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See also Jim Adams journal in this site:

·      Literature Review of Essential Fatty Acids

·      Summary of Montreal’s 3rd Annual Medical Conference on Autism

·      Summary of Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) October 2001 Conference

·      Overview of Autism Research, Testing, and Treatments

 

 

 

                                                       

ADAMS, James B.

 

 

NAME                                                                                                      POSITION TITLE
James Brewster Adams                                                                   Professor

INSTITUTION AND LOCATION

DEGREE

YEAR(S)

FIELD OF STUDY

Duke University, Durham, NC
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

BS
MS
PhD

1984
1986
1987

Physics
Materials Science and Engr.
Materials Science and Engr.

 

Professional Experience

·        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

 

Honors

·        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)

 

Autism-Related Service

·        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

 

 

Selected Publications

·        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

 

 

See also Jim Adams journal in this site:

·      Literature Review of Essential Fatty Acids

·      Summary of Montreal’s 3rd Annual Medical Conference on Autism

·      Summary of Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) October 2001 Conference

·      Overview of Autism Research, Testing, and Treatments

 

 

 

 

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