2009 Research Topics of Interest (RTOI) Awardees

October 6, 2009

SILVER SPRING, MD (October 6, 2009)- The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) announces funding for seven public health and disability related research projects through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). Nearly $1.5 million dollars was awarded by NCBDDD for seven research projects focusing on a range of disability and health topics including violence and disability, ethnic differences in health by disability, addressing racial, ethnic/other health disparities in Learn the Signs Act Early,  Fragile X premutation, outcomes of children with hearing loss, and increasing primary care provider referrals for early intervention. The 2009 awardees are:

  • Rosemary Hughes, PhD, University of Montana Rural Institute, "Partnering with People with Developmental Disabilities to Address Violence;"
  • Willi Horner-Johnson, PhD, Oregon Institute on Disability and Development. "Addressing Health Disparities at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, & Disability;"
  • Bobbie Vaughn, PhD, Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, "Project Conectar: Building Capacity in a Community to Learn the Signs Act Early;"
  • Daniel Crimmins, PhD, Center for Leadership in Disability, "Addressing Disparities in LTSAE: Reaching Families at Risk for Child Maltreatment;"
  • Daniel Crimmins, PhD, Center for Leadership in Disability,  "Parents as Detailers to Increase Primary Care Provider Referrals for Early Intervention: A Pilot Project;"
  • Betty Vohr, MD, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, "School Age Outcomes of Children With Hearing Loss;"
  • Marsha Seltzer, PhD, Waisman Center, "Prevalence of the Fragile X Premutation"

These projects are a tremendous opportunity for researchers within the AUCD network to work collaboratively with scientists at the NCBDDD to address critical research questions. For more information on current and past projects, please visit http://www.aucd.org/template/page.cfm?id=334.

NCBDDD is a center within CDC whose mission is to promote the health of babies, children, and adults, and enhance the potential for full, productive living. Since 2002, AUCD has worked collaboratively with the NCBDDD through the cooperative agreement with the purposes of strengthening the nation's capacity to carry out public health activities in the areas of birth defects, developmental disabilities, and health promotion for people living with disabilities.

About AUCD
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports a nationwide network of university-based interdisciplinary centers and programs, is actively working to advance policy and practices for individuals with disabilities and their families by conducting basic and applied research, providing training to the next generation of educational, health and allied health professionals and providers, and providing exemplary direct services and supports for individuals and their families. Network members consist of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD), Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Programs funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and 19 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (IDDRC), funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Development (NICHD)

For any questions, contact George Jesien at 301-588-8252.