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Johns Hopkins: Psychiatrists from China Discuss Autism Air Pollution Project During Visit

Dr. Li-Ching Lee, associate scientist in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology, and her team hosted a delegation of psychiatrists from China at the Bloomberg School Dec. 8-10 as part of a joint research project exploring air pollution’s effects on autism risk. Dr. Lee also is an associate director of the Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at the Bloomberg School. The five-year, $2.8 million National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded project centers on researching the neurologic development of Chinese children born around the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when air pollution was tightly controlled.

During their visit, the delegation from Peking University conferred on the study and visited the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders, as well as a nonprofit service provider for adults and children with autism. The delegation included Dr. Jing Liu, director of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center at Peking University Institute of Mental Health and Peking University Sixth Hospital; Dr. Yanqing Guo, vice-director of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center and chair of the professional committee of Applied Behavioral Analysis; Dr. Li Yang, deputy director of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center and a research scientist at the Chinese Institute of Brain Research in Beijing; Dr. Yufeng Wang, a professor and research scientist at Peking University Sixth Hospital and Peking University Institute of Mental Health; and Dr. Xue Li, vice-director of the professional committee of Applied Behavioral Analysis for the Chinese Association for Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons.

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