Few individuals are more passionate about the health and well-being of children than Claire Dwoskin, a recipient of the AESKU’s 2014 Award for a Lifetime Contribution to Autoimmunity. The prestigious award recognizes those who have gone above and beyond to further the field of autoimmunity research, and is awarded every two years at the International Congress for Autoimmunity.
Ms. Dwoskin is the Founder and President of the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute, an active nonprofit organization that supports independent, methodologically-sound research on autoimmune diseases while raising public awareness of the dramatic rise in autoimmune disease cases in recent years. The Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute has primarily focused on the safety of aluminum adjuvants in vaccines, as there is much to learn about how they impact the immune system, genes and the brain. CMSRI has supported prominent researchers who have made landmark discoveries, such as Lucia Tomljenovic and Christopher Shaw’s groundbreaking paper,”Etiology of autism spectrum disorders: Genes, environment, or both?”
Additionally, research funded by CMSRI has examined the toxic impact of aluminum on such fundamental biological processes as gene expression, cognitive function and social and emotional behavior. Despite the FDA having significantly increased the amount of injected aluminum administered to infants and young children, these in-depth analyses have never been conducted. This poses a justifiable concern among parents, scientists and some physicians that assurances of safety are not reliable.
In order to communicate these important health concerns to the general public, Dwoskin’s Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute has also helped fund documentary films about autoimmunity and aluminum to raise further awareness; the documentaries Age of Aluminum and The Greater Good were both met with wide acclaim.
In addition to her prolific work managing her organization’s various research endeavors, Dwoskin has also been a leader in the international autoimmunity and vaccine community, serving as Co-Chair of the 2nd and 3rd International Symposium on Vaccines. These symposia were a result of the successful and informative Vaccine Safety Conference which brought together scientists, physicians, editors of scientific journals, and an array of vaccine experts to discuss the rising prevalence of autoimmune disorders and chronic health conditions. Dwoskin is also a volunteer board member of the National Vaccine Information Center and has been appointed to two state boards.
Though Dwoskin has been a public advocate for autoimmune research for just 10 years, she’s already made tremendous contributions to the field, and is grateful for the recognition that the AESKU’s Award for a Lifetime Contribution to Autoimmunity has bestowed on the important research and advocacy that will one day provide answers and evidence for patients suffering from these conditions. She believes that the best way to prevent chronic diseases and promote good health is to understand the causal factors and avoid exposures to immune and neurotoxins that could trigger debilitating and incurable conditions such as autoimmune diseases.