Overview

Founded more than 50 years ago, the Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center has long been at the forefront of research on normal and abnormal brain development. The overarching mission of the Center is to improve the lives of children with intellectual disabilities by fostering basic, translational and clinical research focused on better understanding and treating these conditions.

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Research Program Highlights

  • Oral Contraception Linked to Smaller Hypothalamus

    Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., discusses his study, presented as an abstract at the Radiological Society of North America annual meeting, on the association between oral contraception use and the size of the brain’s hypothalamus. Dr. Lipton is professor of radiology and associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein, and director of MRI Services at Montefiore. 

  • The Cerebellum's Secrets: A Profile of Kamran Khodakhah

    Kamran Khodakhah, Ph.D., who designed his own laboratory tools to study rat brains as a Ph.D. student, is profiled in a feature on his life and body of research, including recent key findings about the cerebellum’s role in addiction and behavior. Dr. Khodakhah is professor and chair of the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience at Einstein.