Cutting-edge innovation in research related to developmental disabilities
The IDDRC@WUSTL, along with partner St. Louis Children's Hopsital, is part of a network of Centers of Excellence for research in mental retardation and developmental disabilities, established through Congress in 1963. Together, with 14 other nationally-funded IDDRC's located within the nation's top universities and children's hospitals, we are dedicated to improving the lives of children with developmental disabilities through a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment that is enhances research, promotes improvements in clinical care, and involves community coordination with our many partners.
Our research is organized around the prediction and prevention of preterm birth, elucidation of intermediate phenotypes, characterization of the developing human brain, and functional genomics for discovery of convergent pathogenic mechanisms. These research activities occur across four cores, with findings that our synthesized into clinical interventions that improve the diagnosis and treatment of IDD's.