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Einstein College of Medicine receives $5.7 million for developmental disabilities research
Date:10/17/2011

October 17, 2011 (BRONX, NY) The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University $5.7 million to fund the Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC). The grant supports Einstein's ongoing efforts to improve the lives of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) through combined basic science research and clinical practice.

Occurring in an estimated 10 percent of the population, IDDs constitute some of the most significant health conditions in children. They represent a diverse group of chronic conditions such as autism spectrum disorders and Down syndrome that can limit daily function and impede mobility, language and more. IDDs can begin anytime during a child's development up to 22 years of age, and usually last a lifetime.

"The Rose F. Kennedy Center was founded more than 40 years ago as one of the nation's flagship centers on mental retardation," said Steven Walkley, D.V.M., Ph.D., director of Einstein's IDDRC and professor in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience. "This grant allows us to intensify the translational research we've been doing, which when coupled with clinical care, may lead to a better understanding of the causes, consequences and potential treatments of these conditions." Dr. Walkley is also professor of pathology and in the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology. John Foxe, Ph.D., director of research at Einstein's Children's Evaluation and Reh
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