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Welcome to the Washington University Intellectual and Developmental Disability Research Center website. The IDDRC@WUSTL, with its partner St. Louis Children’s Hospital, is the latest center to expand the network of Centers of Excellence for research in mental retardation and developmental disabilities as established by Congress in 1963. The IDDRCs are the nation’s first and foremost sustained effort to prevent and treat developmental disabilities through biomedical and behavioral research. In addition to IDDRC@WUSTL, there are 14 nationally funded IDDRCs located at the nation’s top universities and children’s hospitals. As a new center, the IDDRC@WUSTL is dedicated to improving the lives of children with developmental disabilities through a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment that enhances research, clinical care and community coordination. 

The mission of the IDDRC@WUSTL is to implement cutting-edge innovations in science for the discovery of new high impact interventions for all individuals with developmental disabilities. It incorporates vigorous interchange with scientists in other institutions, clinical providers for children with developmental disabilities and the local community. Founded upon the collaborative, interdisciplinary environment of the Washington University School of Medicine, we are committed to: advocacy, a forward agenda of research and clinical care to improve the lives of children with developmental disabilities.