TRENTON – Gov. Christie appointed four new members to the Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism.
They are BrosUnitedD (BUD) Mentorship Program co-founder and Program Director Matthew P. Cortland (Marlton, Burlington); retired Superintendent of the Atlantic County Special Services School District Barbara J. Morvay (Northfield, Atlantic); Parents Of Autistic Children (POAC) Executive Director Gary Weitzen (Lakewood, Ocean); and Bancroft Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer Caroline Eggerding, M.D. (Haddonfield, Camden). Each member will serve a 3-year term and will serve without compensation. These direct appointments by the Governor do not require the advice and consent of the New Jersey State Senate.
The governor’s office said in a release that the Council, charged with creating a Center for Excellence, will coordinate research and apply and advance best practices in the understanding, prevention, evaluation and treatment of autism, enhancing the lives of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Additionally, they awarded $5 million in basic science research grants to study the causes, triggers and treatment of ASDs.