Eric Courchesne is a leader on brain structure and abnormalities in autism, and has been pursuing research into autism before most IMFAR attendees “knew what autism was.” Dr. Courchesne had polio as a child, which left him unable to walk or stand. Medical intervention gave him the ability to walk without braces, and allowed him to eventually become a nationally ranked college gymnast. So, he has a personal stake in overcoming disability, and sincerely believes medical science can make a difference for kids with autism. He dedicated his IMFAR 2011 presentation to his mother.
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