Our Purpose

The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC, formerly MRDDRC) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania was established in 1990 with the support of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The goals of the center are: (1) to make available core laboratory services that support research in the field of developmental disabilities; (2) to encourage new projects by sponsoring seminars, lectures and visiting professorships; (3) to enhance inter-disciplinary research; (4) to improve methods for the diagnosis and treatment of developmental disabilities; (5) to bring young investigators into the field through a New Program Development Award.

The center is intended to augment existing NIH or NSF awards so that qualified investigators can expand their research horizons beyond the scope of their grants. At present, center membership includes over 90 projects from over 65 investigators from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences. All interested individuals, including those without current NIH or NSF funding, are encouraged to attend the monthly seminars that the center sponsors during the academic year.