Center on Human Development and Disability

University of Washington

Box 357920
Seattle, WA 98195-7920
206-543-7701 (tel)
206-543-5771 (fax)

Center Director: Michael Guralnick Ph.D.
206-543-2832 (tel)
206-543-3417 (fax)


The University of Washington's Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (MRDDRC), based at the Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD), provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary research program in the field of mental retardation/developmental disabilities and related aspects of human development. Research is carried out in three major domains:

  1. Developmental and Molecular Genetics
  2. Developmental Neuroscience
  3. Developmental Processes and Behavioral Science

Interdisciplinary collaborations are emphasized in research carried out in connection with Research Emphasis Areas:

  • Autism
  • Craniofacial Malformations
  • Developmental Toxicology
  • Ecological Factors
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Infectious Disease and Immunology
  • Joubert Syndrome
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • Pediatric Neuro-Oncology

Five scientific core facilities and one administrative core enhance the effectiveness of scientists carrying out their research as part of the MRDDRC. The scientific core support facilities are described in the Cores section below.

Other MRDDRC objectives include training researchers in various disciplines, disseminating research findings, and maintaining linkages to clinical training activities and exemplary service programs.

Infant Primate Research Laboratory
Behavioral Science
Genetics Core: Microarray Component
Genetics Core: Proteomics Component
Instrument Development Laboratory
Neuroscience Core: Brain Imaging
Neuroscience Core: Cellular Morphology

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