The mission of the IDDRC is to advance research in intellectual and developmental disabilities in order to generate new strategies for the prevention, treatment and amelioration of these disorders in children.
To facilitate these research endeavors, the Center provides research infrastructure for its members. This includes five core facilities:
- Animal Models Core. Offers animal husbandry, mouse genetic engineering, rodent behavior assessment, radiologic small-animal imaging, and metabolomics.
- Cell Systems and Analysis. Offers cell culture and neurohistology services.
- Molecular Discovery. Provides transcriptome and proteome analysis, DNA sequencing, IDD-focused informatics, and assists with vector construction.
- Translational Nexus. IDD-focused patient registry, data- and bio-bank.
- Administration. Educational activities, dissemination of information, public outreach, faculty mentoring, and collaboration referral.
These cores are designed to promote translational and clinical research, to facilitate the combined application of molecular and behavioral approaches, and to stimulate interactions among the members of the diverse IDDRC community.
For detailed information on each of the cores and the services they provide, go to the menu heading “For Researchers” on this website.
Other Benefits of IDDRC Membership:
- Notification of symposia, workshops, and continuing education programs; updates on progress and clinical trials, collaboration across disciplines.
- Educational Activities. The Administrative Core organizes annually three or four workshops or mini-symposia focused on a particular topic of IDD.
- Collaborator Referral.
- Faculty Mentoring. The IDDRC is committed to not only recruiting new investigators to IDD research but also helping them develop strong and competitive research programs.
- Community Outreach. These activities include the presentation of public lectures about twice a year for sharing with the community new information on research advances in IDD and its treatments.