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 providing clinical care for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs). With state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, RFK IDDRC scientists are leading the way in research on autism, Rett, Fragile X, Niemann-Pick C and other genetic and neurometabolic disorders, bringing bench research discoveries to the bedside in the form of new and innovative therapies.
The RFK IDDRC is one of the oldest designated University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Research, Education and Service (UCEDD). UCEDD is home to the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program and to UCEDD's clinical arm - the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC). The RFK IDDRC is one of only a handful of centers in the nation with connections to all three of these important programs, and together they represent the hub of Einstein’s IDD research labs and patient clinics.
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)