Cutting-edge innovation in research related to developmental disabilities
The IDDRC@WUSTL, along with partner St. Louis Children's Hospital, is part of a network of 15 Intellectual and Developmental Disability Research Centers (IDDRC's) funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development through an act of Congress in 1963. These centers are located in some of the nation's top universities and children's hospitals and are committed to advancing understanding of a variety of conditions and topics related to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).
The IDDRC@WUSTL, as one of the 15 cooperative centers, is focused on four research themes: (1) the prediction and prevention of preterm birth, (2) elucidation of intermediate phenotypes, (3) characterization of the developing human brain, and (4) functional genomics for discovery of convergent pathogenic mechanisms. The Center's activities occur across four cores, with findings that are synthesized into clinical interventions that improve the diagnosis and treatment of IDD's.