Author Royalties From Autism Book Donated to Autism Research

11/3/2008

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 3
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paul Offit, MD,
announced today that all author royalties earned from the sale of his new
book, "Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search
for a Cure," will be donated to the Center for Autism Research at
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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"We are very pleased to partner with Dr. Offit, and to accept the
royalties of his book for the work done here at the Center for Autism
Research (CAR) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia," said Dr. Bob
Schultz, director of the Center for Autism Research at Children's Hospital.
"CAR is dedicated to helping children with an autism spectrum disorder
(ASD) and their families. CAR's mission is to identify the causes of ASD,
and from that knowledge devise effective treatments. By donating profits
from his book, Dr. Offit is helping to push science forward for the good of
all."

Dr. Offit, who is chief of Infectious Disease and director of the
Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital, recounts the history of
autism research and argues that antivaccination forces have misled the
public by claiming a false link between vaccines and autism, a challenging
neurological condition whose true cause remains unknown.

Dr. Offit's book underscores the importance of dedicating scarce social
resources toward supporting legitimate scientific research into autism,
rather than being needlessly diverted into implausible and scientifically
unsupported treatments.

Paul A. Offit, M.D. is the chief of Infectious Diseases and the
director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of
Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology
and professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of
Medicine. He has received numerous awards, including the J. Edmund Bradley
Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland School
of Medicine, the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the
Infectious Diseases Society of America, and a Research Career Development
Award from the National Institutes of Health. An international expert on
rotavirus-specific immune responses, Dr. Offit is the co-inventor of the
rotavirus vaccine RotaTeq, for which he received the Jonas Salk Award from
the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology,
the Gold Medal from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the
Stanley A. Plotkin Award in Vaccinology from the Pediatric Infectious
Diseases Society.

Media Contact:

Rachel Salis-Silverman

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

267-426-6063

Salis@email.chop.edu


SOURCE The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia