EKS NICHD Priorities for IDD Research

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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. Its members are seasoned scientists in IDD translational research and IDDRC scientific leadership and management. In 2015-16, a family disability advocate was added. The EAC meets annually.

  • Leonard Abbeduto, Ph.D.
    Tsakopoulos-Vismara Endowed Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Director, MIND Institute
    University of California-Davis

  • Carrie Bearden, Ph.D.
    Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Psychology
    University of California Los Angeles

  • Daniel Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D.
    Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Chair in Human Genetics, Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry
    Director, Neurogenetics Program
    Director, Center for Autism Research and Treatment
    Co-Director, Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics
    UCLA School of Medicine

  • Pat Levitt, Ph.D.
    Pat Levitt, PhD Chief Scientific Officer, Vice President, and Director, The Saban Research Institute
    Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
    WM Keck Professor in Neurogenetics, Department of Pediatrics
    Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

  • Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D.
    President and CEO
    Kennedy Krieger Institute

  • John Shouse
    Parent and Disability Public Policy Advocate
    Former Chair, VKC Community Advisory Council

  • Timothy Shriver, Ph.D.
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Special Olympics

  • Larry J. Young, Ph.D.
    William P. Timmie Professor of Psychiatry
    Center for Behavioral Neuroscience
    Emory University


IDDRC Leadership

Core Directors

Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders Featured Editorial: Inaugural annual special section of the intellectual and developmental disabilities research centers: developmental cognitive neuroscience and neurodevelopmental disorders

The VKC Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Grant #U54HD083211.