Waisman Center

University of Wisconsin-Madison

1500 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53705
608-263-5776 (tel)
608-263-0529 (fax)

Center Director: Albee Messing, VMD, Ph.D. Interim Center Director
608-263-5940 (tel)
608-263-3300 (fax)

Center Director: Qiang Chang, Ph.D. Center Associate Director, IDDRC
608-262-9416 (tel)


Scientific discovery is the mission of the Intellectual and Developmental Disability Research Center (IDDRC) -- discovering why child development goes awry, discovering ways to prevent developmental disabilities, discovering treatments and interventions -- so that children and adults with disabilities can live, learn, work and enjoy their lives with their families and friends in their own communitites.

Established by Congress in 1963 as "centers of excellence" for research in mental retardation and developmental disabilities IDDRCs represent our nation's first sustained effort to prevent and treat developmental disabilities through biomedical and behavioral research. Today, they represent the world's largest concentration of scientific expertise in the fields of intellectual and developmental disabilities. They form a network that fosters communication, innovation, and excellence in research.

The IDDRC at the Waisman Center involves 57 investigators from 25 University of Wisconsin-Madison departments in 77 research projects. These projects are organized into three Groups, each with a unifying theme:

  • The Molecular and Genetic Sciences Group focuses on the developing nervous system and the etiology and treatment of developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative disorders.
  • The Communication and Cognitive Processes Group focuses on speech, language, communication, cognitive, and sensory processes in children with disabilities and those who are typically developing.
  • The Social and Affective Processes Group focuses on affect and social interaction across the life span in individuals with disabilities and typically developing individuals and their families.

Funding for the IDDRC from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development supports centralized, state-of-the-art research resources and facilities, which are shared by investigators with research projects at the Waisman Center.

Brain Imaging Core
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience Core
Clinical Translational Core
Rodent Models Core

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