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Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development is a Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (EKS IDDRC), funded by the EKS National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (EKS NICHD). The NICHD-funded national IDDRC network advances the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and amelioration of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). VKC IDDRC investigators address autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, genetic syndromes, and acquired or general IDD. They use a broad range of methodologies including identifying basic mechanisms, treatment targets, and aberrant developmental processes in model systems; measuring cognitive, social, emotional, and neural phenotypes in IDD; and conducting treatment and intervention studies. Many IDDRC investigators study typical and atypical processes.

EKS NICHD Priorities for IDD Research

Overview of IDDRC Network aims and IDD research priorities.

Faculty Membership

Application process and form, and benefits of membership.

External Advisory Committee

The External Advisory Committee (EAC) evaluates IDDRC services and functioning, advises leadership on new or emerging core-related technologies, and recommends ways to improve integration of U54 project and cores.


The IDDRC cores facilitate interdisciplinary and translational research in IDD; support IDD-related projects funded by other sources; and support a U54 IDDRC research project related to 1 or more of the 5 focus themes identified as an area of research need in IDD.

IDDRC U54 Research Project: Sensory and Multisensory Contributions to Autism (Mark Wallace, PI)

IDDRC Directory list

IDDRC Leadership