FEATURED ADVOCACY TRACK PRESENTATION: THE COST OF AUTISM

"The Cost of Autism" is an exploratory web app that provides state and district level estimates about the costs of vaccine injury-induced autism and other conditions. Each analysis explores costs associated with a potential mechanism of injury and the costs associated with the resulting management, education, treatment, and care.

It is vital to explore the potential causes of the autism epidemic and its potential costs to America as part of a call to our nation to fund research into factors that could be behind the epidemic. "The Cost of Autism" app was developed by a team of experienced scientific and computer professionals. 

"The Cost of Autism" merges science, population, and economic analyses to reveal the cost of autism in every state and congressional district in America. It includes communications support so everyday citizens can engage in informed conversations to raise questions that many feel have been inadequately addressed. This first-of-its-kind web app will be an indispensable tool for those citizens hoping to explain the scope of the problem to policymakers. The app provides a blueprint for causation research and rings a bell of caution to the nation, reminding us that there is risk in every medical decision.

Dr. Brian Hooker will deliver a detailed demonstration of "The Cost of Autism" web app. Dr. Janet Ferguson will provide analytical substantiation of the costs.  

 

Brian Hooker, PhD, PE

Brian S. Hooker, PhD, PE, is an Associate Professor of Biology at Simpson University in Redding California where he specializes in microbiology and biotechnology.  He also teaches chemistry atShasta CollegeDr. Hooker dedicated over 15 years as a bioengineer and the team leader for the High Throughput Biology Team and Operations Manager of the DOE Genomics: Genomes to Life (GTL) Center for Molecular and Cellular Systems at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). In 1985, Dr. Hooker earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering, from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California. He earned his Masters of Science degree in 1988 and his doctorate in 1990, both in biochemical engineering, from Washington State University, in Pullman, Washington. Dr. Hooker has many accomplishments to his credit including: co-inventor for five patents, recipient of the Battelle Entrepreneurial Award in 2001, and a Federal Laboratory Consortium Recognition Award in 1999, for his work on “Reactive Transport in 3-Dimensions.” The breadth of Hooker’s over 60 science and engineering papers have been published in internationally recognized, peer reviewed journals.

 

 

Janet Ferguson, PhD

Dr. Ferguson is an analyst with a 15-year career in academia and the federal government in the support of research and science policy. Her experience includes program analysis, environmental health, population, and economic analysis.