Clinical Translational Core [Core B]

Director - Beth Malow, M.D., M.S.


Core B is a bridge between basic and clinical scientists who aim to advance the translational impact of their research on intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The fundamental goal of Core B is to enable IDD research to be conducted optimally from study design to recruitment/enrollment to implementation and ensure more appropriate representation of those with IDD in non-IDD ongoing research studies.

The core provides intensive support for clinical and translational investigators who may be less familiar with conducting human studies or novel study designs, essential recruitment support, maintenance of disability-specific registries, and enhancement of inclusion of IDD populations in ongoing research studies.

For an overview of Core B and to learn about new services, watch the Core B Overview webinar.

For a helpful webinar on inclusion presented by our core, watch "Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Research: Opportunities and Challenges"

Core B Services

Core B services may be requested through the Core B service request form (button at left).
  • Study Support and Consultations

    Provides hands-on support to investigators interested in including IDD populations in ongoing research studies. This hands-on support will allow studies to meet their enrollment targets, while training these teams to design, recruit, consent participants, and implement future studies on their own that will serve as models for other teams.
  • Recruitment Services

    Provides expertise on communicating study details to families and different communities in ways that optimize success via print materials, web, media, social media, and clinics and programs at the institutional, community, state, and national levels. Includes Studies-in-Schools consultations and connections to recruitment tools across Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • Research Registries

    Provides access to disability-specific registries such as the Autism Research Registry and the Down Syndrome Research Registry.
  • Core B Resourcces

Key Personnel