The Joseph P. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center

University of Chicago

5841 S. Maryland Ave
MC5058, Rm. WP C503
Chicago, IL 60637
773-503-1394 (tel)
773-908-9032 (fax)


The Joseph P. Kennedy Intelectual and  Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) at the University of Chicago has been created to unite a community of scientists who are committed to brain and behavioral development research and to the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with afflictions leading to mental retardation and developmental disabilities. The MRDDRC includes researchers from the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The overarching goal of the IDDRC is to advance the quality, depth and translational relevance of Chicago-area research in the broad set of disciplines related to mental retardation and developmental disabilities. This is achieved by supporting core facility infrastructure and trans-institutional interactions, such as seminars and symposia, as well as by publicizing the scientific achievements made by all members of the Center.

As the only IDD Research Center in Illinois, we provide services to scientists from the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The scope of the J.P. Kennedy IDDRC research portfolio is remarkably broad, encompassing genetic, biochemical, cellular, physiological and behavioral studies of brain development as well as translational and clinical research on numerous developmental disorders. An outstanding cadre of more than 50 basic scientists, behavioral scientists and clinicians from the three local institutions represent diverse disciplines including: Pediatrics, Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Physiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Organismal Biology and Anatomy, Human Genetics, Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, Medicine, Radiology, Human Development and Child Psychiatry. Several project areas encompass research that relates to important clinical problems, or translates directly to patient care and therapy, in diseases including: epilepsy, delayed language development, autism, traumati brain injury, neural tube defects, aggression/explosive disorders, drug addition, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, neurodegenerative diseases, Batten's Disease, mucolipidoses, chondrodystrophies, stroke, Alzheimer's, Tourette's Syndrome and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Members have access to services from scientific Cores in the areas of Genomics and Bioinformatics, Model Organisms Behavioral Analysis, Cell and Tissue Culture, Imaging and Clinical and Translational Research.

A. Administrative Core
B. Genomics and Bioinformatics Core
C. Model Organisms Core
D. Behavioral Analysis Core
E. Cell and Tissue Culture Core
F. Imaging Core
G. Neurodevelopmental and Intelectual Disabilities Clinical and Translational Research Core

Created 5/18/2007 by djames
Last modified 10/4/2011 by cmiclea