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ADAMS, James B.
INSTITUTION AND LOCATION
FIELD OF STUDY
Duke University, Durham, NC
· Postdoc, Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 1987-1989
· Assistant Professor, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Un. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1989-1995
· Associate Professor, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Un. of Illinois at Urbana-Champiagn 1995-1996
· Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemical, Bio and Materials Engineering, Arizona State Un., 1996-1998
· Professor, Dept of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Arizona State Un., 1998-present
· Co-Director, interdisciplinary Science and Engineering of Materials Program, Arizona State Un., 1998-present
· NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1991)
· Burnett Award for Teaching (1991)
· Xerox Award for Faculty Research (1994)
· ASM Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers (1996)
· Teachers rated Excellent by their students (11 times)
· Representative of the (national) Autism Society of America to the NIEHS Public Interest Liason Group, 2001-present
· President, Greater Phoenix Chapter of Autism Society of America, 2000-present
· Vice-President, Greater Phoenix Chapter of Autism Society of America, 1999.
· Conference Organizer, “Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD,” Tempe, AZ, Nov. 1999.
· Conference Organizer, “Autism: Nutrition, Supplements, and Environmental Toxins”, Phoenix, AZ, Sept. 2000.
· Conference Organizer, “Hope for Autism,” Mesa, AZ Nov. 2001
· Conference Organizer, “Help for Autism,” Tempe, AZ Sept 2002
· C. Holloway, J.B. Adams, X. Liu, F. George, M. Margolis, F. Castro, W. McGinnis, K. Medville, “Assessing the link between Autism and Mercury Toxicity,” in preparation.
· J.B. Adams, C. Holloway, R. Fabes, C. Schneider, R. Melmed, C. Johnston, L. Dinella, “Effect of Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation on Children with Autism,” submitted to J. Clin. Nutr.
· J. Adams and W. McGinnis, “Vitamins, Minerals, and Autism”, The Advocate 2002 1:8-10.
· J.B. Adams, “Statewide Survey of Services by Department of Developmental Disabilities for People with Autism,” report of the Greater Phoenix Chapter of the Autism Society of America, 2000.
· Over 80 other publications in peer-reviewed journals, and over 15 other publications in peer-reviewed conference proceedings.
Recent Autism-related Research Funding
Vitamin/Mineral Pilot Study: 2000/2001; Adams PI
· Arizona State University ($10,000); Phoenix ASA ($1500); Autism Society of America Foundation ($3000)
· Goal: Determine if a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement can reduce the symptoms of autism.
· Accomplishment: statistically significant improvement in 2 of 8 areas (sleep and GI problems); paper submitted
B6-Dependent Enzyme Abnormalities: 2001/2002 Adams PI
· Arizona State University: $8,000 (sample collection); free analysis at Vitamin Diagnostics
· Goal: Investigate the activity of the enzyme pyridoxal kinase for converting vitamin B6 to its active form (P5P) in children with autism vs controls; also measure the activity of several other P5P-dependent enzymes that control production of key neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, GABA)
· Accomplishment: preliminary data determined that pyridoxal kinase and several P5P enzymes are severely inhibited; awaiting remaining set of results from lab
Relationship between Autism and Heavy Metal Toxicity: 2001/2002 Adams PI
· Arizona State University ($20,000); Phoenix and Tucson ASA ($3000)
· Goal: Determine if heavy metals are related to the symptoms of autism, including a medical history evaluation, and hair analysis of heavy metals
· Accomplishment: determined that elevated maternal seafood consumption, elevated antibiotic usage (which inhibits mercury excretion), and adverse vaccine reactions are significantly associated with autism; hair analysis confirmed elevated mercury levels in mothers of children with autism, and deficiencies of several essential minerals in children with autism; now writing paper
Thimerosal Toxicity in Infant Mice: 2002 Adams PI
· SAFE Minds ($6000); Arizona State University ($9000)
· Goal: Determine the toxicity of thimerosal (a mercury preservative in vaccines) as a function of age (infants vs. adults), dosage (acute vs. chronic) and antibiotic usage (known to inhibit mercury excretion in rats)
· Accomplishment: LD50 data completed; now conducting analysis of mercury levels in brains
National Web-Site for Autism Data: 2002-2004 Adams co-PI, with 6 other faculty
· Arizona State University ($160,000 over 3 years, shared between 6 PI’s)
· Goal: Create a national web-based data collection and analysis system for evaluating medical histories and treatment efficacy in people with autism
· Accomplishment: completed draft of medical history form; now implementing in HTML
Protein Abnormalities in Urine of People with Autism: 2002; Adams PI
· Phoenix ASA ($1500);
· Goal: Use proteomic techniques to search for possible abnormalities of 50 suspect proteins in the urine of people with autism, their parents and siblings, and a control family (n=250). ASU collected the samples, and sent them to Intrinsic Bioprobes for free testing, as part of their NIH-funded project to develop new proteomic techniques.
· Accomplishment: 250 urine samples collected; awaiting lab results
Personal Note: Father of a child with autism
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