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Projects within the IDDRC generally address one or more of NICHD's five focus areas identified in need of research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). In addition five themes for research have emerged over the years from the scientific program at our IDDRC.

Research Themes of the UMMS IDDRC and Illustrative Projects

Theme 1: Fundamental biological processes atypical and typical nervous system development

Example: Rescuing Fragile X Syndrome by Targeting P70 S6 Kinase 1, Joel Richter, Principal Investigator

Theme 2: Environmental influences on behavioral development and functioning

Example: Contingency Analyses of Observing and Attending in Intellectual Disabilities, William Dube, Principal Investigator

Theme 3: Neuodevelopmental disorders and co-morbid conditions

Example: Verbal/Non-Verbal Asynchrony in Adolescents with High-Functioning Autism, Ruth Grossman, Principal Investigator

Theme 4: Health system disparities affecting people with IDD and their families

Example: Addressing Systemic Health Disparities in Early ASD Identification and Treatment, Alice Carter, Principal Investigator

Theme 5: Emergent assistive technologies for analysis and intervention in IDD

Example: Atypical Effects of Reinforcement Procedures in ASD, William McIlvane, Principal Investigator

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