Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research CenterUniversity of Kansas - Lawrence
Life Span Institute
1000 Sunnyside Ave
Lawrence, KS 66045
Center Director: John Colombo Ph.D.
Center Director: Peter Smith Ph.D. (Co-Director)
The mission of the Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center is to support high quality basic and applied research relevant to the causes and prevention of intellectual and developmental disabilities. We also support research aimed at the prevention and remediation of some of the many secondary conditions associated with intellectual and developmental disabilities, such as difficulty in language acquisition and behavior problems. For more than four decades KIDDRC, in partnership with the Eunice K. Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and other federal agencies, has played a major role in generating effective behavioral interventions aimed at the causes, prevention, and treatment for intellectual and related developmental disabilities, and in delineating basic knowledge of the underlying biology of typical and atypical development. We have accomplished this by uniting researchers and clinicians in a common effort at three critical sites within the state of Kansas: the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Juniper Gardens Children's Project; and the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City with a total of 119,000 square feet of dedicated research space across the three sites, with more than half constructed since 2007. The areas of language and communication disorders (Theme 1), risk, intervention and prevention (Theme 2), neurobiology of IDD (Theme 3) and biology of early development (Theme 4) are the primary research themes. Each theme arose as a result of genuine research strengths and grassroots collaborations.
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