Who: David Kirby, the New York based inves­tiga­tive jour­nalist and author of the New York Times Best-​​seller, “Evi­dence of Harm, Mer­cury in Vac­cines and the Autism Epi­demic — A Med­ical Controversy”

What: Hosted by Dr. Richard Deth, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor of Phar­ma­cology, Mr. Kirby will be at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity to dis­cuss one of the hottest med­ical topics – the debate between vac­cines and autism. This lec­ture and Q & A ses­sion is free and open to the public.

When: Friday, June 27, 2008, 06:00 PM — 09:00 PM

Where: North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, Behrakis Health Sci­ences Center, 30 Leon Street, Room 10

Why: As a follow-​​up to his book “Evi­dence of Harm,” Mr. Kirby will dis­cuss the following:

*A recent case in the US Vac­cine Court in which the fed­eral gov­ern­ment con­ceded that vac­cines induced autism in one little girl – and updates on other cases in the court.

*Growing evi­dence of a link between mito­chon­drial dys­func­tion and autistic regres­sion, and case studies of sev­eral ASD chil­dren with mito­chon­drial issues.

*State-​​of-​​the-​​art research underway at top uni­ver­si­ties on the con­nec­tion between envi­ron­mental toxins, mito­chon­drial func­tion, oxida­tive stress, glu­tathione deple­tion, neuro-​​inflammation and autistic encephalopathy.

*Dec­la­ra­tions by the Pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates that autism is epi­demic and calling for more research into vac­cines and mer­cury as pos­sible causes.

*Recent studies linking ASD risk with heavy metals and other con­t­a­m­i­nants in air pollution.

The visit is made pos­sible by Gen­er­a­tion Rescue, Autism Research Insti­tute, National Autism Asso­ci­a­tion, Coali­tion for SAFE MINDS, and Talk About Curing Autism.

For more infor­ma­tion about this lec­ture, please con­tact Jenny Eriksen at (617) 373‑2802 or via email at j.​eriksen@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.