Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center

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The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development is a Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center. The national IDDRC network advances the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and amelioration of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

VKC IDDRC investigators address autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, genetic syndromes, and acquired or general IDD. They use a broad range of methodologies including identifying basic mechanisms, treatment targets, and aberrant developmental processes in model systems; measuring cognitive, social, emotional, and neural phenotypes in IDD; and conducting treatment and intervention studies. Many IDDRC investigators study typical and atypical processes.

The VKC IDDRC’s overarching goal is to develop precision care for IDD by providing infrastructure and scientific leadership to enable rapid translation of basic discoveries into high-impact interventions and treatment for people with IDD.

EKS NICHD Priorities for IDD Research

Overview of IDDRC Network aims and IDD research priorities.

Faculty Membership

Access the application process and form and learn more about the benefits of VKC membership.

VKC IDDRC Advisory Committees

Learn more about the internal and external advisory committees that guide the priorities, relevance, and activities of the VKC IDDRC.

VKC IDDRC Cores

The IDDRC cores facilitate interdisciplinary and translational research in IDD; support IDD-related projects funded by other sources; and support an IDDRC research project.

IDDRC P50 Research Project

Antipsychotic-induced Weight Gain in Autism Spectrum Disorder

National IDDRC Directory list

Learn more about IDDRCs and where they are located in the United States.

IDDRC Leadership

Core Directors

The VKC Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Grant #U54HD083211.