The IDDRC at CHOP/Penn has been a leader in advancing IDD research for over 29 years. Novel concepts and technologies, many of them barely imaginable 29 years ago, today are a “routine” component in the vocabulary of medical research. Our Center wholeheartedly embraced these innovations, which we considered a boon toward realization of our mission: to discover the causes of IDD and use this knowledge to improve the outcome of affected people.
Our mission is to enable research that enhances understanding of:
The causes of intellectual and developmental disabilities;
The impact of these tragic disorders on the affected child and his or her family; and
The translation of this knowledge into treatments that alleviate suffering and maximize individual potential
In order to fulfill our ambitious mission, our Center has set forth the following goals: