Founded more than 40 years ago, the Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (RFK IDDRC) has long been at the forefront of research on brain development and function, while providing clinical care for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs). With state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, RFK IDDRC scientists are leading the way in research on autism, Rett, Fragile X, Niemann-Pick C and other genetic and neurometabolic disorders, bringing bench research discoveries to the bedside in the form of new and innovative therapies.
The RFK IDDRC is one of the oldest designated University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Research, Education and Service (UCEDD). UCEDD is home to the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program and to UCEDD's clinical arm - the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC). The RFK IDDRC is one of only a handful of centers in the nation with connections to all three of these important programs, and together they represent the hub of Einstein’s IDD research labs and patient clinics.
Celebrating International Rare Disease Day
Location: Price Center/Forchheimer
Date: March 2, 2015
Einstein's 4th Annual Rare Disease Day celebration took place on Monday, March 2, 2015, in the Price Center's LeFrak Auditorium. It was followed by an exhibition and live performance in Forchheimer, on Main Street. This year, the event focused on Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSDs), marking the 50th Anniversary of the discovery of this group of diseases, and as such, featured two panels, the first of which was made up of three patients who very generously shared their clinical stories, and of a second, advocacy panel, made up of parents. Dr. Steven Walkley gave a brief history of LSDs and Dr. Robert Marion moderated the two panels. The diseases represented by the patient guests were Gaucher, MPSVI, Fabry, Cystinosis, MPS IIIC and NPC. Following the program in Le Frak, there was a lively and well attended wine & cheese reception on Main Street, where selections from Levi Gershkowitz' "Living in the Light" project was displayed along with Genzyme Corporation's "Expressions of Hope" art exhibition. There was also a live singing performance by Alena Galan, a patient of Dr. Robert Marion.
Steven Walkley, DVM, PhD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
“Lysosomal Disease at Half Century: A New Era Emerges”
January 23, 2015
John D. Wiley Conference Center-University of Wisconsin
Dr. Steven Walkley, Einstein Professor of Neuroscience, Pathology and Neurology and Director of the Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, was chosen as the University of Wisconsin’s 2015 Harry Waisman Memorial Lecturer. Dr. Walkley’s talk, at the John D. Wiley Conference Center on January 23, 2015, entitled “Lysosomal Disease at Half Century: A New Era Emerges,” provided a historical overview of the challenges faced by researchers in the early years after discovery, of this group of devastating diseases.