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Developmental disabilities center established at Washington University
Date:7/20/2010

passion and dedication of Terrie Inder to this important area of pediatric disability," says Alan L. Schwartz, PhD, MD, the Harriet B. Spoehrer Professor and head of the Department of Pediatrics. "Her optimistic vision for the future catalyzed by creative research is bright. We are proud to have her here and leading this effort."

The center's research focus will be on cerebral connectivity, genetics and environmental influences. Its sections are administrative, animal models, human clinical, imaging and biostatistics and informatics.

The WUIDDRC received additional startup funding from the McDonnell Centers for System Neuroscience and Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology and from the School of Medicine.

Inder also plans to collaborate with other IDDRCs in the Midwest to share knowledge and resources.

"Collaboration will give us greater knowledge of opportunities for helping families and will move the science forward faster," she says.

More than 60 investigators from 12 university departments will be involved in the center's research. Serving as associate directors are John Constantino, MD, the Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Psychiatry and professor of pediatrics; David Holtzman, MD, the Andrew B. and Gretchen P. Jones Professor and head of Neurology and professor of developmental biology; Jeffrey D. Milbrandt, MD, PhD, professor and head of the Department of Genetics and professor of medicine, of neurology and of pathology; Jeffrey J. Neil, MD, PhD, the Allen P. and Josephine B. Green Professor of Neurology and professor of radiology, of pediatrics and of neurobiology; and Schwartz.

The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers were established in 1963 as centers of excellence for research in mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Fourteen national centers are funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development.


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Contact: Beth Miller
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314-286-0119
Washington University School of Medicine
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