Founded nearly 50 years ago, the Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) has long been at the forefront of research on normal and abnormal brain development in children. Recent developments, including the Einstein-Montefiore merger, bode well for the Center’s future as it approaches its second half century.
Our closest clinical partner – the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC), is now revitalized and under new leadership with its clinics fully consolidated in the Van Etten building adjacent to Kennedy. This move has also made available additional research space in the Kennedy building, facilitating a planned expansion and revitalization of Einstein’s Neuroscience program. In addition, new recruitments and a continued expansion of our Montefiore clinical partner, the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), has set the stage for ever-expanding translational studies linking basic science expertise at Einstein with specific neurodevelopmental disorders seen at CHAM clinics, including Rett and Williams syndromes, Niemann-Pick and other lysosomal diseases, neurocutaneous disorders, infantile and childhood seizures, and others.
A key objective of the Rose F. Kennedy IDDRC leadership is to further expand and enhance research collaborations between its basic science investigators and its clinical partners at CERC and CHAM. Through such collaboration we hope to advance understanding of the causes and consequences of neurodevelopmental disorders and to enhance translational studies designed to bring bench research discoveries to the bedside in the form of new and innovative therapies.
An integral part of Einstein’s RFK IDDRC’s outreach is our newsletter, which is published bi-annually and distributed both electronically and on paper. Typically, the publication features a cover story highlighting a notable IDDRC related event or speaker and other significant accomplishments by the IDDRC Membership.read our newsletters >
Einstein often features notable discoveries, interesting projects, opinion pieces, interviews and even human interest stories by doctors and researchers around campus and these are typically disseminated via press releases. The RFK IDDRC, being large and multi-disciplinary frequently has individual members highlighted. learn more >
Einstein’s RFK IDDRC is composed of five Cores: an Administrative Core (ADM) and four (4) scientific Cores. The scientific cores are as follows: the Human Clinical Phenotyping Core (HCP), the Neurogenomics Core (NGEN), the Neural Cell Engineering and Imaging Core ( NCEI), and the Animal Phenotyping Core (AP). Each Core is tightly linked to the others and the ADM Core . learn more >
The RFK IDDRC, through the ADM Core, maintains a sustained effort to bring nationally and internationally recognized speakers to Einstein/Montefiore across a variety of venues. These include the annual Isabelle Rapin Conference on Communication Disorders and Rare Disease Day, both of which we organize. learn more >