The Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center is one of Einstein’s oldest research centers, having been established in the 1960’s following the creation of the National Institute for Child Health and Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The Center provides a forum through which both basic scientists and clinicians address intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) of children, through studies ranging from those using animal models, to translational and clinical studies. The RFK IDDRC collaborators, representing nearly 100 labs and clinics at Einstein/Montefiore, have a common goal of disease discovery, pathogenic cascade analysis, pre- and postnatal diagnosis, prevention and treatment.
The Center has a vibrant administrative program supporting new and productive collaborations at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center by uniting basic scientists focused on normal and abnormal brain development and function with clinicians caring for children with IDDs.
The Center supports four cutting-edge scientific cores providing integrated support for biomedical, clinical and translational research focused on IDDs.
The Center, through the generosity of the College, offers an annual Pilot and Feasibility Grant Initiative designed to stimulate and enhance IDD-related research and collaboration at Einstein/Montefiore.
The Center jointly sponsors seminars with basic science and clinical departments as well as the Isabelle Rapin Conference on Communication Disorders designed to foster cutting-edge research and the finest clinical care for IDD-related conditions. It also is a sponsor of Rare Disease Day annually, and publishes a biannual newsletter.