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The Children's National Research Institute

District of Columbia Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (DC-IDDRC)

The District of Columbia Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (DC-IDDRC) conducts multidisciplinary, basic, translational, clinical and community research in intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs). Our mission is to expand the understanding of the causes underlying IDDs, develop innovative therapies, and prevent or attenuate the full effects of these disorders, so that each child can achieve her/his full physical and intellectual potential. 

Our major themes are:

  1. Neural development and neurodevelopmental disorders
  2. Fetal and neonatal brain injury
  3. Genetic disorders

Children’s National Hospital (lead institution) has played a crucial role in bringing together four major academic institutions in D.C. – Children’s National, the George Washington University, Georgetown University and Howard University – to create, grow and sustain a vigorous center and a supportive environment for IDD investigators.