Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience
Director of Research, Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center, Department of Pediatrics
Associate Director, Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
The crucial interaction of RFK IDDRC scientists with their clinical partners in CERC and CHAM
Central to the mission of the Kennedy IDDRC at Einstein is an active and vigorous program for recruiting local children from the diverse populations of the Bronx into our research protocols. This is achieved through the extensive network of clinics that compose the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) and the pediatric clinics of the Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM). Through these clinics, Einstein provides access to the highest quality of pediatric care to children from the Bronx who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs).
CERC offers extensive diagnostic and clinical services that are not typically available to the urban poor, specifically directed at diagnosing and treating IDDs. A visit to CERC begins with a thorough diagnosis of physical and developmental disabilities, and is followed by targeted services such as speech and language therapy, physical and occupational therapy and dental care with conscious sedation.
Through more than 58,000 visits per year, CERC provides assessment and services to more than 7,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities. In addition, each year, more than 1,200 children with an autism spectrum disorder are cared for in one of CERC's nine interdisciplinary clinical units.
With services that span infancy to late adolescence, CERC has developed strong, trusting, long-term relationships with families and individuals who have developmental disabilities. Through the efforts of its Human Clinical Phenotyping Core, many of these children are routinely enrolled into the research registry where they can be paired with ongoing projects of the RFK IDDRC.
Dr. John Foxe serves as both associate director of the RFK IDDRC and the research director of CERC. These dual roles place him at the nexus of the basic research enterprise and the clinical front lines, allowing for a greater level of communication and collaboration between these two crucial arms of the IDDRC community at Einstein.