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 14 cooperative centers, is focused on four research themes: (1) the prediction and prevention of preterm birth, (2) elucidation of core elements of risk and resilience for IDD, (3) characterization of the developing human brain, and (4) understanding cellular and molecular mechanisms of genetic risk for IDD. The IDDRC@WUSTL advances this agenda through four core scientific facilities that are designed to support scientific endeavors to clarify genetic and environmental causes of IDD, examining and modifying these causal factors in cellular and animal model systems, exploring their impact on the developing human brain, and translating the resulting knowledge into higher-impact intervention to prevent or treat intellectual and developmental disabilities.