Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has announced the creation of an Ontario Brain Institute which will include autism disorder expert Dr. Peter Szatmari and a focus on finding biomedical treatments and cures for autism disorders. Dr. Szatmari informed the Hamilton Spectator:
“I think it’s pretty exciting,” Szatmari said Tuesday. “It reflects the importance of a knowledge economy and the importance of biomedical research, particularly in science-research in the quality of life for the people of Ontario. To have a government recognize the importance of the brain in people’s everyday lives is fabulous.
“Currently, we don’t have any biomedical treatments that can treat or even cure the disorder,” Szatmari said. “I’m hoping that with some of these genetic discoveries we can figure out what is going wrong in the brain so we can specifically target those pathways and cure the disorder.”