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.
Celebrating International Rare Disease Day
Location: Price Center/Forchheimer
Date: March 2, 2015
Einstein's 4th Annual Rare Disease Day celebration took place on Monday, March 2, 2015, in the Price Center's LeFrak Auditorium. It was followed by an exhibition and live performance in Forchheimer, on Main Street. This year, the event focused on Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSDs), marking the 50th Anniversary of the discovery of this group of diseases, and as such, featured two panels, the first of which was made up of three patients who very generously shared their clinical stories, and of a second, advocacy panel, made up of parents. Dr. Steven Walkley gave a brief history of LSDs and Dr. Robert Marion moderated the two panels. The diseases represented by the patient guests were Gaucher, MPSVI, Fabry, Cystinosis, MPS IIIC and NPC. Following the program in Le Frak, there was a lively and well attended wine & cheese reception on Main Street, where selections from Levi Gershkowitz' "Living in the Light" project was displayed along with Genzyme Corporation's "Expressions of Hope" art exhibition. There was also a live singing performance by Alena Galan, a patient of Dr. Robert Marion.
Steven Walkley, DVM, PhD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
“Lysosomal Disease at Half Century: A New Era Emerges”
January 23, 2015
John D. Wiley Conference Center-University of Wisconsin
Dr. Steven Walkley, Einstein Professor of Neuroscience, Pathology and Neurology and Director of the Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, was chosen as the University of Wisconsin’s 2015 Harry Waisman Memorial Lecturer. Dr. Walkley’s talk, at the John D. Wiley Conference Center on January 23, 2015, entitled “Lysosomal Disease at Half Century: A New Era Emerges,” provided a historical overview of the challenges faced by researchers in the early years after discovery, of this group of devastating diseases.