Waisman Center

University of Wisconsin-Madison

1500 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53705
608-263-5940 (tel)
608-263-0529 (fax)

Center Director: Qiang Chang Ph.D.
[email protected]
608-263-5940 (tel)

Center Director: Bradley Christian, PhD (Associate Director, IDDRC)
[email protected]
608-890-0750 (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 intellectual and 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 intellectual and developmental disabilities, IDDRCs represent our nation's first sustained effort to prevent and treat intellectual and 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 79 research projects headed by 46 faculty, representing 20 departments and 8 of the 12 schools or colleges of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Major themes of the current IDDRC include: Nervous System Development and Pathogenesis; Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Conditions; and Assessment, Interventions, and Therapeutics. Collectively, the activities of the Waisman Center IDDRC aim to stimulate innovative intellectual and developmental disabilities research, with a sharp focus on discovery, prevention, and treatment for intellectual and developmental disabilities conditions, and improvement of the quality of life of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Funding for the IDDRC from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver 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.

Administrative Core
Brain Imaging Core
Clinical Translational Core
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Models Core

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