Founded more than 40 years ago, the Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (RFK IDDRC) has long been at the forefront of research on brain development and function, while simultaneously providing clinical care for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs). It is also one of the oldest designated University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Research, Education and Service (UCEDD) and, as such, has intimate links to Einstein’s UCEDD clinical arm - the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC).
CERC provides clinicians and investigators with the challenge and opportunity of working with large numbers of IDD-related conditions in the genetically diverse and socioeconomically compromised population of the Bronx.
Demonstrating further integration within Einstein’s RFK IDDRC, the UCEDD is also home to the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program, one of only 38 in the United States, which supports interdisciplinary clinical training for medical and allied health professionals who care for individuals with special healthcare needs.
Yesterday, the IDDRC hosted it's 4th Annual Isabelle Rapin Conference on Communication Disorders. The event was organized by IDDRC NGEN Core Assistant Director, Bernice Morrow and focused on 22q11.2 (DiGeorge Syndrome/VCFS). In addition to outside speakers (Donna McGinn from CHOP, Ann Swillen from the University of Leuven, Carrie Bearden from UCLA and Wendy Kates from SUNY) Einstein IDDRC member Dr. Noboru Hiroi discussed his work with mouse models and copy number variation in 22q112 as they relate to autism and schizophrenia.
Date: Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
Time: 8:30 to 3:00
Location: Price Center’s LeFrak Auditorium.
Donna McDonald-McGinn (CHOP)
Ann Swillen (University of Leuven)
Carrie Bearden (UCLA)
Wendy Kates (SUNY)