc.
Brian and Mary Ellen Abramek with their parents
Click here to see a slideshow of the event photos