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Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC)


As one of 15 IDDRCs funded by the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) The mission of the UNC Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) is to support and promote multidisciplinary research and research training on the pathogenesis and treatment/prevention of neurodevelopmental disorders. Major advances towards accomplishing this mission come from an iterative process; whereby behavioral observations will critically inform basic biological studies and the results of these biological studies will in turn lead to more focused and refined behavioral studies characterizing specific genotype-phenotype relationships.

Major research themes in the IDDRC include:
  • Gene-brain-behavior relationships in neurogenetic syndromes
  • Basic Neuroscience
  • Behavioral development in normal and at risk populations
  • Interventions — including Psychopharmacology, Early Educ/ Behavioral Intervention & Studies of Service Delivery & Cultural Factors in MRDD.


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