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With a generous $300,000 donation reflecting a sister’s legacy of caring towards her autistic brother, research led by Dr. Harold Aukema, Principal Investigator, Nutrition and Lipid Mediators, Canadian Centre for Agri-food Research In Health and Medicine (CCARM), received a significant injection of financial support from the Dyck Family, owners of BrettYoung Seeds.

(L-R) Vince Barletta, President & CEO; Chad Dyck; Dr. Harold Aukema, Principal Investigator, Nutrition and Lipid Mediators with the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research; Jackie Dyck; Dr. Amir Ravandi, Principal Investigator, Cardiovascular Lipidomics, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences; Lloyd Dyck; Dr. Grant Pierce, Director of Research, St. Boniface Hospital; Erik Dyck

The project is looking at ways to better classify autism spectrum disorder (ASD) based on biomarkers evident in the blood, potentially improving the ability to treat the specifics of a disorder historically reliant on behavioural assessments alone. The project is a part of Research Without Borders, an interdisciplinary collaboration between research teams at St. Boniface Hospital Research and Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva, Israel.