August 2018

CCMV Public Health and Policy Conference Series: CCMV and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Author: Dr. Megan Pesch In October of 2023, researchers, clinicians, and families from around the world gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah for the Congenital CMV Public Health and Policy Conference. It was an exciting three-and-a-half days-- jam-packed with presentations about the latest clinical practices and research findings, as well as congenital CMV families sharing their experiences and lessons learned from their own journeys. This series highlights some of the presenters and their work featured at the conference, to share with our NCMVF community. In this installment, we learn about the relationship between congenital CMV and Autism Spectrum Disorder.  

Board Member Spotlight: John Spytek

Author: John Spytek Meet John Spytek. John co-founded the National CMV Foundation in July 2014, with his wife, on behalf of their daughter, Evelyn Grace. This issue is deeply personal for him and he brings a real sense of tenacity to the group, stemming from his experience in professional sports. 

The Birth Deck: Q&A with Sara Lyon

Author: Kristen Spytek & Sara Lyon It’s OK to feel contradictory emotions simultaneously. Life is dualistic, it is dark and light at once, it is pain and beauty in the same instant. Having gratitude and anger in the same breath is normal and honoring that reality is extraordinary. When we encounter great challenges and allow ourselves to feel everything without judgement or resistance, we can thrive in the aftermath. 

The Ohio CMV Advocacy Project

In May, National CMV awarded the public health awareness mini grant pilot to The Ohio CMV Advocacy Project. We’d like to share their experience in hopes of inspiring others to begin advocating for CMV awareness, on behalf of and in partnership with National CMV, in their state.