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The Children's Research Institute

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

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver District of Columbia Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (DC-IDDRC) at Children’s National conducts multidisciplinary, translational, clinical and community research in intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our mission is to expand the understanding of the causes underlying intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), 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. Children’s National has played a crucial role in bringing together four major academic medical centers in D.C. — Children's National, the George Washington University (GWU), Georgetown University (GU) and Howard University (HU) — to create a vigorous and supportive environment for IDD investigators.

Funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and directed by principal investigator Vittorio Gallo, Ph.D., the DC-IDDRC at Children’s focuses on the genetic, cellular, developmental and psychological causes of intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

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