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).
- The RFK IDDRC is also one of the oldest designated University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Research, Education and Service (UCEDD), and as such, has intimate links to Einstein’s UCEDD clinical arm – the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC).
- CERC provides clinicians and investigators with the challenge and opportunity of working with large numbers of IDD-related conditions in the genetically diverse and socioeconomically compromised population of the Bronx.
- Demonstrating further integration within Einstein’s RFK IDDRC, the UCEDD is also home to the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program, one of only 38 in the United States, which supports interdisciplinary clinical training for medical and allied health professionals who care for individuals with special healthcare needs.
- 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.
- With access to 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.