• Kessler, John (PI)
  • Arezzo, Joseph C. (PI)
  • Vaughan, Hebert (PI)
  • Faber, Donald (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


DESCRIPTION: (Adapted from applicant's description) The Rose F. Kennedy
Center for Research in Mental Retardation and Developmental
Disabilities is commencing its 36th year as the Center for Excellence in basic
and clinical research involving the nervous system and the treatment of
disabilities in children. The Center was founded on the principal that the
strength of the overall research program is dependent on the excellence of
individual investigators, on their ability to develop and maintain
collaborative programs, and on the continued effort to translate findings from
basic science into clinical applications and ultimately therapeutic
interventions. The Center currently supports more than 53 individual
NIH-funded research projects as well as several program projects and training
grants involving 56 faculty from seven departments at the Albert Einstein
College of Medicine. Research programs are focussed in five main areas: 1)
normal and abnormal neural development; 2) chemical and electrical coupling of
neurons; 3) systems and cognitive neuroscience; 4) neurobehavioral assessment
of development; and 5) pathobiology of developmental and degenerative
disorders. Clinical facilities include the Children's Evaluation and
Rehabilitation Center (CERC), which treats more than 9,000 children and their
families from the largely under-served populations of the Bronx. At the heart
of the Kennedy Center are nine core facilities to support research and
clinical activities. Over its history, the Center has been directed by a
series of directors C each of whom has further developed and refined the
research mission of the Center. Dr. Donald Faber assumed the directorship of
the Center in November of 1999. Dr. Joseph Arezzo continues as the Associate

During the current funding period, a number of changes have occurred within
the Center, including changes in Center investigators, core services, as well
as focus (to some degree) of the Center. The number of funding projects being
supported by Center facilities, the dollar amount of these studies, and the
number of research scientists has, for the most part, remained fairly stable.
Effective start/end date12/31/896/30/06


  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development


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