April is always a month of hope for the autism community, as April is Autism Awareness Month. During this time, the U.S. raises recognition, support, and funding for one of the most prevalent neurodevelopmental disorders affecting young children today. This year, amid the nation’s ongoing fundraisers, events, and social media campaigns, organizations devoted to autism research will come together at the AutismOne Cutting-Edge Autism Conference,® to be held in Chicago. The annual conference, which attracts over one thousand international guests and dozens of leading presenters, will feature the research of scientific organizations like Focus for Health as well as the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute. The Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute focuses on discovering causal factors underlying a range of chronic illnesses affecting children, including autism.
Specifically, at the AutismOne Cutting-Edge Autism Conference® this year, the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute will speak on their landmark research involving aluminum and HPV vaccines in a presentation entitled, “Aluminum Toxicity Track and the HPV Vaccine Safety Track.” CMSRI has communicated research findings about aluminum’s toxicity to both children and adults, and has focused much of their research on the adverse effects of exposure via vaccine aluminum adjuvants. CMSRI has most recently raised awareness about new HPV vaccines, which are administered in multiple doses and contain alarmingly twice as much aluminum adjuvants as previous HPV vaccines. Despite the significant amount of research that has been collected on the dangers of aluminum adjuvants, the FDA has yet to take any steps towards reducing aluminum concentrations in commonly-administered childhood vaccines, and as evident from the latest HPV vaccine, is even willing to let pharmaceutical companies increase aluminum adjuvant concentrations despite there being no evidence of safety.
The adverse effects of aluminum adjuvants first gained widespread attention after Drs. Christopher Shaw and Lucija Tomljenovic published their groundbreaking paper, “Etiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Genes, Environment, or Both?” which concluded that while there may be genetic factors at play in the etiology of autism, there is credible evidence to strongly suggest that environmental factors like vaccine aluminum adjuvants are also influencing a child’s risk for developing autism.
The Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute also recently hosted the 3rd International Symposium on Vaccines at the end of March. The symposium featured 15 presentations concerning autoimmune diseases and the role of adjuvants in vaccines; presenters of diverse scientific concentrations, such as neuroscience, genetics, and immunology, were all in attendance to discuss their research
Through conferences, symposiums, and continued research, organizations like the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute are striving to make meaningful progress towards discovering causes for the autism epidemic. Given that the government has been less than receptive to research on these topics, it seems that only with the persistent voices of these independent research organizations will progress ever be made.