Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Research Center

About the IDDRC

The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University supports research to help children, adolescents, and adults with intellectual and developmental disorders  achieve their potential and participate as fully as possible in family, school, work, and community life. One of fourteen IDDRCs funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), throughout the US, our Center has been central to a scientific enterprise involving hundreds of investigators working to understand and address the problems of developmental disabilities.

Since 1987, the IDDRC has been the nucleus of a larger program of research supported through the Hugo Moser Research Institute established within Kennedy Krieger Institute, in collaboration with affiliated programs throughout The Johns Hopkins University’s academic community. The strengths of this community provide enormous opportunities for translational research relevant to developmental disorders, with internationally recognized expertise and infrastructure well suited to the task of moving knowledge along the continuum from “bench-to-community.

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Learn more about how to become a supported IDDRC investigator and request IDDRC services.


Our mission is to expand research related to intellectual and developmental disabilities with the aim of improved treatment and prevention, to the maximum extent possible. Review a list of the research projects currently supported by our Center.

Check out the special IDDRC issue of the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, featuring cognitive neuroscience approaches to investigating intellectual and developmental disabilities.

IDDRC Director, Dr. Mark Mahone presented at Kennedy Krieger Institute Grand Rounds on March 21, 2019.

Dr. Mahone discussed the resources available to investigators via the Kennedy Krieger Institute IDDRC and how to access them, how the IDDRC facilitates the translation of scientific discovery to both patient care and to public health-related policy changes, and the role of the IDDRC within the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University research communities.